Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Not another one of these. Why should you sit there and listen to just one more millennial white guy blather on about how he bootstrapped himself into the Medium elite by starting a newsletter? This is getting old.
And you’re right. You’re right.
Just to prove it to you, I promise I won’t even share one of those annoying screenshots. You know the ones. The ones you can’t help but painstakingly analyze the picture for imperceptible clues to success while you self-sabotage by instantly and irrevocably comparing yourself and your income to the author. That’s bad energy, and you know it.
The reason I’m not going to share my screenshots isn’t because I want to spare you, though. Don’t get me wrong. I would love to tell you all about how I only made twenty dollars the first week of this month, and then show you how I exploded into success by week three, making over five hundred bucks. You know, that 80/20 rule is really something.
No, the real reason I’m not going to do any of that stuff — the reason I’m going to be different from most of the windbags out there is very simple. The secret to my success can be mimicked by anyone. It doesn’t involve a “list” or having a “product” either. I didn’t wake up at 5am every day to accomplish my goal. That always seemed like a counterproductive move to me anyway. I write at my sharpest when I get some real rest.
The truth is, I didn’t make $2k this month. (But you’re still here reading anyway. Why? What did you want from this article?)
Actually, I’ve never made $2k on any month I’ve written on Medium. The most I’ve ever made for an article was about $60. Which was still pretty awesome, because I mean…I just kind of griped about getting divorced and got paid sixty United States dollars. So that’s cool.
The truth is, I really am tired of reading all these stories about how some random guy made money on Medium, and I bet you are too. Some of it’s useful, I grant. But most of it seems like the author manufacturing and then eating their own ego candy in some navel gazing, saccharin, regurgitation cycle.
Why do we read these things? What are we hoping to gain?
That is a point for future reflection.
There will be a great irony if I end up making money from this article. If that happens, what does it show? That money is a weird, made up construct? That I’ve been entertaining, and there was added value after all? That people — myself as much as anyone— would often rather read about how to do things than actually do the things?
If you’re going to write on Medium, especially if you think you’re going to do it for money, you should probably just get to writing.
That’s what I’m going to do.