My posting has been sporadic for some time, and I apologize for that. Part of it is the struggle to maintain balance and not burn out as the political situation globally continues to deteriorate. I’ve also not been sure what to do about all the changes to Medium. This time last year, I had only a handful of Medium followers and managed to get some placements on the front page. I think that would be impossible now. Medium has pivoted to in-house publications with editorial staffs, and the content being published there is what’s being pushed on the front page, in the newsletters, and on Medium’s social media. The preferred featured content is from established names — bona fide celebrities. In order to continue to compete and grow on the platform, I have to adjust.
I was invited to pitch ZORA, Medium’s new publication for women of color, and my piece on Flint was accepted and published. I think I’m going to do more of this going forward. Right now, I’m familiarizing myself with Medium’s slate of new publications to see if there’s anywhere else my work might fit. For the foreseeable future, I think most of what I share to Medium, I’ll probably pitch first. That means I’ll lose control of my posting schedule, so a regular schedule of posts won’t be something I can guarantee. Pitching will also hopefully give me the chance to build new relationships with people on the editorial staffs, some of whom will likely move on to other publications. It’s a networking opportunity.
Pitching before being published also means my work will be edited, maybe heavily. I’ll continue to share my unvarnished thoughts on my Patreon and in my newsletter. My lowest Patreon tier is $2 a month, and that’s where I post my essays, so hopefully some of you will consider becoming supporters. My newsletter is free, and you can sign up below.
Wishing all of you who also write here on Medium good luck adjusting to all the changes!