If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent a huge amount of time reading dozens of “How To Get Started On Medium” articles. By now your home feed should be invaded.
All those crazy hacks and tips about how to set up your profile, what’s the best writing schedule, or how to monetize your account. It was overwhelming, wasn’t it?
Well… while those posts can be a useful guide for your new blogging journey, what I’ve noticed is that very few of them talk about what to expect after you publish your first story.
Will it go viral? Will it be curated? How much will you surely earn from it? You have no followers, will someone ever read it?
May I be completely honest?
You shouldn’t care at all.
What’s your favorite outcome?
I know that money is useful and tempting. But you know how social networks work: likes (claps), followers, and comments seem to be even more valuable, and eagerly looking for those things is way too often a cause of anxiety.
I’m pretty sure though that most of us only search for emotions, which are way more precious than money or social approval.
Try to think about why you love writing.
Isn’t it because you want to inspire others?
You firmly believe that your article will have a massive impact on your readers and you cannot wait to share it!
Perhaps it’s because you care. You feel the topic. You NEED to write it.
Those are the compensation you should be looking for: emotions, not money, or ephemeral success.
One of the things that I personally enjoy the most (and I bet you do too) is the journey that takes me from an empty draft to a published article.
The research. The time spent listening to music while writing. The tea on the desk. The time spent with me, listening to my inner thoughts.
Jeff Sheldon, the founder of Ugmonk, perfectly embodied this concept in one of his designs (which it’s sadly missing from my personal collection):
Enjoy the journey.
Focusing on the journey is the biggest outcome you can look for.
Let’s face it, you don’t have any real control over the results of your writing. You don’t know if Medium will curate your post and show it to the world and you don’t even know if and how much it will be appreciated.
You’re a drop in a vast sea of writers and writings. And this is perfectly fine and it should NEVER scare you.
You’re writing to give, not to receive.
And you can do it even if with zero followings or if your story gets less than 10 reads.
My personal experience
I started this Medium game with 1 follower, Jordan Aspen, which also was one of the persons who helped me figure out this whole thing.
I’m not English mother tongue so writing it always takes me waaaaay longer than it should.
I wrote an article on a topic that didn’t exist before because I coined the term I talk about and hence it also had zero search volume.
And you know what?
I extraordinarily enjoyed the journey! Every single step of it!
And the results… oh man, they have been awful if you only look at the stats. But on a more personal and emotional level?
- I’ve been able to post something after months of inactivity winning against my comfort zone;
- I immediately felt more confident about my writing skills and my “voice”;
- I’ve written and published a second post just a few days after the first one (yes, you’re reading it right now);
- Most importantly, my wife read my first post and loved it not because it was written by her husband but because it resonated with her and, damn, it pushed her to fight her own comfort zone and start a new personal path!
My two cents? While writing, don’t expect anything in return, just do your best. Be helpful and sincere. I had such profound emotional results because I gave on the first.
If you only look at stats you’re going to miss the most important part of the journey.
Thanks for reading. See ya! 🤙
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