Medium

I’ve been publishing articles since January 2017

I’ve wanted to write for years. I started writing and publishing when I realized I couldn’t buy being better at what I was doing. No new computer, tablet, or software will make me a better designer. Writing, however, can help me become a better designer.

There was nothing left for me but to write. And publish.

I decided to publish on Medium, because I’d heard that articles on this platform have a greater organic outreach than in any similar place (which is true).

Challenges

  • Finally beginning to write after many years of thinking about it and several unsuccessful attempts
  • Writing in English
  • Publishing at least once every month for a year

Results

After 12 months:

  • 2 distinctions
  • Author’s status in 8 publications on Medium
  • 29,358 views
  • 11,394 estimated reads
  • 583 “fans” (this is a construct on Medium)
  • 525 followers

Distinctions

    • “Top writer in Design on Medium” status
    • Interview on the Balsamiq blog

Constraints and process

With the experiences of my unsuccessful approaches to writing fresh in my mind, I decided to impose a few restrictions on myself:

  • The articles must be in English
  • They shouldn’t exceed 2 A4 pages (3,600 characters, 3 minutes of reading)
  • I should publish at least one article a month

To learn more while writing, I worked with an editor on each of the articles.

Never write more than two pages on any subject

David Ogilvy

Results

I quickly learned that on Medium, it’s best to publish articles in the so‑called “publications,” not on medium.com itself.

After a year and a half of writing, I have author’s status in several Medium publications you may know: UX Collective, UX Planet, freeCodeCamp, Hacker Noon, Prototypr, and Design + Sketch. Author status means that I can submit my articles for publication using a shortcut, inside Medium, with some dose of additional trust.

As of this writing, after 18 months, 569 people are following me on Medium.

Balsamiq asked me for an interview a few months ago. I didn’t refuse.

My writing continues.

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© Gregory Wolanski