My 1000th Medium Article
To be honest, I don’t remember how I heard about Medium. The thing that sticks out crystal clear in my mind is that I had heard about it and decided to check it out. It’s one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made.
As I sat in the Columbus Circle Argo Tea store, I researched my first piece. Once I hit publish, I waited with bated breath to see what happened. Nothing. Nothing happened.
Well, not nothing. A friend of mine was kind enough to clap for the article. But my dreams of going viral on this platform would be delayed a bit. I was OK with that.
At the time, I was still working for the now defunct HVY. That platform promised to broaden the audience for their writers. They also promised riches beyond belief.
There was a simple problem with that promise. It wasn’t true. One of my Florida Man pieces went viral on there, but they never gave me any earnings on it. When asked what was going on, they kept kicking the can down the road.
Finally, I was fed up and left. Then I noticed that a deposit had been made to my bank account. It was just pennies, but the one piece I published on Medium earned me some money. I knew the right thing to do.
My friend Shain came over to Medium full time with me. It was August 2019 and everything seemed to be lining up. Sure, I had no idea how to make any money or what would connect with the audience, but I was going to try anyway.
And try I have.
The News Influence
Figuring out what worked and what didn’t proved difficult at first. Personal essays have never been my thing. But I wrote some. They were terrible. Why are they still published? Each one of them is a badge of honor, showing how far I’ve come in this journey.
True Crime pieces always did fairly well for me. So I leaned into that genre a bit more. At first, I published them on Harsh Light News, which Shain owned. Most of my pieces in the beginning went on there.
Sometimes I wondered if Shain and I were in a competition to see who could publish more pieces.