3 Ways It’s Better Than Your Blog

The experts say if you want to make it as a writer, you’ve got to have a self-hosted blog.

I’m not going to say you shouldn’t.

But what if you have a budget of absolute zero to work with? Self-hosted blogs aren’t free, after all.

Enter Medium.

Medium is the ultimate realization that we live in an age where anyone with access to a computer can get their message out and spread it to the world.

In America, all you need is a library card to go online. And at my library, you don’t even need that. The last time I used my library, I just had to sign into an available computer and I had two hours to do my work.

If you don’t have a car, public transit will take you to the library.

Now here are 3 fantastic reasons every writer should use Medium to get noticed and build a following.

The first reason is Medium is incredibly easy to use.

You don’t have to work too hard to figure out how to highlight your text, format your quotes, and create subheads.

It’s not rocket science to add a picture, give it a caption, and use it to dress up your post.

All you need is a good idea and the desire to write.

And you can start without spending a cent.

So go ahead and get your words out there.

The second best reason rising writers should use Medium is that it’s easy to expand your reach.

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Medium is filled with publications on every conceivable niche.

Some of these have a large following.

How do you find one that fits what you want to write about?

Start following other writers.

Eventually, you’ll find more and more writing that fits what you do shows up in your daily feed.

Are you a member of a writers group on Facebook? Chances are some, if not most, of them are already writing on Medium.

I can tell you countless stories of people just like you who started writing on Medium last year and now have tens of thousands of followers.

Kris Gage started writing for Medium last year and as of this writing has over 27k followers here. She’s doing some amazing work. She’s also a top writer in 5 different categories. What’s her topic? How to navigate your messy relationships.

Tom Kuegler is a young guy out of college for less than 3 years. He’s been a freelance writer for a couple years now. But it wasn’t until he started using Medium that he was able to go full-time doing what he loves.

Here’s my conversation with Tom:


Will you be the next success story?

The third reason you should be using Medium is it will open doors of opportunity for you.

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I’ve met some great writers just by networking here.

I met Tom when he read my work and asked me to speak on the Grow Your Blog Summit.

I’ve met several writers who have become part of my Facebook group.

I found out about Kris from another writer and have interviewed her for The Thriving Writers Show.

And I’m only just getting started.

Medium is not only a blogging platform, it is a community within itself.

You’ve got the chance to interact in lots of ways that you might not on a blog (but should).

You can like a post in degrees here. You can clap once or up to 50 times. You can highlight the phrases that mean the most to you — and others can see them. And you can even treat your responses to comments as published posts by adding tags.

Now before you throw out the idea of having a blog, I’m not saying you shouldn’t have one.

I am saying you don’t have to start with one.

And whatever you do, start building an email list. That’s easy to do, too. Just drop an Upscribe box at the end of your posts, connect it to an email service provider like MailChimp, and you can start taking names.

The key is you want to be able to communicate with your most devoted followers wherever you are. An email list is the perfect tool to do that.

That’s three solid reasons for you to share your writing here.

Now I challenge you to post something here twice a week.

Do more if you can.

Keep writing, keep connecting, and drill down into your niche.

Do that and soon I’ll see you at the top of Medium!

Visit Frank at FrankMcKinleyAuthor.com.