Medium to Poets and Humorists: Drop Dead!
Here in the Post-Clap Era, Medium Writers are no longer paid on the basis of how much readers enjoy — and clap for — their work.
Now all that matters is how long a paying member (or future paying member) spends reading it.
A reader can be dutifully plugging their way through your interminable 12-minute post, thinking “Wow! I’ve Never Read Anything so Boring!” “This Totally Sucks!” Shoot Me Now!”
Not to worry!
As long as you captured their eyeballs for a full 12 minutes?
The Medium Money Truck will be happy to pull right up and dump piles of $$ on your lawn.
But write a quick funny post or a compelling little poem that a reader falls in love with but takes just seconds to read?
Pennies for you, pal.
So how’s the new system working out for me, a writer of short humor pieces and snarky Haiku?
Take a look. I recently published two little poems about Medium.
This 20-second read, published in the Halcyon Days of the Clap Era, got 2,500 Claps from 98 fans. It earned $12!
A Short Poem About the Fate of Short Poems on Medium
Now that the Only Metric That Matters is the Length of Time a Reader Spends Reading Each Post
But this quite similar 20- second read, published in the Brave New World of the Post-Clap Era?
A Short Poem About Reading Short Poems on Medium If We Don’t Want Poets To Go Broke
Now That the Only Metric That Matters is the Time a Reader Spends Reading Each Post
So far it has received 1,000 claps from 41 fans, for a total of…
(Cue drum roll and clash of cymbals…)
So — how do I like the New Payment Metric?
Not so much.
It’s a great system if you want to eliminate two line poems.
Maybe the system will be tweaked. Improved. Fine-tuned.
I totally get it.
I love Medium, but this isn’t my world and I don’t get to make the rules.
This is Evan Williams’s sandbox. We’re just playing in it.
Evan Williams isn’t here to make me happy.
And? He’s doing a great job.