I’m sorry. I don’t like being a dick, but I’m upset. There are certain writers on Medium who need to stop taking themselves so seriously. It’s usually the snobs who think everything they do is awesome. They can’t grasp the reasons nobody is reading their work.
I’m only going to talk about this once, then drop it.
Most of us here on Medium aren’t professional journalists or MFA’s. Maybe we don’t follow a style manual like a bible. That doesn’t make the writing we do any less valuable.
There are people at all different levels, and that is the beauty of Medium. Yes, many of us (like me), are here to make money from our writing. There is nothing wrong with wanting to make a few bucks from our craft. Yes, sometimes we grasp the low-hanging fruit because that is what our audience reads and claps for most often.
We are entertaining. We are fascinating. We are giving people the information they want without following the old rules of the game. We have lost our ego and the entitled attitude that causes us to think we are better because we have these grand ideas about what a writer should be.
Get over yourself!
I hate when writers get all high and mighty and start deciding who is a real writer and who isn’t.
It so sad, because when I read what they had to say about us, I could hear the disdain in their writing voice. Is that a class they teach in college because, oh, I never finished my Bachelors?
Does it irk you that the awesome and relatable writers (I won’t name names...but, cough…Shannon Ashley ) are making more than you will ever make at your dead-end newspaper job, and you can’t seem to get anywhere on Medium?
How can the amateurs do it when you, a professional, can’t?
(If you are reading this, and it sounds a lot like you — shame, shame, shame. Don’t kill the messenger. I’m just saying what everyone is thinking.)
The truth is I am not a negative person and keeping up the butthurt is taxing. I don’t want to deal with it. I’ve said enough, and I’ll leave it at that.
Be proud of what you do on Medium
If you are anything like me, then you have a lot of confidence and love the work you do on Medium. I am my own biggest fan. I am having way more fun than I legally should be allowed to have.
How about you?
I’ve written more in the past few months on Medium than I have my entire life. I can see that the stories I publish now are ten times better than the ones I posted when I started. I know I’ve improved.
Maybe I’ll never be a Stephen King or a Neil Gaiman, but I will be a Jason Weiland, and that is plenty for me. Maybe I never will be an MFA or a “professional” journalist, but I can call myself a writer with pride in my voice.
Maybe I will never write the great American novel, but I am published on Medium and damn proud of it.
I am also proud of all my other writer friends on Medium who swallow their fear every day and publish the best work they can. I am proud to sit alongside these writers and say that the work we are doing is worthwhile, even if they are listicles and memes sometimes.
I will never be ashamed for trying to make a living from the thing that I love so much, even if there are those writers that will look at me with disgust.
I am proud of what I do and what I have accomplished. I will always be motivated to do better, and one day, people with look back and say “…that is where Jason Weiland cut his writing teeth. Maybe I can do it too!”
In closing (because I am tired of being negative), let’s all thank Medium for giving all of us a place where, regardless of our skill level, we can display our work and be proud.
Thanks, Ev Williams, for giving us the chance to be writers and make money doing what we love.
Good luck writers!
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Jason Weiland is a writer, blogger, vlogger, and mental health advocate living a dream life in far-away destinations he only dreamed of as a kid. He talks about difficult issues but has never lost his sense of humor or willingness to understand others and help when he can.
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