It’s My Mediumversary!

An account of my first year on Medium

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Getting Started

My first article was a guide on how to send money out of China in 2019.

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Money, Money, Money

My earnings for my first month on Medium was $11.31.

  • Publish an article every day
  • Earn at least one top writer badge
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Changing Structure

Right now, I receive about 90K views a month, and about 60% of those are reads (meaning that the reader read the article all the way to the end).

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Things Are Turning Around

My earnings quadruped in December because of the change in royalty structure from claps to read time.
This change landed me firmly in “The Club” (my term for the percentage of writers on Medium who earn over $100 per month).

  • Just when you think you’ve given your story enough proofreading, go ahead and do it one more time
  • Don’t write what you think people will want to read, just be honest. Authenticity is valuable because it’s bloody hard to find
  • Don’t feel trapped in a niche. I run four publications that talk about money, health, entrepreneurship, fermentation, power, air travel, and more
  • Just have fun. No income stream is worth it if you’re not having fun

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I write articles that inform and delight from my anti-virus bunker in Shanghai, China. 🇦🇺 🇨🇳

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