This, That, and the Other #amwriting #cats

As many of you know, I’ve been writing on Medium. It’s an interesting experience given that I actually earn some dinero from my efforts. Un poco dinero. Muy poco dinero. Not to discourage anyone from trying, but given the work I put into my writing, the payout is disappointing. But such is life, right? Writers are flocking to Medium now because everyone wants that chance to make thousands of dollars a month. I’d be happy with tens of dollars a month.

Still, I keep writing because I’ve become addicted to “publishing.” There’s a number of publications on Medium, some developed by Medium editors, some by individuals carving out a niche. I’ve found that my odds of gaining new readers increase if my story is published by one of these publications, rather than if I self-publish. Interesting. Who knew that would make a difference?

Medium recently changed their earnings algorithm, weighing read time more heavily than other forms of engagement like clapping (which is akin to WordPress’s Like button). So now I have to worry about whether anyone is actually reading my stories … lol.

Medium also wants to gain more readers. To that end, we writers are being encouraged to share our stories using the “Friend Link” so that non-Medium readers can read our stories without it counting against their limited access. Medium is hoping these non-members will become so enthralled with the great writing on Medium, that they’ll pony up the $5 per month to read more and more.

In other words, we Medium writers are becoming marketers, which is totally in keeping with my personality. Not.

But to show what a good sport I am, I will share two of my Medium stories, using the Friend Link so any of you non-members can enjoy my stellar prose for free. But, seriously, I feel honored whenever anyone reads my work right down to the last word.

First up, a story about my hair: https://medium.com/crows-feet/hair-to-dye-for-48e032b44dda?source=friends_link&sk=409f00c768008a2ee54943785f45bc39

Anyone who has been following me for any length of time knows that I have an unnatural obsession about my hair.

Next, a story inspired by my 96-year-old mother: https://medium.com/@marieannbailey/everyone-is-falling-apart-508c98a37cc0?source=friends_link&sk=9db3fe974a39ebbf3b0885ceadc37a0f

My mom turned 96 in October and, while she still sounds healthy and even vigorous, I worry. Some in my family are joking that she’s likely to see 100. She might, but she might not, and I’m realizing that I won’t be ready … ever.

But, wait! Let’s not end this post on a sad note. Here … let Wendy put a smile on your face.

Thanks for reading … here or on Medium or both!

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16 thoughts on “This, That, and the Other #amwriting #cats

  1. Oh Marie I LOVE your hair in every single photo. I have longed for long silvery-grey hair my entire life. As soon as a few grey strands came, I was thrilled. I tried to grow it out until finally my hairdresser said, “You really don’t have enough grey to make an impact. It’s just enough to muddle your hair.” And she was absolutely right. I went back to highlights and immediately felt better. I swore when I was 50 I was going to do the buzz cut thing, too. I bet that felt liberating! I also had the mermaid hair! It’s fun, right?!?
    So, Medium. I just don’t understand it and need to try and figure it out again. I try to clap, but they don’t register. I’ve signed in. I do read your work here and Twitter and will continue reading on Medium. I will try to clap/comment. So claps aren’t quite as important anymore?
    The writing life…😬😫😱
    But Wendy makes it all better. 🙂

    • No worries about Medium. I’ve decided I’m too old to sweat the small stuff … and Medium is small stuff compared to all that’s going outside my little world 😉

      Sometimes in the thick of summer, I miss my buzz cut. I won’t be surprised if I do cut it all off again someday. It always grows back 😉

  2. Wendy is nuts. I’ve been in the Medium Partner Program from the start. Sadly, I under-published at that time. Although I had a few articles in those early days earn only pennies, mostly I did much better than that. The new metrics are killing me, though. I will be lucky to see $10 this month. Will I continue to publish? Maybe…

  3. Marketing. Ugh. It’s a Catch-22, because if you overdo it, you’re a spammer. If you underdo it, you’re invisible.

    PS — For whatever reason, I’ve been able to read your Medium pieces via Twitter links with no warnings about limited access. Maybe non-members get a certain number of reads per month or something …

    • Non-members get something like 5 free reads a month, which is not a lot so sharing the Friend Link is helpful. Yeah, I’m not a marketer so I keep my expectations low 😉

  4. Your story about your hair journey is a delight. I wonder how many of us have the photos you have to document your journey. I like how your hair is now, but if you feel the need to change it, then go for it.

    I don’t know much about Medium but have noticed people on Twitter mention it. I’m fascinated by the idea of making money for my writing, but I figure at this point I’m accustomed to sharing without financial reimbursement so it must be what is meant for me. Comments are my reward!

    • Thank you for reading my story! For my mom’s birthday (years ago) I made a collage of all my hair styles and my husband’s (he’s sported a long ponytails and buzz cuts). She loved it. I wish I had made myself a copy 😉 Regarding Medium, it’s nice to make some $, but it’s really hard (at least for me) to make enough that I don’t keep wondering why I bother. Except that I’m writing more since I joined Medium and that ultimately is the point. It’s just another venue. You get A LOT of comments on your posts. If I got half the comments you got, I don’t think I’d have time to write for Medium 😉

  5. Thanks for sharing, Marie, and good luck with Medium. Yeah the whole marketing thing is a pain.
    Wendy is so cute and funny. My cats make me laugh, too. 🙂

    • Thanks! Oh, I didn’t even of the browser being an issue. I should have guessed. Where I work, I have three browsers I use for different applications. One application will only work with Chrome, another will only work with Firefox, another only with IE. Florida state government at its best 😉

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