My words feel at home!
I’m sitting at my laptop reading, wondering and worrying, as I peruse the new website I had discovered a couple of days ago. “Should I take a chance and join?” “Could I really submit articles I wrote and have people actually read them?” “Would writing for this site be better than writing posts for my blog?” Okay I decided to join. That was 6 months ago and the site was Medium! It seems like it was only yesterday.
I kept checking my stats and still nothing happened.
I took a few days and read what few stories I could on Medium before I garnered enough nerve to submit my own story. I took one of the articles I had written as a post on my blog, cleaned it up and basically rewrote it. I took a deep breath and hit the “Publish” button and then waited. Not much happened at first, just like when I published a post on my blog. I kept checking my stats and still nothing happened. The next morning when I woke I anxiously went to my laptop and checked my stats. I had 25 views! More than what I got on my blog in a day. No claps and no followers though. But I was happy.
How could I go wrong?
As I was learning the ropes on Medium I discovered the Medium Partner Program and immediately became intrigued. For only $5 I could read as many articles as I wanted and the best part, I could get paid for writing! How could I go wrong? I had never made over $20 with my blogs and I put a great deal of time and effort into them. After a couple of days of pondering the value of spending $5 a month on something I did not completely understand, I dove in head first. I decided to try the program for a few months to see if I at least could make enough money to pay the membership cost.
Oh my God, more to think about and more decisions.
After agonizing over whether of not I should publish a few stories and reading articles on how to be a success on Medium I learned about the advantages of submitting stories to Publications. Oh my God, more to think about and more decisions. I went on Smedian and began to study all of the many publications that were listed. I had a problem! I didn’t have a particular niche and I preferred to have the freedom to write what I wanted to write, and that encompasses many topics, depending upon how I feel at any given moment. I couldn’t find that perfect fit. Then I found Publishous.
I was a bit worried about the “Christianity thing”
I looked at the topics on the main page and thought maybe I would be a fit. To be perfectly honest I was a bit worried about the “Christianity thing”. I may be a bit of a spiritual person, but I’m not a religious person and I wasn’t sure if my writings would be welcome. I didn’t want to be chastised or criticized for my beliefs or lack of beliefs. I also didn’t want to be preached to. Nevertheless I was interested enough to read quite a few articles on a variety of subjects, including the “Christian” ones. Surprisingly they weren’t preachy or judgemental. There were even articles criticizing Christianity and religion and the authors were not viciously attacked! Differing opinions were not only tolerated, but encouraged. How refreshing!
Stories of everyday people dealing with life,…
Aside from stories centering around religion and spirituality I found many articles written about the human spirit and about humanity in general. In other words there were articles on subjects that were close to my heart, human suffering, failures and triumphs. Stories of everyday people dealing with life, just like I’m doing. I decided to submit my draft to my first publication in August and it was accepted and published in Publishous! Since then I have been accepted as a writer in others, but Publishous feels like my hometown.
…I feel my words resonate there.
Whenever I write an article where I feel as though I am writing from my heart or wearing it on my sleeve I submit it to Publishous. I don’t feel comfortable submitting it elsewhere, because I feel my words resonate there. I don’t feel afraid that what I have to say will be misunderstood, fall on deaf ears or will be attacked in any way. I owe a lot to Nicole Akers and the editors of this publication for giving this inexperienced newbie a chance, and for helping me feel at home, allowing me the chance to express my thoughts and feelings so openly. And by the way I am earning enough money to pay for my monthly membership! I really do feel at home!