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Here’s what none of them taught me.

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Last year I took three classes to learn how to make big bucks writing on Medium. I wanted to know what I was doing before starting to write on Medium. I figured if I were super-prepared and super-knowledgeable, I would be guaranteed to make at least $1,000 my first month on Medium.
From there on, the sky would be the limit.

I had read about plenty of people who support themselves solely by writing on Medium in the Partner Program, some earning more than $10,000 a month. With that type of money, my husband could quit his job on the…

I wish I could forget it.

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I am one of those people with a freakishly good memory. Unfortunately, I only have a good memory for trivial things about my own life.

For example, if you tell me you like a sweater that I’m wearing, I will tell you I bought it at Target on Coolidge Highway, six years ago on a Sunday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. in March, after going to the car wash where there was a $5 special on the “ultimate car wash.”

I will then tell you how the sweater was hanging on the wrong rack among a bunch of jeans, and it…

The delicate balance between writing and the rest of my life.

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I just completed my fourth-month writing on Medium. My biggest challenge during the last four months has been balancing Medium and the rest of my life so that the two can co-exist in a happy little world filled with rainbows, designer purses, and unicorns. It’s not happening.

I’ve run into a few challenges. First, I was sick for more than the first half of the month. That was unfortunate. When I finally recovered from feeling like a pile of garbage, I was faced with a filthy house, no clean clothes to wear, and four rescue cats giving me the stink…

But only some of them.

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Have you completed the survey? Do you know what I’m talking about?
Well, everyone is talking about “the survey.” It’s the latest buzz on Medium. Allow me to bring you up to speed.

Recently, Medium sent out an email. I got the email. It was addressed specifically to me, and it said the following:

“Thinking about our goals for the year ahead, a big one for us is continuing to make Medium a better place for writers like you. And that starts with listening to your story and understanding your needs.”

I was ecstatic. Medium cares about me. They are…

I won’t use words to advance what I don’t believe in.

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I was a lawyer for more than 20 years. The first five years were sort of fun. I worked as a public defender in a large city. A public defender is a lawyer that the cops tell you about when they read you your rights. It’s the lawyer that represents you when you are charged with a crime, and you can’t afford to hire a lawyer.

A lot of people think that public defenders are crappy lawyers who can’t get a better job. This isn’t true. In my experience, many public defenders tend to know the system and everyone in…

I was thrown off track like a derailed train.

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A few weeks ago, I completed my third-month writing on Medium. I’ve been a tad under the weather lately, so I’m just now getting around to posting my update on how that month went. Like they say, better late than never.

For my third month, I started strong. I had a great attitude. In the first seven days of the month, I posted five full-length stories and eight shorter stories that contained links to full-length stories at the end. I was on a roll. I was certain that I had gotten the hang of this whole Medium thing. It was…

Let me tell you how to make the big bucks.

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A few weeks, ago I published a story called “Could You Make a Career Out of Medium?” where I planned to do my best to turn the “more relational” Medium into a career.

I figured I am a regular person, and if I could turn Medium into a career, any ordinary person could do it. I would be the guinea pig in the experiment and regularly report about my progress and challenges.

Before starting my project, I got sick from the second shot of the Covid vaccine and decided to take a couple of weeks off. No, problem, I will…

What I learned and how much I earned.

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Taking time off from writing on Medium isn’t the end of the world. At least it isn’t for me. That’s the beauty of being unsuccessful on this platform. I can walk away from Medium with little to no financial consequences whenever I want. So, I took two weeks off.

The last article I wrote on Medium before taking time off was about whether I can make a career out of Medium. I decided to put that question to the test and write about my progress. My “experiment” was to start in less than a week after I published the article.

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Others have done it, but is it still possible?

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Medium has many writers who use Medium to earn an income that is sufficient to support themselves. That is what I call making Medium your career. If you can support yourself with what you make from Medium, that is a pretty good gig.

Some of these Medium writers earn as much as six figures a year. It took some of them years to become that successful on Medium, while others unexpectedly experienced success rapidly.

They share that experiences in their stories. Some even offer courses, books, and newsletters, among other items filled with their formula for success.

I have read…

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