One’s journey in life should involve not just living it from day to day, but also reflecting upon it. To take stock; celebrate the highlights, and learn from the lows.
With this week marking my second year writing on Medium; I thought I’d continue the tradition by sharing my thoughts of my journey here.
I mean, companies publish annual reports — why can’t I?
With that in mind, below are my key observations and takeaways from the year just gone.
- I published 30 articles — bringing my total to 85. After a relatively gruelling schedule of publishing articles in my first year; I moved to a fortnight cadence to help ensure that I continued to write regularly, but not so much that it became a chore (given my other responsibilities)
- Despite the reduced frequency with which I posted, they cumulatively now had ~165,000 views. This is, to me, mind-blowing. When I first set out, I wondered if I’d even get one view given some of the esoteric topics I may write about. This wouldn’t have been possible without the platform
- I was curated 15/30 times; including once in the “featured stories” section on the Medium main page. This was a much better ratio than last year. I found that one way to get featured was to write about topics trending in the news — not a surprising pattern but a somewhat reliable one
- The read rate on my articles is at around 38%; only marginally lower than last year.
- People have started reaching out to me to get my input on certain topics. For instance, I did an hour-long interview on a satellite TV show, and also had a discussion with an audio journalist on the other side of the world in relation to one of my posts.
- I have created an index post to which I can direct people who are new to my work. It provides a memorable URL wherein they can find my content indexed by topic
- My first year saw me get to about 360 followers. After halving my writing frequency, my second year has seen me get to around 610.
- Many articles I posted that either didn’t do well at the outset or died down appear to have been rediscovered by audiences much later and doing quite well
- The platform appears to be growing, with many of the publications I write for multiplying in size. This has generally been good for me — although some have evolved their policies and practices in ways that haven’t been great
- I did an experiment to see how effective Twitter was as a channel. After 28 days of tweeting 3x a day (one per day pointed to an article of mine); I received around 7,000 impressions (a near 1700% increase); about 37 visits to my Twitter profile and 13 mentions. Zero new Twitter followers even though I got a few mentions and retweets — including by some people with ~2.5K followers. In summary, Twitter seemed to be a little too much effort for the return.
Over the next year, I intend to continue writing on the platform — but again; the frequency may drop a little to allow me to also focus more on writing fiction. I may also start publishing on topics related to my day job — perhaps through LinkedIn.
We’ll see how that goes.
Thanks for sticking with me.
Sydney, Australia — March 2021.
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