I started my Medium journey on August 23rd, 2022. In the first 60 days, I acquired approximately 2,300 reads and 28 followers with 17 stories. In contrast to the last 30-day period, I began posting new stories relatively quickly (from October 27th onwards).
Resolving “The Incident”
I was still not as efficient on Medium as I could be. As a reminder, I had been dealing with an incident at a new apartment that was about to escalate into a legal matter. By this time, I had executed wave one of four in an attempt to resolve the situation. Then, I did nothing for some time…
On November 3rd, one of my parents — allegedly — called the apartment office, which led to a maintenance member visiting me. Not only was I unaware of this call, but I also had a technical interview in the next 10 minutes. I asked the maintenance member to visit after the interview, which sparked an argument about “letting them do their job” (despite being given 20 more days to do so). Long story short, I performed well in the interview.
When the interview was over, I visited the apartment complex to resolve my argument with the maintenance member, which led to that maintenance member fixing every issue I had with the unit. He told me that the higher-ups were causing a lot of sh*t. So my physical problems were fixed, but the late fee was still applied. The war wasn’t over yet.
I’m not sure what happened from that time to November 14th. On that date, I was notified of an arbitrary balance, and upon checking the portal, my late fee was removed. All I know is that — throughout this entire incident — the apartment complex lost three employees from management. So I’ve won… But at what cost?
One Line Changes Everything
On October 29th, I published “One Line to Debug Your CSS Issues”. It was eventually published in the Level Up Coding publication (by Trey Huffine). This grew my reach among Medium Members. The story was also posted on Reddit.
In “Loot From 30 Days On Medium”, I surmised that Member Reading Time is the most important metric in Medium’s recommendation algorithm. Given that the story (One Line to Debug Your CSS Issues) maintains 315 minutes of Member Reading Time, this might be the case. However, I can’t confirm this claim since the statistics provided by Medium state that only 10% of the traffic came from internal sources. Otherwise, the majority of views come from “Android Device (1.8K)”, “google.com (1.6K)”, and “email, IM, direct (700)”.
From November 3rd to November 17th, I worked on Disgo v0.10.1, an API Wrapper used to create Discord Bots. On November 18th, a tragedy occurred. I almost lost everything. Such that the 12-hour event will be discussed in a story of its own.
During those 12 hours, I was forced to reflect on whether the path I’m taking is correct. More than anything, I realized that I have a problem with recognition concerning my skills (music, software, etc): This issue stems from my upbringing.
When Medium prioritizes features such as Syntax Highlighting, it’s not farfetched to assume that the platform has a large audience of programmers. So it’s no surprise that The Pay Disparity of Programmers(released on November 21st) continues to perform well.
Loot From 90 Days on Medium
Let’s analyze the results from this period and compare them to the aggregate.
The Last 30 Days
What did I gain from posting 11 stories and 0 responses on Medium in the last 30 days?
6,278 views (2,327 reads).
What did I gain from posting 28 stories and 12 responses on Medium in 90 days?
10,759 views (4,644 reads).
39 out of 100 followers (required for a Medium Partnership).
At the current rate, it will take me 140 more days to become eligible for a Medium Partnership. However, this doesn’t factor in how growth in the entertainment industry is exponential. It also doesn’t factor in what I’ve planned to release in December: Content that may change everything. So after 90 days on Medium, I am reminded that I have the potential to make money on Medium.