I have written just under 200 blog posts and I receive an average of 800 or so views a day. Interestingly enough, though, there is little engagement on the articles (claps, comments) & so I don’t get money for it.
The way I’ve rationalized it is that it’s probably because a lot of readers that read my posts aren’t on Medium. So, they don’t clap or respond (could there be a better reason?)
Certain content is prioritized. Possibly for good reasons. I don’t know. The one thing I do know, however is why I started and kept blogging. The reason I started blogging was because I received feedback & saw that there was a vibrant community of thinkers that challenged themselves — driven & ambitious. You’ve pointed out how important they were for your journey. I feel the same way.
I hope Medium finds a way to de-monopolize content, to stop prioritizing, & create a system that features posts as they are. Possibly groups, or a friend system, a more efficient bookmarking for posts (think Twitter: favorites/ retweets).
Until that day, it’s going to be the same mess of content, where top posts are viewed & the average blogger (the 95% that actually keep this site going by funding it) will be stranded on lonely islands.
They need to bank on community.
Thanks for talking about this Mike! Ahead of the curve, as always.