My Three Month Blogging Experience — First Months Results are In
I knew, going in that this month would be the toughest of the three. But I didn’t know it would be this hard.
The first month of my three-month experience is over. And what a weird month it has been. If you don’t know what I am talking about, you should read this first:
The results are in
Before I get into the numbers, I need to talk about what not promoting did to me as a writer/blogger. I have been blogging regularly since February this year, writing blogposts since January. I have gradually learned, build my followers and friends. I have also tuned my system for writing, publishing, and promoting to a place where I felt I was progressing at a steady pace.
But in the last month, it was like I’d never been on Medium in the first place. Like I was erased from the Medium world. And It has been hard on a deeper psychological level that I could imagine going in. I have been writing and publishing as normal, but I have not promoted, at all. And the bell beside my face has been scary quiet. It’s been tough motivating myself to write each day in this cricket sounding silence.
I guess that's how Patrick Swayzee felt in the movie Ghost (Yes, I'm that old).
I have made some good friends here on Medium. And they have been there for me this past month, holding my hand when I needed it the most. Thank you all for that, and a special thanks to Matilda Fairholm and Bill Abbate that have visited my profile once in a while and sending me encouraging messages. It means more than you ever can imagine. Not the green dot on my bell but the caring thoughts. Thank you!
So, without further rambling, here are the results:
I expected my follower growth to halt. I had 447 followers going in, and at the time of writing this post, I have ….drumroll…. 497! (Imagine e a red-bearded, chubby dude dancing the jig, that’s me)
That’s exactly 50 followers gain the last month, and I am so thankful for that. I was afraid of losing followers. This is by far the best news of the month.
The next good thing is that I got one article curated:
It got curated in writing.
And The Startup, the biggest publication on Medium (I think) asked if I could put this article in their publication. They are curation-hunting, and I understand why, no criticism, but I often get contacted when I have curated articles that aren’t in a publication.
I will send the article to them when I have finished writing this, hopefully they still want it :D
The final good news is that I expected my views to be around 10 pr. day. It has been 14,4, not Included the day I promoted the experiment, and not included some weird numbers in my stats for today, that I think is wrong, but it says I have over 115 views, and it's still early in the day…
We all like to read about the bad stuff, don't we?
My earnings. I expected my earnings to be at 7–10 $ in May. In my first month I made 6 $, in March I made 18$, and in April I made 12$.
The earnings for May is 5,78$ minus the 0,68$ that I earned on the experiment post, keeps me just even for the submission cost with a total of 5,06$
Well, yes. There is some ugliness as well. And most of them are not based on numbers and statistics. But the feeling of being alone in the blogging world.
But I hit the bullseye on one of my predictions for this month, and that's:
My.New.Articles.Tanked. I expected them to, and they didn’t let me down.
Here is the breakdown.
May 1: 3 views, 2 reads, and 2 fans — Earnings: 0.09$
IIt Annoys Me — People at The Movies
One time I had a wonderful experience. I was alone in the theater
May 3: (Only promoted): 33views, 21 reads, and 13 fans — Earnings: 0,68$
May 3: 2 Views, 2 reads, and 2 fans — Earnings: 0,21$
May 7: 9 Views, 6 reads, and 5 fans — Earnings: 0,12$
May 10: (Curated) 30 Views, 13 reads, and 4 fans — Earnings: 0,19$
May 15: 7 Views, 4 reads, and 3 fans — Earnings: 0,24$
May 17: 1 View, 1 read, and 1 fan — Earnings: 0,00$
Stuck Writing? — Step Back or Ramp It Up.
We all get stuck sometimes. This is my go-to strategy for getting unstuck
May 21: 23 Views, 18 reads, and 10 fans — Earnings: 0,41$
It Annoys Me — Pushing Articles
Stop asking me to read your article. The only thing you accomplish is getting me annoyed
May 24: 24 Views, 4 reads, and 2 fans — Earnings: 0,15$ *
(*) Something strange is happening. It says that 20 of those views are from today (the 31.05) And I don’t trust those numbers.
May 28: 88 Views, 45 reads, and 1 fan — Earnings: 0,01$ *
(*) Something strange is happening. It says that 81 of those views are from today (the 31.05) And I don’t trust those numbers.
- I know this isn’t a big oh boy Tommy, you just shook my world result, but promoting is king. Medium is a big place, and nobody will hear you if you don’t scream. If you don’t promote your work, nobody will read it. Unless you get lucky.
- Curations is important, but not the be-all and end-all. I earned 5,06 $ in may. Most of that, 3,64$ is from old articles, most of them curated. But when I promoted normally in march I made 18$ and then I had fewer curated articles.
- Followers continued to grow, but I expect that if I would stop promoting all together it would flatten out. And It will be interesting seeing how many followers I get in June.
- Not promoting sucks. It’s nice to see that green dot at the bell beside your face. I like the attention, I admit.
Tune in tomorrow for my promotion plan for June.
Now, It’s time to have some fun. I am so looking forward to the second month of my experiment, and tomorrow I will post an article on my promotion plan for June. I am going to promote myself embarrassed :)