My Most Successful Medium Posts Are My Snarky Posts About My Lack of Success on Medium
I washed up on this platform last February after all five of the venues that had regularly published my work — from Purple Clover to the Philadelphia Inquirer — had decided to either stop publishing or paying for the kind of thing I wrote.
Once here, I fell in love with the place. The freedom from the need to submit work to editors was fabulous.
You write it. You hit publish. Done!
How cool is that?
And the level of engagement with readers was unique. When I wrote for the New York Times, I never knew who the hell was reading me. Let alone being able to read what, if anything they’d written.
I gave myself a year to succeed here.
And I did begin to achieve success. People were reading my work. I was reading their work.
I was having a blast.
Did that stop me from making fun of Medium? Of course not!
Making fun is what I do.
And I continued to write snarky posts about the Medium experience.
And here’s the thing. My snarky posts about Medium are consistently more popular than my other posts.
More reads! More engagement! More readers posting comments telling me that I’ve made them laugh.
I am a sucker for making people laugh.
And yet? It’s clear, given recent changes, that this platform is moving in a more serious direction. Short funny posts making fun of Medium no longer make money.
And yet? I can’t seem to stop writing them.
But I have no regrets.
Why? Because writing snarky posts about Medium is fun.
And if you can’t make money on Medium? You may as well enjoy yourself.
( Roz Warren, FBTA, 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.)