It’s been 10 months since I wrote and published my first blog here on Medium in late November of 2020. I’m still getting the hang of things and wanted to write about what I have learned so far.
1. Writers on this platform are much more supportive than I expected.
When I first started, I didn’t expect a lot of engagement nor did I heavily promote my posts. I was satisfied to simply write again with the intent of sharing my pieces publicly as I honed certain skills. I thought about monetizing, but that was not my initial or even short-term goal. I became a member because I wanted to read more than 3 Medium articles a month and enjoyed the wide variety of topics and excellent writers that I came across. I left comments on people’s posts (in response to stories as well as in response to comments on their pieces) and thus my level of engagement increased. I was happily surprised by the level of information, tips, tricks, claps, comments and overall support that I have experienced. I think it will only continue to grow and that excites me.
2. Publishing stories regularly is harder AND easier than I thought it would be.
Yup, a total paradox and newfound shocker for me. My original plan was to publish a story twice a week- one fiction and one non-fiction. The former is harder for me to write but I wanted more practice. The latter is easy for me, but I really wanted to keep them balanced. I refused to bend on doing both which led me to write less and less often. I go into more detail about this in my second to last blog. Nowadays I look forward to writing every day and do so easily since taking the pressure off my myself to write in any particular style. It seems I simply had to get out of my own way in order to publish regularly.
3. Writing for the public is a lot different than writing for yourself, friends or professors.
Of course writing is different depending on your “audience”, but it’s been so long (about 15 years) since I’ve written anything more than a long caption for the public to read that I actually forgot just how…