Medium Writers That Are Crushing It Are Doing One Thing Differently
It’s not so obvious and is revealed when you look at their Medium Profile Pages (I did the analysis for you to save time).
There are some writers on Medium that are absolutely crushing it bigger than Gary Vee himself, who made the phrase popular with his book of the same name.
I took some time to peruse the profiles of Medium Writers such as Tom Kuegler, Shannon Ashley, Shaun Kernan, Shaunta Grimes, Michael Thompson, and Jessica Wildfire.
Do you know why these writers are killing it on Medium?
They keep publishing new stories even when the world sleeps or everybody is on holidays around the world for the same reason.
If you don’t believe me, click each of their profiles. Many of them even publish on public holidays or on sacred days that no man/woman is supposed to publish.
If you’re not winning on Medium
Maybe Medium is not working for you. If I had to put my inspector gadget hat on for a second, I’m almost certain it comes down to one thing: you’re not consistent enough.
It’s easy to publish on the good days, but what about the bad ones? It’s on those days that you have to be courageous enough to write something, publish it, and know that maybe it wasn’t your best work but that’s okay.
The habit of writing is far more important than the BS metrics of headlines, word selection, white space, sentence structure, feature images, etc.
Writing consistently created more successful writers than not.
It’s the secret sauce of bestselling authors Ryan Holiday, Tim Ferriss, Derek Sivers, Seth Godin, Neil Gaiman, and Malcolm Gladwell. I’m sure you would have heard of at least one of these authors — and you may never have heard of any of them if they didn’t commit to writing consistently.
You are good enough
No Medium writer is born with magic writing abilities.
We all start out just as crap as the next person, including me. Don’t believe me? Go back and read one of my first articles.
Look how bad the grammar is. Look at how ridiculous the topic is. Look at how bad the interview was. Look at where it was published. Look at my funny bio. Look at the silly picture that was used (it used to be worse with two old white dudes shaking hands — but it was changed a year ago, not by me).
If you’re doubting yourself, I’m here to tell you that you shouldn’t. If you write consistently, ideally weekly, you’ll see a huge improvement in the first year alone. Try these tips:
- Batch your writing to one or two days
- Edit on days you’re not writing
- Aim to be helpful above everything else
- Try to stay clear of the stats page
- Talk to other writers
- Clap other writers work very loudly (50 claps is awesome)
Analyze the work effort
Still not convinced? Each of these writers above has done many interviews you can google.
The amount of times they mention consistency makes my eyes bleed. The answer is so obvious and I want everyone to find it for themselves and have their one huge aha-moment like I did five years ago.
The best feeling is knowing you did your best
That’s what this article is really about. Consistency is awesome and what tops that is knowing that you did your best.
You crush it in the writing sphere when you know you’ve done your best and put in the work. You don’t win by lying to yourself and occasionally publishing, then blaming the Medium Platform for failing.
Looking back on the last twelve months of Medium, the part that gives me the drive to keep going is knowing that I showed up. Not just on the good days.
I showed up on Medium after my ass was fired from my 9–5 job.
I showed up on Medium after an overwhelming number of recruiters rejected me — and even called me sh*t to my face.
I showed up on Medium after a potential employer read a story I wrote and declined me because of it.
I showed up on Medium after a group of LinkedIn trolls attempted to shoot down my credibility with blatant lies and were banned by the social media giant for life.
In summary, this is what the best writers on Medium do
- Give Medium everything they got
- Publish on Medium regularly
- Show up on Medium on the bad days, not just the good
- Publish new stories when everybody else is on holidays