Holy Crap! I Got a 100% Read Ratio!
I’ve been on Medium for two years, and something just happened that has never happened to me before. One of my essays actually has a 100% Read ratio! 101 people started reading this essay, and every single one of them finished it.
How crazy is that?
Nobody got bored, or bailed because they decided I didn’t know what I was talking about, or hit the wrong key on their phone by mistake and got thrown out of the piece.
Instead, all 101 readers stayed to the end. Why? What’s so special about this post?
Well, it’s short — just a three minute read. And it does contain useful advice about writing on Medium. But I’ve written dozens of quick reads about writing on Medium, and, like everything else I write, they usually receive around a 63% Read Ratio. Clearly, something else is going on here.
Here’s my theory. Medium once sent me a free T-shirt out of the blue to thank me for acting as an unofficial, unpaid Medium Sherpa:
So I know that Medium is capable of making nice gestures.
Yesterday was my two year anniversary on the platform. Maybe Medium wanted to celebrate! So the algorithm swooped in and made a tiny adjustment to my Read Ratio. (Or maybe it controlled reader’s minds, forcing them to read to the end of my post. Nobody knows how powerful Medium actually is.)
In any event, it sure was a thrill to see that 100% Read Ratio. Happy Anniversary to Me! (It would be even more of a thrill if that post had earned $100 instead of $2.83, but you can’t have everything.)
Thanks, Medium! You made my day! Here’s to another two fun and quasi-lucrative years on the platform!
As I write this, that post still has a 100% read ratio. (Right now 110 readers have started it and stayed with it.) If you are one of those 110 readers, THANK YOU!
And if you aren’t? Now that I’ve gone public about my 100% read ratio? I’m guessing that at least one of you is tempted to mess with it. You’re just itching to jump into the piece and then jump right back out, just to wreck my 100%.
I get that. And I’m asking you, nicely, to refrain. However, knowing the smartasses, class clowns and irreverent troublemakers who make up my readership?
The minute I publish this essay, that 100% Read Ratio is Doomed.
Writing Coach and Medium Sherpa Roz Warren writes for everyone from the Funny Times to the New York Times, has been in 13 Chicken Soup for the Soul collections, and is the author of Just Another Day At Your Local Public Library. Drop her a line at roSwarren@gmail.com.