What Medium Has Taught Me
So far, so good.
In big, bold letters on my To-Do List, you see the task: Write a medium article. I attempt to write an article every day, which is always easier said than done. I’ve been active on this platform for about three months, and I find it to be a habit that has many struggles and rewards.
The struggles can be easier to identify on a daily basis. For instance, I constantly feel like I’m out of ideas. I go to write an article and poof! There goes any original idea that I may have been thinking of.
I also find it hard to stay motivated. I’m someone motivated by a quantified measure of progress. Needless to say, after I hit my peak amount of views in one day, I found it hard to see low numbers from day to day, never picking up. I often wonder what I’m doing wrong.
The rewards are hidden in these struggles. For one, my struggles remind me that I need to shift my perspective. I have to remind myself that I want to become a better writer. I want to impact people. I don’t need to have thousands of views to do that — I just need one. Medium also gives me an outlet to express my thoughts, feelings, and ideas. It is so rewarding to interact with others about my articles.
Being on Medium over these past few months has been a bit of an upward battle. I find myself wanting to reach more people, but trying to remind myself that I shouldn’t be in it for that reason. Internally, I’m trying to rewrite my goals and find more progress in the quality of my work.
I just have to remind myself: you are not measured by the views you’ve gotten in the past 30 days… and neither are you.