For over a year I’ve struggled to build my audience and gain traction on Medium, and it’s gotten to the point where time and time again I’ve wanted to quit.
I’ve always been active on Medium, but my posting has always been a little inconsistent, so I was looking for a little extra push to hit the next level with my writing that I wanted to.
So early in May, I joined a 30-day posting challenge on Medium hosted by Shaunta Grimes.
30 straight days of posting? No big deal, I thought. I’d done it before and was eager to test it out again with the growth I’ve had in followers since then.
Even if I didn’t reach my goal of gaining a thousand more followers, I’d still be okay. Because I know I’d have tried something that seemed to work for so many others, and really given it a shot this time.
Yet I was surprised in the end with how things would really turn out for my blogging career.
On May 7, here were my exact stats for my Medium profile. I had:
- 1.1 K followers
- 1474 views and 120 recommends
- 450 email subscribers (on my ConvertKit list)
As you can see, before May 7, I was barely hitting 100–200 views a day. My posts weren’t getting much traction then, and I seriously would debate quitting every second day.
On June 7, the last day of my 30-day posting journey, here were my exact stats for my Medium profile:
Big difference, right? So what happened?
Growth is One Thing as a Blogger. Momentum is Another.
My exact results from doing the 30-day posting journey were as follows:
- I gained a little over 1000 followers from the challenge, essentially doubling my follower growth. Additionally, my growth in followers increased from 10–20 to 30–40 every day.
- My views and recommends 10x themselves in as little as 30 days (I went from 1.4 K views to 17 K views, and 120 recommends to 1520 recommends)
- My email subscribers grew by half (450 to 663). Formerly, I’d struggled to go from 300–400 in a little less than a year’s time.
And that’s just the base metrics. Here are some other cool things that happened to me as a result of my posting journey:
- A writer approached me to publish a piece in my publication on Medium, even though it’s been completely dormant for a while and there’s no sense of any submission guidelines on it anywhere.
- I overtook The Writing Cooperative trending section, with 4 articles trending in the top 11 at one time for the publication (I also got paid for one of them!).
- I got accepted to publications like The Mission and Thrive Global. I’m now trending in The Mission as well!
- I open my Medium to at least 100 notifications a day (sometimes 300).
- I started a joint publication with some fellow writers here. Many of us are great friends now and I can see this publication becoming big in the future with all of our continued hard work.
- I have people reaching out to me on a regular basis for advice, encouragement, and feedback. I’ve been invited to speak on podcasts, write for new publications, and I’ve started to coach writers individually to reach their dreams. My readers inspire me and I love to see awesome people like you succeed in your goals and lives!
With all that being said, you must be wondering, “should I post every day as well too?”
My answer would be: well, it depends.
So… Is Daily Posting Right For You?
Honestly, I don’t know.
I’d be lying if I said I actually posted every day in those 30 days, because I didn’t. I definitely missed some days — even though on others I posted twice — so I’m not sure if posting every day really helps or not.
To me, posting every day isn’t a big deal. It’s not a necessity to grow your audience as it can easily overwhelm your readers too.What’s important is finding the consistency that works for you. And one of the ways you can do that is by posting yourself for 30 days, too.
The important part here isn’t that I posted nearly every day in May — the important part is that I developed a consistent writing habit and a consistent habit of shipping my work.
The important part is that if I know I have something to say, that I no longer keep it close to my chest if I’m afraid it won’t work. Instead of holding onto it, I release it into the world anyways.
Sometimes my articles do okay. Sometimes they do really well. Other times, not so much.
Yet on none of the times do I regret publishing a piece I know was polished enough for the rest of the world to see. It just hasn’t happened for me yet, and I doubt it ever will.
Funnily enough, the post that had the biggest impact for me was around the beginning of my journey and was one I didn’t think would take off:
You never know what will happen by making writing a consistent habit. Yet you will never know if you do not really try, either.
Are You Ready to Become the Writer You’re Capable of Becoming?
Here’s what I really have to say about posting every day: it doesn’t matter if you do it or not. What really matters is that you find a frequency that works for you by experimenting and committing to the process no matter what.
I am not the same person I was 30 days ago. Regardless of the results, to me, that’s a wonderful thing.
I know writing full-time is a plausible thing. I know I can make it into my reality now. For me, it’s no longer a question of why; now, it’s only a question of when. Because if I keep writing, keep publishing, keep creating, it’s only a matter of time before my dreams become a reality.
So why not push forward and keep the momentum going for as long as I possibly can?
Art is meant to be shared, and if you can commit to the process and then release your best work for others to see, I think you’ll be surprised at what will happen to your creative career.
You don’t have to post every day. You don’t have to do anything. But just try it for 30 days. Commit to the process and release your work for others to see.
If you can do the work necessary to grow yourself into the writer you wish to be, then you’ll truly create magic in this world. And over time, you will reach your dreams.
That, I promise you, is a guarantee.