I’m Clapping as Fast as I Can!
I am a Medium Clap Backer.
Which means? If you clap for me, I will do my best to find something you’ve written and read and applaud it.
But here’s the thing. One of my recent Medium essays did really well. (For me, anyway.)
739 Reads! 122 Fans!
I totally expect this essay to bring in at least $12.
And yet? 122 fans?
That’s a lot of reading and clap-backing.
I could save myself some time by going down the list of folks who clapped for my popular post and then clap like hell for all of their latest posts — without reading them.
Whether or not you actually read a post doesn’t matter to Medium. To Medium, all claps are considered equal. (How do I know this? I asked Medium Support.)
But? That would take all the fun out of it.
Part of the pleasure of being on this platform is reading the work of other writers. Finding my Tribe. Getting to know you by reading your work. That moment when I read a Medium Masterpiece that gobsmacks me with its wit, insight and/or brilliance.
Why for instance, would I want to applaud-without-reading this post by B. Michael Logan rather than taking the time to enjoy every hilarious word?
So what’s my point?
That 122 fan piece? It was published 5 days ago.
I’m still working my way — slowly but happily — through the work of the readers who clapped for it.
(Luckily, my subsequent posts haven’t done nearly as well.)(Wait. What?)
So — to everyone who has clapped for me and is eagerly scanning their stats, waiting for me to clap back?
Please be patient.
I will get there. It will happen.
But it might not happen today.
But what, you ask, if one of my future posts takes off and goes insanely viral? Amassing zillions of fans — so many fans that I can’t possibly clap for them all without spending the rest of my life reading your work and clapping for it for hours every day?
I have three things to say about that:
(1) There are plenty of worse ways to spend the rest of my life.
(2) I’d love to have that problem.
(3) I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
In the meantime, if you’ve clapped for me and I have yet to clap for you? I have just two words for you (and God knows we’ve all seen these words before):
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