My Top Intentions for Medium in April 2021
I want to be honest. 2021 is my Year of Honesty. Here’s where I screwed up.
I joined Medium about 5 years ago and never wrote anything, just imagining that I one day would. It wasn’t until last year that I decided to return during the summer of the pandemic. I wrote a total of 8 articles and only about 3 of them I actually liked. But after a month, I didn’t return when I had other writing obligations. Unfulfilling school assignments and failed job applications took away my confidence and creative mojo.
I bet each bit all sounds familiar. You’ve probably gone through a similar period with your own hobbies or interests. Wishing that you could turn it into something productive. The anxiety you feel over missing out on creating and growing is insurmountable. And you probably have such limp reasons for why you’re not doing it — like me.
I had no real excuse for why I left Medium other than I didn’t care enough. But I always cared enough to look in on my old posts, sigh and think “I remember when I wrote those”. It sucks when you really like something and you’re proud of doing it, but you let it go to waste.
So this stops now. At least for this month.
I no longer have school or a job to hide behind. I am starting fresh and I’ve unlisted all the previous stories I’ve written to begin a clean writing slate. Maybe sometimes that’s what you need to do. Forgive yourself for not enjoying or nurturing your interests and just…reset.
And so, here are my top intentions for my redemption arc in April 2021:
- Get better at curation — memorizing the official guide like a devout religious follower, I will try and follow these principles to the best of my ability. This will ensure that I write quality stories and not just throwaway blog posts.
- Write more — every writer and their grandmother consistently preaches the practice of writing and continuous writing. How else will anyone know you exist and help you improve if you don’t publish stories they can find? My goal is to post 3x a week this month: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
- Share my stats — this one is new for me. But several writers like Michelle Loucadoux have done the same and it’s eye-opening. So for the rest of the month, I’m going to be transparent about how real the journey is. It also holds me accountable to intentions no. 1 and 2.
- Earn money — this one is going to be hard for some people to see, especially as a new writer. But I believe it is a mistake to not assert what you want to the universe and a publishing platform like this. I want to make money writing.
I applaud that many people treat writing on Medium as a hobby or space for personal self-improvement. But I believe the rest of you are like me. You are here to celebrate earning a few cents for your piece of work. You are proud to publish something you were brave enough for the world to see. And you shouldn’t be apologetic for that.
Below, for example, are the one-day stats and earnings from my first story Thinking That Your Career Choice Was a Mistake? You’re Not Alone. In one day, I only made $0.06 but I am so damn proud. And the claps made me more proud than my other traditional achievements in a really long time.
So let me ask you. Do you want to be like the old me and return to a cycle of maybe later’s and why didn’t you try? Do yourself a favour and be more honest about what you really want to create. Even if it doesn’t work out, see how far you can take it.
There’s a reason that FOMO (the fear of missing out) is such a popular term thrown around these days. And we should both be tired of RSVP’ng no to the party.