And not just because I’m not making money
I’ll preface this article by saying I’m a newbie on Medium. I’ve been here for two months. At the end of the 2nd month, Medium changed their Partner Program.
Prior to that, I found my flow. I was writing daily, gaining claps and followers and even managed to make just under $50 my second month. I was ecstatic. I never thought I’d make a dime let alone 500 of them.
While leaving my day job and writing full time isn’t a realistic goal, I was happy with the possibilities of having a fulfilling side gig here.
Then the Partner Program changed.
I’ve still written everyday. I’ve still been curated. But, I’m seeing a shitload less views. I’m getting less claps. I’m doing no where near as well as I did before.
For a stat checker like me, I liked waiting a week to see my earnings. Being able to view earnings everyday removes the surprise factor on Wednesday. It gave me something to look forward to.
I’ve read some stories that Medium did this to save money and I can’t help but agree. Those who have a huge following don’t seem to be affected financially and possibly are doing even better. Newbies or folks with less followers are struggling.
It’s not all about money but when you spend a lot of time writing and publishing on the platform, you do want to feel like your time has been worthwhile.
Have you noticed it takes longer for your stories to be reviewed for curation? I write at night after my day job and usually publish before bed. I used to wake up in the morning to a curated article. It was nice to see first thing in the morning. Now, If I get curated it’s over a day, sometimes two, later. I published a story on Saturday and it was curated Monday.
I’m not sure I understand what’s going on but I do know that catering to the big dogs will result in the loss of the little ones. If the purpose is to truly see who will sink or swim, I’m sinking.
I’m usually a positive person and this is just me getting my thoughts out. I don’t know if I will stay after this year but I’m going to stick around for now and see what happens. Maybe a combination of the old partner program and the new is the ideal scenario but the new one has got to go.