$1.51 today, one article, 5 views/44 sec ave. reading time
Since I joined Medium, my morning rituals are pretty consistent.
Feed the dog, walk the dog, instant coffee, turn on laptop and wait to check my Medium account. I hope I am not alone in this. I admit, has become a bit of an obsession.
First I look at followers, then comments, then stats, and then earnings. . It excites me more than I think it should. Because, at this moment, they are just that, pennies. But, I am fairly new and I am happy.
This morning I woke to a surprise. What! I had earned $1.51 from one article. An article that had only 5 views with an average of a 44 second reading time. It must be an mistake. Should I alert the authorities?
And it is ironic. It is ironic because the article I wrote focused on writing quantity over quality. I believe my writing needs improvement so this had become my strategy for now. Write as much as I can and hope for the best. And THIS was the article that attracted the most money?
Quantity Over Quality For Now, Until My Writing Improves
My personal success strategy
The confusion continued. I have many other stories with way more views and reads that make only pennies. What am I missing? I have tried to figure out the almighty Medium Algorithm, but obviously I don’t get it.
But I have learned the following from this experience:
Just keep writing. You sometimes never know which article will succeed.
Write from the heart. Sometimes the best posts are spontaneous, unstructured and whimsical. Mine was written out of a bit of frustration and self-doubt.
I will never understand everything about the Medium algorithm and that is OK. I don’t need to.
Write about your passions
You just never know when you might strike the jackpot.