Today’s question hits hard. It’s the crux of my Medium experience and likely, yours too: Can we even “make it” here on Medium? The poets, I mean.
If you’re hitting Medium hard with your poetry, but also trying to establish income…is it even possible here?
I knew it was coming…and I am not sure you, dear reader, really want to hear what I have to say on this. But my friend Wry wants to know and here is his question:
I have read with interest your various articles on how to succeed on Medium. I don’t know…
In response to my short-form rant about artwork for my book…here’s an update.
I found a Tik Tok artist and purchased a lovely painting that fits my book perfectly. Super stoked about this.
That gives me one picture per section in my book. I’ve had lots of offers for photographs for the book, and while I am appreciative, I need a link to a body of work for me to look through. This way if something grabs me…I can pursue it with you.
Now — a decision to make:
Hello poets and readers of The POM.
This month we are doing something big. It may be a very personal journey for you, or you may get in on a larger conversation. Read all about it here:
For the month of August, The POM is kicking off a theme: Mental Health & Poetry. Throughout the month, we’ll explore this topic through our work as we move toward openness, acceptance, authenticity, and connectedness through our poetry. We’ll show each other empathy. We’ll analyze our own connections between our need to poet and our own mental health. We’ll confess our struggles. We’ll make peace with how our minds work.
And through it all — we will grow.
Today’s email from Medium Support is making me feel a whole lot less supported.
Thank you for applying for the Medium Creator Fellowship, and for all your writing on Medium. We were only able to accept a limited number of Fellows for this first group, and unfortunately we aren’t offering you a Fellowship at this time. Admission was based on both the stated eligibility requirements as well as subjective criteria, including quality and focus of writing and diversity of writers. …
Life as a freelancer. Ups & Downs ahead…
On today’s episode of “Life as a Freelancer”…you guessed it — ups & downs. UP: I picked up a new high-dollar client this week. I’m super-stoked to be a part of a company that is on a spiritual health and wellness path. (I am so down for that.)
But then came news…Newsbreak is stopping the base pay for most of their content creators and that includes me — a potential loss of over 1K per month. I have decided to contribute a piece a week just to see what I earn there…
Collecting Artwork for My Book Has Proven Difficult. I am still not even sure if I am doing it all correctly but I’ve been asking for 300 DPI digital copies of the pieces. It feels good to pay these artists for their work and then feature it in my second poetry collection, entitled Fireflies.
It’s been hard to get enough interest — I think because artists want to paint or develop something FOR the book. …
If you’ve been following my work for some time, you may know that I am a college-degreed environmental scientist. Though my minor degree in writing is what earns my living, my work is strongly infused with all kinds of nature influence. You can certainly tell this by looking at the hybrid car I drive and by the apps on my phone. Nature nerds unite, am-I-right?
If you are also a nature nerd like me, then you are going to love these apps. Some are not as well known, but I assure you, they are worth their geek-weight in gold.
Just a quick note for all you wonderful lovers of poetry out there — I have started a new feature on The POM’s homepage.
Did you see it?
I started it about a month ago and I want to share with you what it’s all about. As our hard-working editors comb through your submissions, occasionally one will really resonate with us. I have the editors make recommendations of their picks for me to feature on the homepage.
Take a look and see what’s featured! Here’s a look at the ones we’ve featured so far:
So, keep those lovely poems coming…
𝘐 𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘺 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭-𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘳. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘰𝘢𝘥 𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘺 𝘫𝘢𝘮.