Positive energy knows no boundaries. If everyone were to spread positive energy on the Internet, the world would be a much better place. Lu Wei
Since Medium introduced a new set of tools to their workshop there have been a lot of articles speculating about how it will help a writer, and how it will make life difficult for a writer on Medium.
I’ve been thinking deeply about the whole thing, and finally come to the conclusion that we can’t do anything but go with the flow.
Personally, I’ve seen a spike in my reads. It looks great, a big green vertical bar that rises above my previous reads. But, it is comparative to the reads I had before, which in comparison with other successful writers on Medium, is paltry.
It’s great, it’s a positive sign that I’m doing something right. Of course, a day later, I was slow to get to work and write an article. I couldn’t finish until the next morning. So two days passed before I published again.
The spike stopped dead on midnight, and a new green day had begun.
Slow gains, and for hours on end my statistical green bar looked like a crouching green toad sitting on a water Lilly. I was hoping it would leap so far upwards that I’d see some clouds forming around the top.
It reminded me that if you don’t do the work, the algorithm will know about it. A big gap in the middle of work published, is a waste of time according to the algorithms. They don’t care, it’s a computer — a very complicated machine. An algorithm is a part of a ruthless machine which helps or hinders, it just depends on your thinking.
Writers love to write, and they write well when they feel free to let words flow, organize thoughts and develop stories that engage readers. That’s what we are all here for.
Worrying about the internet is a new phenomena. People who want to earn a few dollars, or make a living on the internet, have invented a new reason to worry — change, any change seems to cause a flurry of anxiety among users.
The chatter starts, the articles that speculate and serve to cause more worry.
We forget, we can’t change what is out of reach. And algorithms are definitely out of reach for writers and marketers who work on a platform, a blog, or use the internet to market a product.
We can only try and understand them, and then do our best to work with them.
It’s important to understand that you can’t figure out what the algorithms are doing at the present moment. For that reason, you can’t write to please them today. Especially, shortly after a change has been made.
New algorithms, or a new focus of priorities for algorithms to work on will take quite some time to shuffle, hustle and finally find a rhythm and flow.
I’m no expert, I’m an observer and I inform myself through reading about the internet, watching business and what they are looking at, and I sum up my feelings regarding what I’ve seen and read by doing my best.
I always come to the conclusion that the internet is too big and complex for us to worry about, we should be more concerned with our own work as writers.
Medium management and editorial are in business. They present a platform for entertainment and information, and are doing a grand job of moving forwards in great strides.
They do indeed want to take us writers with them — not leave us behind, shouting for us to hurry up, that would be counter productive.
It’s a tough World, and in business, it’s dog-eat-dog. They must make decisions that will serve all, and not only the writers or content contributors.
I think the change is a fair upgrade on quality. Readers will be offered great reading from thoughtful writers who put their back into their work.
Writers are compensated fairly, and according to how their network of readers develops, the income that a writer makes can increase or decrease.
Google has the same attitude, ever since I started to write and blog in the early 2000s, I could see that Google’s, “Don’t be Evil”, motto, was important to them. Writers could chuck up all sorts of content, stuff it like a Thanksgiving Turkey with keywords and watch it rise up the ranks. But there was always a strong sense of Google edging its way towards one simple ideal: higher quality content.
To do this they had to be brutal at times and make big changes, crappy writers lost there power position gained through fast keyboard typing and keyword stuffing, and space was made for better content from more serious writers.
We writers should focus on creating top content and practice our writer-chops each day, this will lead to higher output and better quality, which leads to better read through rates for us, and readers who love what you write — satisfied readers always come back for more.
We are very lucky that in this snappy, fast moving world of internet and social Media ,people are still looking for a place to read a complete article that a writer has worked hard on.
Medium’s platform has proved that real readers still exist, in abundance, and are always looking for the next good read.
I think that is a good reason to keep writing, learn everything about good article writing that you and I can, and take up the challenge of working with the new tools that we will all learn and understand better as we write more great articles.