Do you ever go on Medium?
It’s a social media site designed for writers. You set up a profile and then you start writing. Simple as that.
You can also follow your favorite writers and submit your work to publications and get a lot of eyeballs on your writing. It’s a cool product. I love it… sort of.
Here’s what I hate about Medium.
Everyone on there writes as though they have everything figured out.
It annoys me. Writing is about the journey, it’s about thinking and making arguments and telling a story. When I go on Medium, it feels like the craft of writing has been replaced by insecure 23 year olds who are trying to build their life coaching business by getting followers on social media.
People watch too many Gary Vaynerchuk videos.
It’s like… how much could you possibly know about life when you’re 23 years old? What could you possibly know about confidence? Or relationships? Or death? Or shame? Or crash and burn failure? Or anything at all?
23 year olds are the stupidest people on the planet. When I was 23, I was so stupid I got literally kicked out of Philadelphia and slept on my cousins couch in south Florida for 3 weeks before he dumped my ass into a halfway house. I certainly wasn’t writing blog posts called “These 7 tricks will help you stop doubting yourself and help you become your own biggest fan.” (Actual article I just found btw)
Look, I’m not trying to diss anyone. If you want to be a motivational speaker or writer, then don’t let me stop you. My opinion doesn’t mean anything so do what makes you happy. I’m simply making a suggestion.
If you want to be a writer and if you plan to build your writing career through the internet, my suggestion is to write about your journey.
Write about your fears. Write about what you learned, as you are learning it. Write about questions that you have and mistakes you made.
Do research. Solve problems. Read about other people’s lives and write about how you relate to it.
It’s far more interesting to read about the questions you have than the answers you claim to know.
I think about this a lot when I am on the internet. I can accept the fakeness behind social media, but it stings a little bit more when I see it in a long form writing platform. It’s not good and it’s not even the best way to build a personal brand.
We should be more honest. We should be honest with ourselves.
So we should appreciate vulnerability. We shouldn’t feel like when we write, we need to be somebody or claim a certain identity. We should be who we are.
That’s the whole point of writing in the first place. It helps us figure out who we are.