Hey, there is a really easy way to not get sucked into this.

Don't get sucked in.

Just keep on doing what you were doing before. Forget about earnings and prize interactions instead. I long ago figured out that I'm not going to make any real money this way because what I write just doesn't "fit the brand."

I've been on Medium for nearly 4 years and part of the Partner Program for three. The most I've ever made in a single month was less than $5,99,. Not that I don't get readers. They just don't happen to be Medium members.

Ultimately, if you follow your original impulse to simply interact with others, you may or may not build a sufficient readership among Medium members to make some money.

Chances are, however, that you won't.

Deal with it.

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Georgia NeSmith

Georgia NeSmith

Retired professor, feminist, writer, photographer, activist, grandmother of 5, overall Wise Woman. Phd UIA School of Journalism & Mass Communication, 1994.