How I’ve (Slowly) Grown My View Count on Medium

My thoughts on hitting a new milestone on Medium.

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A New Milestone

Yesterday, I hit a new personal milestone on Medium — my first time ever having over 2,000 views in a day.

I suspect that to some people reading this, that number might sound quaint, while to others it may sound impossibly large. All I know for sure is that to me, it’s massive and exciting. Thank you to everyone who has read my posts!

Treasuring Every View

When I made my first post ever on Medium, it only got a handful of readers. The very first day, it literally only got one view. (And it was from myself!)

My second post did better, reaching 42 readers. I was absolutely amazed. I recently found a text to my brother from back then, in which I excitedly told him how my post had blown up. That was the point that I knew I was going to stick with Medium.

To me, 42 readers still sounds like a lot. In the age of the internet, it’s so easy to lose perspective. We see famous YouTube personalities with millions of subscribers, and having a few dozen views feels paltry in comparison.

But it’s important to remember that every single one of those views is a real person who values your content enough to devote a small part of their day to it. My second post had 42 real people, who despite being total strangers, were interested in what I had to say. That means the world to me.

I still sometimes have posts that only get a couple of dozen views, but they don’t feel like flops to me. If even one reader gets something out of my post, then I consider it to have been worth my time.

The Slow Path to Growth

These days, I have a lot of followers on Medium and fairly consistent views, but I’m certainly still no guru. I see new writers start here and rocket past me in popularity all the time.

I’ve never had a story go viral, which makes sense since about half of my posts are about sobriety. It’s not exactly a mainstream subject.

Instead, my growth on the platform has been slow and steady. I’ve published at least a few times a month for about two years, and gradually my follower count and views have gone up.

On months when I write less, my views dip. On months like this one, when I write a ton, my views go up. It’s not rocket science.

I try my best to write well, and I always focus on topics that I’m actually interested in, rather than trying to follow the popular trends.

Advice For New Writers

If you want to do well on Medium, I think the most important thing is to make sure you’re actually enjoying writing here.

It seems like too many new writers focus on growth hacks first, and content second. That might be a good way to get a lot of views fast, but it isn’t really sustainable.

As I mentioned before, I’ve seen plenty of new writers shoot past me in popularity. The other side of this though, is that most of them only last on Medium for a couple of months.

I’ve never had a viral hit, but after two years, I’m still writing away and doing fairly well on the platform.

If you want to do well on Medium over the long haul, write about topics that are important to you and your readers. Don’t try to use tricks to get followers, instead try to gain followers who are actually interested in what you have to say.

I can’t promise overnight Medium success, but what I can promise is this: If you write from the heart about topics that are truly important to you, you can make a difference in at least a few readers lives.

I’m a lawyer and teacher from North Carolina. I write about sobriety, mental health, running, and more. Buy me a “coffee” at ko-fi.com/benyaclark.

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