It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been a Medium member for over three years! I joined back in June 2014 — why I joined I can’t remember, but I only wrote sporadically at first. Since then though, I’ve learned a few lessons that have helped me improve my writing and my presence here on Medium.
Keep track of your stats.
Stats tell you how many views your stories are getting, as well as if people like your stories. Stats also show you where your views are coming from — what websites or social media sites.
Read stories that other people write on Medium.
Reading other people’s stories provides a few benefits:
- Gives you ideas for stories of your own.
- When you read stories that other people write, they may read stories that you write.
As you write more, your stats will improve.
This should go without saying — as you write more, your stats will improve because you have more of a presence on Medium — you’re not just someone who occasionally writes a story on Medium.
Different types of content perform better.
One of the things I love about Medium is that nothing is off-limits — you can write anything you want to. I have noticed that different types of content perform better, however. I’ve re-published some of the posts I’ve published on other websites through the “Import a Story” feature, and I’ve found that some types of content perform better than others. For example, a story I wrote a progress update for the 90-Day Challenge I had been participating in that the Entrepreneur’s Handbook ran back in June— it got 102 views and 52 reads. Contrast that with a story I wrote earlier in the month called “How to Create a Running Total in Google Sheets” that got 949 views and 779 reads. Why that one got more views and the other didn’t I don’t know, but my suspicion is because it was a “how to” piece rather than just an update post — the referrers for that website show that most of the traffic came from Google:
As I try to get back into the habit of writing again every day, I want to start experimenting with different types of content again, so be patient with me. And if you have any suggestions on how I can improve, please feel free to comment.