Stop writing about ‘how to do’ things. I want to see ‘how you did’ things.
I see this all the time on Medium. It is honestly starting to get frustrating. If we are to truly make a valuable platform where ideas are expressed not for the sake of views, but to actually create value, you need to stop posting ‘how to be your most productive self’ or ‘how to write like C. S. Lewis.’
Don’t misunderstand me here. I would love to write like C. S. Lewis, but how in the world will you be able to explain that to me in the 5 minute reading time that you’ve set out for your blog post?
I am not a negative person.
I think everyone should aspire to make it big, here’s a suggestion, here’s something that I’ve been practicing and will practice till the end of my days.
The Reason People Will Follow You on Social Media
The only reason I follow Casey Neistat on Twitter, Instagram, & YouTube is because he was once very poor, followed his passion for 20 years and is now recognized.
I think he deserves what he has. I give him my full attention. Along with millions of other viewers.
How am I to respect bloggers on this platform that literally have newsletters (and I’ve been subscribed to these), where their introducing line is: “I’ve been having controversial thoughts again . . .”
Are you joking?
Am I supposed to read this? I purposefully delete the email without even checking it. Am I the only one that is seriously disgusted by this sort of deliberate click-bait?
I like Sam Harris. I mean — I like him a lot. I am pretty much on Twitter solely because of Sam Harris. I am going to see him in Vancouver at a speaking engagement, for which I’ll pay at least $400, counting in tickets + bus passes + airbnb.
Why am I so devoted to this gent? Because he is calm, reasonable, and because I know he’ll be doing the best he can with the money that I give him.
I mean — how am I supposed to support writers on this platform that want to make it so that they can buy themselves luxurious houses and go on pricey vacations?
Outwork Everyone — All the Time
Truly, the only way to make it as a writer is if you outwork your opponents. The only way you outwork them, is if you have the right motive. And the only way you gain recognition, is if you stay humble.
Get it right writers.
This is a wake-up call.
And please make your blog personal. I really don’t want to be reading inauthentic compilations of noise that is just a re-editing of a previous blog post everyone else forgot about, because you write one everyday.
This is one of the reasons I will be posting less and less on Medium.
I don’t know if I am correct in this judgement. Let me know in the comments if you agree.
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