And what my next steps are to get to 10,000.
Okay, it’s been a little over a month since I last published an article so this is honestly a bit of a pick-me-up. However, I do think it’s valuable to reflect on the articles I’ve written — because despite my writer’s block and self-made excuses that it’s not worth expressing my ideas, my subconscious keeps reminding me that it’s worth it.
So, let’s get started!
How I Went From Cleaning Carpets to Writing Code
This story feature my transition from my possible showcase in Dirty Jobs on Discovery channel to getting my first software engineering internship. I was surprised by it quickly getting featured in The Startup as well as curated by Medium. But alas, it by no means meant I could make writing my fulltime job.
But hey, I would only need to write 37,715 more articles that do as well as this one to meet the yearly minimum wage!
A Crash Course on Object-Oriented Programming in Python
Need a refresher on coupling vs. cohesion? Well, look no further! Within a few months I had taken an Object-Oriented Programming course in college and then my following internship focused on this paradigm, so this story was asking to be written. Plus, who doesn’t like Python? I found out that Medium will actually continually curate your articles if they have reasonable user engagement, and I’m actually starting to accumulate a little pocket change!
This is one of my articles that I feel could do with some brushing up. I will be updating this article for grammatical mistakes and further content.
This New Technology Is Uniting The Blockchain Field
Oof, blockchain. I’m not even gonna dive into this one. The graphs above are analogous to the hype around blockchain. I mean, 200+ views in a day, and then nothing? So weird.
I Used a Cheap Chromebook for My Entire College Computer Science Degree
My best story yet! I was pretty proud of this one, I even took the photo myself (feel free to use). I really tried showing more of my passion for accessible technology with this one and I think it showed. The most fans, claps, that sweet-sweet pocket change and it just keeps on hangin’ in there.
Why You Should Start Writing
Last but least, this is the first article I wrote that didn’t attract any publications and didn’t get curated by Medium. What a difference it makes! I honestly thought the content in this article was great, but I do admit it was clunky and spread out across too many directions. I will most likely scrap this article and republish into 2–3 other writing pieces.
So there you have it! I’ve made $3.07, so I’m still saving for a cup of coffee. I’m close to 90 minutes of total reading time, which is pretty interesting to think about.
This has been a great exercise for myself, and I am definitely beginning to hone in on what ideas I have that people seem to enjoy reading. I think Medium has a rule where they won’t curate your story if it has links to your other stories, but this article was mainly meant to get the writing ball rolling for me again. I have plenty of new ideas, and I’m going to give the effort of writing on Medium a longer shot before I make a decision to pursue another creative outlet (anyone looking for a new podcast to listen to?).
My goal of 10,000 seems in reach if I can write quality articles every 2–3 weeks. It’s such a catchy trade-off between a good headline, original ideas and quality content that keep people engaged. I think I got that combination right with my Chromebook article, so the question is how can I get those three pieces right again for new creative ideas?
Well, consistency is creativity’s best friend — so setting aside time to write each week is already a great start.