Reflections on My Past Year of Being a Medium Member
A recap of my top stories, what I’ve learned, and what I plan for the years to come
A year ago, I made the decision to officially became a Medium member. After having a Medium account for about five years, something inside me finally decided that it was time to put my money where was my mouth was (Or should I say, put my money where my words were).
A lot has changed in the past year, both on the platform and in my own personal life. Thankfully, I have the written proof showcasing what’s happened throughout those changes. That’s the beauty of writing after all — Everything is documented.
Being a Medium member for the past year has taught me a lot and to highlight what I’ve learned, I wanted to replicate what many other Authors have done which is share some insight on what being a Member actually looked like for me, according to the statistics.
An inside look at my stats
Top stories ranked by the most number of fans:
Top story with the most number of fans:
Top stories ranked by the most number of views:
Top story with the most number of views:
Top stories ranked by the most number of reads:
Top story with the most number of reads:
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As you can see, the number of fans and the number of views doesn’t necessarily correlate to a large payout sum. Furthermore, the stories aren’t the same if I rank the stats in different ways.
The story with the most reads doesn’t necessarily have the most number of fans and the story with the most views doesn’t necessarily have the most number of reads.
We often misconstrue that a story with a high volume of claps means that it likely has a high number of reads and views, but that’s not always the case. One story can receive 50 or 100+ claps purely off one reader.
The topics that my readers were most interested in (Based on my top stories)
Though some reader interests do overlap, they aren’t necessarily all the same every single time. Writing about a topic that I had success with in the past doesn’t guarantee the future success of another article.
At the same time, a topic that you assume would resonate within similar tags doesn’t always end up that way. Reader interests vary which means that you can capture an audience you never thought you’d reach.
What’s in store for the future
I’d like to say that I’ll stick to the topics that I’ve seen most success with, but again, that doesn’t always guarantee success for the future. Though, it is safe to say that I’ll continue to write about similar topics that I’m most confident n writing about such as writing, self, and personal development.
I draw inspiration from many different areas of life which can span across varying topic (as long as I have to accompanying experience to go with it). So, here’s to a [hopefully] successful 2019 of writing!