Let’s Stop Only Blaming Our Fellow Writer’s for Low Reads and Views

Time to dig a little deeper

Janice Tovey
2 min readFeb 20, 2024


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I don’t mean to ruffle any feathers.

This may not be a popular view with many, including the “powers that be,” but, I think it may be time to resist pointing so many fingers at only our fellow writers for our unstable views, reads, and cash. The so called view/read ratio.

Blaming the members of our Medium writer community, who are probably working just as hard as we are, for our low stats, seems a little unfair, and perhaps a bit shortsighted. (in my opinion). We are all hustling, doing what we love, and trying to make a buck or two.

I am not saying it isn’t frustrating. It is! I know that sinking feeling when my ratio is high in the morning and starts plummeting through the day, day after day.

Seems so unfair!

And the really discouraging part is this downward turn most likely has nothing to do with the quality of our writing.

Like kids in a sandbox, throwing dirt at each other, smoke and mirrors, distracted, and maybe so preoccupied that we fail to see, or address the bigger issues on Medium.

And, while the internal quibbling can make for some interesting reads, and stats, it does nothing to address the…



Janice Tovey

My passion is writing. I also love reading, teaching, animals, nature, music, and humor. I am curious about everything and enjoy writing about all things.