Medium Readers! Take the Two Minute Challenge

It’s Fun! It’s Easy! It’s Two Minutes Out Of Your Life That You’ll Never Get Back Again!

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Photo by Martin Moreno on Unsplash

Medium used to pay writers based on how much readers enjoyed our work. Now, we’re only paid for the amount of time they spend reading it.

This puts those of us who write humor, haiku and other short posts at a profound disadvantage.

I have suggested that we short-form writers combat this by padding our posts:

I’ve also suggested that readers not only read, but take the extra time to memorize, the poems they enjoy on this site:

Here’s another idea.

Whenever you read a brief post? After you’ve read it, challenge yourself to see if you can spend two extra minutes meditating on the photo that accompanies it.

Those two extra meditative minutes will not only give you a brief but calming respite from the demands of your day, but they’ll provide a few extra pennies to the poor Medium writer whose pithy post you just took twelve seconds to bomb through.

Let’s practice!

Set a timer for two minutes. Then contemplate the dog photo that illustrates this post.

Sit back. Take a few deep calming breaths. Relax. Give that photo some thought.

What’s going on here? Why does that dog look so happy? Why is he sitting on a bunch of rocks near a body of water? Doesn’t that collar look a little big for such a small dog?

And where the hell is his leash?

Is he permanently off leash or did his owner take the leash off just for this photo?

Is that even safe?

My own little dog couldn’t be trusted to sit around off-leash like that, even for a moment. If another dog came by? Captain would be after it like a shot.

And so on.

Go ahead. Just let your thoughts wander.

(Just like Captain would wander if I plunked him down, leash-free, on a bunch of rocks and starting photographing him.)(Unless there were plenty of treats involved.)

When the timer goes off, congratulate yourself — you’ve not only enjoyed two minutes of relaxing, mind-expanding meditation, but you’ve done a good deed for a fellow writer!

I’d be happy to return the favor. Just post a Comment that contains the number Two — maybe you can share your own thoughts about the dog photo — and I promise to read your latest short post and spend two minutes with the photo.

As long as it isn’t a photo of a shark.

Or Donald Trump.

Because that would give me nightmares.

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Sweet dreams! (Photo by Wai Siew on Unsplash)

Will this practice, if enough of us adopt it, help bridge the Medium Payment Gap between longform and pithy Medium writers?


Until Ev Williams moves the goal posts again.

( Roz Warren is the author of two collections of library and book-related humor, Our Bodies, Our Shelves: A Collection of Library Humor, and Just Another Day At Your Local Public Library, both of which would make great gifts for your favorite librarian or other bookish friend. If you enjoyed this post by Roz Warren, you might enjoy this one too.)

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Writing Coach/Medium Sherpa Roz Warren( ( writes for everyone from the New York Times to the Funny Times.

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