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If you haven’t heard of Medium, this is an excellent post for you to read because I’m going to talk about it this week! Specifically, I’d like to talk about writing on Medium.
If you are a writer of any kind, you may wish to take a closer look at Medium to determine if it’s the right platform for you. Full disclosure, I don’t think anyone can make a full-time income off of this platform, but you can definitely can make some pocket money.
Are You Multi-Passionate?
Most of us are actually. I have several interests that I like to write about. I write predominately about blogging and crafting on this website, but I also sometimes will publish topics that don’t just fit in with my brand for my blog. Medium is a great place to write about multiple subjects. I have a rant piece about click-bait, a “fake news” piece, and a 30-day assessment on mindfulness currently with plans to throw a bit more up there. These topics don’t immediately jive with my crafting and blogging topics, so I didn’t publish them here on my blog.
So if you have pieces that you’d still like to publish, but your blog niche isn’t similar, you can always publish them. Medium is very useful for that.
Not Sure What You Want to Blog About?
Before you sink some money into buying a domain and site hosting, you can write on Medium and see what is resonating with people. Medium allows you to write on multiple topics that interest you. Once you’ve narrowed it down a bit, you can start your blog and save some time and money!
It can be a sweet little side-hustle
Some people make some money off of their stories on Medium. You have the option when publishing whether to put your story behind the paywall. Not every story gets curated, but it’s a great way to get an added boost to your writing.
Pair it together with affiliate marketing (see my earlier post for some tips!) and selling your own digital products and you might just be able to cobble together a full-time income!
If you are a writer or want to be, you know that you need a portfolio to land clients…yet you need clients to build a portfolio.
You can break this vicious circle a little bit with publishing articles on Medium and linking them to your portfolio on your website or Contently. It may not be a slam dunk like a client piece, but generally, your potential clients aren’t interested in who you worked for. Your potential clients are typically way more interested in what you are going to do for them.
how to Publish on Medium
So I’ve convinced you to give Medium a try, excellent! I’m going to provide you with a brief start-up guide to get going!
Write It Somewhere Else
Publish your post on Medium, but write that puppy somewhere else. I recommend Google Docs, but you can use any word processing platform. I recommend this because technical issues can abound and it’s so much easier to write your article on google docs and then copy and paste it to the Medium text editor.
Upload to Medium
Medium’s editor is reasonably straight forward, you copy and paste your article into the text box, add in your title. If you want pictures, you can upload those as well, if you scroll to where you want the image added and hit enter, you should be presented with a Plus (+) sign, which will permit you to select a photo. Upload it, and you can then edit how you want it displayed in your article.
Once it looks like you want it to, click on the “ready to publish” button near the top. You can edit how your story previews, the featured image, and the tags (up to 5). I also recommend checking the curator’s checkbox as well. If your story gets recommended, it goes behind the paywall, and that’s how you get paid!
Click publish, and it’ll do the rest for you. Boom. You’ve just gone live on Medium, celebrate!!
Writing on Medium is very easy and straight forward. It is an easy way to showcase your writing to potential clients or even get something off your chest. Another benefit of Medium is you can test out blog topics before you commit to an entire 365-day editorial calendar on a subject!
Are you excited to get started? All it takes is to sign up for Medium and get started! Let me know how it’s going down below in the comments and share this post on your favorite social media platform to spread the love!
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Next week I’m going to experiment with crafts that involve sharpie pens, so if you’re curious, definitely check out my post on that. Until then, stay crafty my friends!