Medium Income and Progress Report November 2020: $30.77
Some writers advise ignoring the stats completely for the first year. I’m curious to learn how my articles are performing. By writing this income report I also force myself to have a closer look at the stats and reflect on how it went.
In November I went through a serious writing dip. Instead of the planned 30 pieces, I only wrote 13. I put too much pressure on myself, which was counterproductive. That does not mean I’m lowering the bar. I still aim to publish one piece per day, whether I write daily, or lock myself in the house during the weekend to produce content for the entire week like Tim Denning. A new month, a new try.
Out of the 13 pieces, five got published in larger publications:
- Why You Should Document Your Life in Curious
- My bio in the unofficial Medium Writer Yearbook About Me Stories
- What Great Managers Do Differently in The Startup
- Why I Write So Openly About My Failures and How I Set Up My Writing Habit in The Innovation
I’m starting to notice that it really does make a difference to have your piece published in a larger home.
At this time I don’t submit every single piece I write to a large publication. And if a piece gets rejected when I do submit, I will still self-publish.
My views and reads have slightly gone up. On average I get around 400 views and 100 reads per day. This month for the first time my views reached over 800, which is pretty cool.
My Google Sheets Geeks publication is growing, although slowly. The publication has 240+ followers and there currently are 200+ email subscribers. The articles rank on Google’s first page and generate the most views to date.
I also placed six pins on Pinterest. Experimenting more with this platform is on my wish list for 2021. No sudden peaks in traffic, but it’s nice to see some people reaching the publication via Pinterest.
Now, back to the money part. Since I wrote less than half the amount of pieces throughout November, I was expecting my earnings to drop and maybe reach $10 or $15. Instead, the November 2020 total is $30.77.
The top five articles that generated the most money are all in publications: 3 in my tiny publication. The other two are published in The Startup (Have an iPad? That Means You Have a Second Screen) and Curious (Why You Should Document Your Life). Together these made $23.75 and account for more than 77% of my total earnings.
Four further articles generated close to $1 and a further 23 collected some spare cents.
All in all, it amounted to $30.77, which is enough to cover:
- A full week of groceries
- Multiple online subscriptions of $5 to $9.99 each
- My internet subscription
- Two new books I can use to educate myself…
And so on. I don’t take this for granted.
- Keep training my writing muscle consistently. I can call myself up to speed when I manage to write, edit, and format, and publish one piece per day.
- Start working together more with publications. Make an overview of all publications I’m interested in and/or where I’d love to get featured in, the topics they cover, and their submission guidelines. I will use this overview to determine where a piece can best be submitted to.
- Continue doing my best to ensure a piece is useful to the reader. I try to write from the reader’s perspective. Not just dump my thoughts on paper as if it’s a personal journal entry.
- Start using Medium to share and consolidate what I’m learning. When you can teach or explain a topic to someone else, you truly comprehend it, or so they say. Maybe someone else can point out the flaws or inefficiencies in my approach or method, or it could help someone set up theirs.