And why it’s important to join it.
What is Medium exactly?
It’s a platform that I spend most of my writing abilities there.
A unique platform where over the year I’ve been on has transformed my writing significantly.
It’s housed a few posts of mine that have gone viral and garnered many subscribers to my email list as a result.
If you are a writer, or if you’ve never heard of Medium before, this article is for you. I want to share with you my experiences, but also what is Medium with all of you.
What Is Medium?
Medium was founded in 2012 and since then it’s grown into a massive wealth of information. With well over 40 million hours of read time per month, Medium has attracted many great minds, businesses, and indie writers to the platform.
Medium has also gone through a number of significant changes to the platform since then. Some very helpful for writers, while others tend to disagree with it.
In short, I feel Medium is becoming more of a magazine online as opposed to what Medium was before. I talk about that theory a little bit in this article.
All in all, Medium is a source of topics and ideas that are presented in a unique way. It’s different than the writing you’ll see in say the New York Times or Time Magazine. But on top of that, Medium pays their writers as well.
The company brands themselves as a platform for indie writers, and I still stand behind that. Medium is paying indie writers exceptionally well if you are willing to push yourself and grow. It’s for this reason why I continue to push myself as a writer.
Furthermore, this is a great place for readers because you get more authentic posts and different perspectives. This is big since so much journalism has a bias and social media is only focusing on your interests as opposed to letting you explore the other side of an argument.
What Medium Does For You
If you are a writer like myself, Medium is a platform for you. They will literally pay you for growing as a writer. There’s no guarantee you’ll make hundreds, but a little bit of money goes a long way.
In short, Medium has provided writers with their very own blog. This is the only place I can think of that does something like this. Your own official site can literally be a Medium profile.
Think about it.
- You’re allowed to post as much content as you’d like.
- You can guest post via the hundred plus publications on Medium.
- And on top of that, you can get paid to do all that.
Of course, there still is some level of marketing involved.
At the same time, this is also a great place for readers as well. Again, it’s a place that has unique ideas and has a lot to offer on a variety of subjects. There’s politics, economics, lifestyle,
The best of all of this is that this is all free.
It doesn’t cost a thing to access Medium.
The only cost there is is the membership subscription. It’s not mandatory, though you get access to premium posts. It only costs $5 a month, or $50 per year.
That’s not half bad since even Netflix is at least double that monthly subscription price.
It’ll also run you about the same price as a Starbucks coffee and how many of those do you get per month?
This is the paying aspect for writers as Medium has algorithms that calculate how you get paid. In short, the formula is based on how many claps you get from paid members. Furthermore, it’s also based on how much time that person spends on that post.
We don’t have precise numbers on that, but at the end of the day, that money can fuel writers.
Sometimes all us writers need is a few extra bucks and that can make a difference. From self-publishing a book to providing for their own family.
So I encourage you all to join Medium (my profile right here). It’s a platform for writers, but also for readers.
Readers will receive unique content that you won’t find anywhere else.
Writers, you’ll have an opportunity to present new ideas and grow an audience significantly faster than if you were starting your own independent blog.
All of this, and more, for free. Or for the low low price of a Starbucks cup of coffee every month.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon