I’ve recently fallen back in love with writing. It used to be a staple of my mornings that slowly started to dwindle, but I’m back. Since August I’ve been trying to write every day and I’ve published a fair amount of content.
All of this while maintaining a full time 9–5 job.
How to Write Daily When You Have a Full-Time Job
Building a Writing Habit and Making it Stick
So what have the last 3o days achieved?
I’ll be digging through my mind and medium stats to share the impact of writing and publishing frequently here on Medium. I’ll also share some tips that keep me motivated.
Why You Should Write Every Day
Writing is a fantastic way to clear your mind. You can write about literally anything and the process is therapeutic. I have a busy mind that only gets busier the longer the day progresses, writing encourages clarity.
By writing early in the day you’ll not only wake your brain up but also clear it out. I’ve only found meditation to be as good as writing at sharpening my focus and preparing me for the day ahead.
Writing not only helps you be a better you. Writing is also a skill and like any skill can be improved through training. I make a habit out of not only writing but reading every day to enhance my ability. But why go to all of this effort to enhance your writing?
Because content is king.
Not only is writing therapeutic but it’s a way to learn, build an online presence and inspire others. Human beings are content consumption machines. We gobble content up as if it was our last meal, all day, every day. On average we spend over 2 hours a day on social media alone. You’re a chef who’s feeding the people.
Think of all the things you’ve discovered and learned on the internet. We’re all living life from a different perspective, no other person understands life the way you do so share your experience.
You never know who’s out there searching for answers only you can provide.
Stats, Stats, Stats
If you aren’t here for my philosophical rambling about the joy of writing and just care about the stats you’re in luck, this section is just for you. But be warned, it might not yield the result you’re expecting.
If you’re a new writer that's made a little money from Medium and think scaling that up is going to immediately transform your life, I have some bad news for you.
Since the middle of August, I’ve published an article every 3 days or so (FYI: I don’t tend to write on the weekends and I had a weeks vacation in the middle). This has led me to write 13 articles. Before this point, I had only written 5 articles all year in 2020.
So what did it boil down to in stats?
Well for just these new stories alone here are the key numbers:
- ~800 views
- ~400 reads
- Average of 50% read ratio
- 2.3% Curation Success (3 out of 13 stories distributed in topics)
- 61.5% Publication Success (8 out of 13 stories accepted into publications)
- $7 in earnings
As you can see, I’m not going to be retiring any time soon with those earnings but that isn't the point. As I stated earlier in the post, the routine’s primary goal is to help me focus, the earnings are just a bonus.
If you’re a new writer don’t let this get you down. Good things come to those that wait and you’ll find an instant mental reward from creating a writing habit and making it stick.
How Much You’ll Actually Earn as a New Writer
Here’s how much I’ve earned plus other income streams Medium has unlocked
There are some important things to take away from these stats though. First of all the amount of people seeing your stories is higher than what you’d get starting your own blog. Medium is a great way to get your voice out there and see what does and doesn’t work.
You get immediate feedback on whether a story is worth peoples time, helping you focus your efforts in the right places. With a brand new blog, getting people to your site is often a chore in the beginning so the feedback loop is a lot longer.
The second key point to look at is the publication success. Getting your story published helps not only more people see it but also helps build your reputation. Past stories have gone on to earn me much more than what I earned on Medium alone. This is because other content platforms use Medium to find content and writers for their platform.
I’ve written a number of paid-for stories for other platforms off the back of Medium articles. All of which netted me a higher return on my investment than the Medium story alone.
Again, if you’re looking to turn writing into your full-time job then remember that Medium is a tool in your toolbelt. Its earnings are a bonus and don’t have to be the only way your writing makes you money.
Now I continue writing. To be brutally honest, the stats haven’t phased me much. I’m on a journey to improve my mental wellbeing, boost my productivity and hopefully help some of you along the way.
Medium is my training ground and I thank all of you for the feedback, indirect or not. I’ll continue writing daily for the foreseeable future and I’ll be back in a couple of months time to update on my progress.
For now, I’m going to continue doing what I enjoy, starting my day with a writing session. I urge you to do the same. Ignore the hype and dreams of being a millionaire writer and learn to love the craft. It has improved my daily life in more ways than one.