How I Reached 5,000 Followers

Tips to grow your readership.

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Write for Readers

A blog post should always been written with the readers in mind. This might sound obvious, but I’ve found it to be harder than you might expect. It’s especially tricky for someone like me who writes a lot of personal essays. It can be easy to cross the line into self-indulgent rambling.

Write for New Readers

An extension of the previous tip is that your posts should be written so that they are accessible to new readers. You should never assume that readers have seen anything else you’ve written.

Use Publications

A more platform-specific tip is to use publications, especially when just starting out. I don’t think literally everything has to be in a publication, but if you see one which would be a good fit, you should definitely try submitting a post to it.

Be Persistent

Above all else, the way that I reached 5,000 followers was by posting often and sticking with it. I’ve been writing on Medium for about two-and-a-half years, and I’ve rarely gone more than a week without posting something.

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