I’ve always considered myself more of a blogger than a writer.
I do believe, though, bloggers are absolutely writers.
I will admit, of course, there are differences.
Blogging is definitely one type of writing, but to find success as a writer, on platforms other than blogs, you do have to switch your focus and technique a bit.
I’ve been blogging for about a decade, and have had my blogs monetized for about eight years. Monetization comes in the form of two major categories: ads and sponsored posts.
Very recently, I joined Medium and decided to see how and if those blogging skills would translate to success on this platform. I had no expectations, but was willing to give it a shot.
The Blogging Benefit
Turns out, the very skills you utilize as a blogger are the building blocks for success here on Medium.
There are some small adjustments I’ve found to be necessary, though. Here are some easy ways to take your blogging experience and use it to become an exceptional writer, both on this platform, and beyond.
Publish over perfect
As a blogger, you need to know how to create quality pieces, in not a lot of time. I do this all the time as a blogger, and it’s definitely helping me achieve success here on Medium.
Obviously, an edit is necessary for all your stories, but spending days editing a four-minute-read just isn’t going to get you very far on here. For comparison, I can complete a 1000-word story in about an hour and a half or so.
Some pieces, of course, necessitate longer. There’s research to undertake and you want to make sure everything is perfect before you hit publish.
For me, that’s the exception rather than the rule.
Currently here on Medium, I post between 1–2 stories per day, in a variety of publications. They range in reading time from 3–5 minutes. So far, this is a…