Medium Owes You Nothing
Entitlement won’t increase your earnings from the Medium Partner Program.
To be alive now is a blessing. Why do I say that? Not because 2020 has been going so great. During our lifetime the internet was introduced. We have smartphones and near-unlimited access to the world’s information. We can buy software subscriptions on demand, and get rid of them just as easily. You can set up a side business while barely needing to invest startup costs. Think Etsy shops for creatives. Think Wordpress websites for bloggers or entrepreneurs.
No matter what you want to achieve, with persistent effort over a longer stretch of time, the chance of you succeeding significantly increases. But it never comes easy. If it did, everyone would be “successful”. There would then be no guidebooks or courses on how to get success in a certain field. Because everyone would already know how it works. We’d be in the same boat.
Every now and then I come across a piece on Medium about a new writer complaining how they aren’t earning as well as they wished for with the Medium Partner Program. When I dive into their profile thereafter, I see this person has barely been writing for a month. Or every now and then, with month-long breaks in between.
My only question is this: How can you expect to get results when you’re not putting in the work?
The very first month I started seriously writing, I earned nothing. But I didn’t care, because from there, it could only go up.
As of September 2020, “only” 6.4% of active writers earned over $100. Sure, there are writers who jump on the platform, write one story, it goes viral and boom, their bank account gets filled up with a couple of thousands. We’d all love that. And for that to happen every single time we hit the publish button. That would really motivate. But those hits are outliers. You’d need to get damn lucky.
To be able to earn money with your stories on Medium, you don’t even need to be a paying member. You could just register an account, start writing and try to cash in. Because we are supposed to experience success because we wrote something, right? Wrong.
For something that costs you no money to start with, you can’t be feeling entitled to certain results. Why? You only control the amount of work you put in. Focus on that instead.