What Medium Has Done For Me
This will be my 300th story on Medium. Of course, that counts all the responses I’ve made to others’ writings. Still, I take it as a big achievement. Prior to joining Medium, I’d dabbled in blogging. Yet I lacked the discipline to launch anything big or really hone my craft.
This was partly because I‘d used all my writing capacity in my academic career, then in my day job as a copywriter for a major university. Much like with exercise, you can only go so far until you run out of strength. But also like with exercise, if you practice, if you push yourself a little further each time, you get stronger. Your writing muscles grow.
As I began to appreciate what Medium could offer — a grand platform with opportunity for growth and discovery—I became determined to improve. I started to write during my lunch break and every Sunday morning. I initially started writing about film and feminism, my two go-to topics, but the beauty of Medium is that you can write about anything. As I wrote and read more on Medium, I started to feel inspired to write about a range of topics I’d never explored. I played with style, I developed a sense of humor, and I learned to up my title game.
My top three pieces (in terms of reads, claps, and responses) are below. I definitely see a trend.
Why Positivity Culture is A Problem
Positivity culture is the set of books, sayings, bumper stickers, and bumper sticker sayings that encourage limitless…
Fierce Femmes: The Problem with Strong Female Characters
As a young film buff, I idolized Strong Female Characters in movies. From Thelma and Louise to Sarah Connor and Ellen…
The Problem with Call-out Culture
Recently, a story has been making the rounds asserting that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson complained in an interview about…
I remember when “Positivity Culture” first blew up. It was such a strange feeling, somewhat nervewracking yet empowering to see how my words resonated with people. Whereas I never got responses to all the writing I did at my day job, on Medium, I could have conversations with people. They weren’t all constructive (one commenter condescendingly pointed out a typo) or nice (I had certain male commenters leave abusive remarks on my writings about feminism), but most were simply stories from people’s own experiences. I wrote, they wrote, I wrote back. We were having a conversation through writing. Beautiful, really.
That’s the power of Medium: it’s a medium for personal growth, for connection, for inspiration. We have our critics: I recently saw a Redditor say we’re called “medium” because “it’s not well done.” I disagree. There is a lot of great writing on here, and more importantly, a lot of good writing that can become great, as long as we’re all here and can encourage each other to just. keep. writing.