I Have to Admit, I Came to Medium for the Money

(Okay you can stop laughing now.) I got more and less than I bargained for.

Yes, you read that correctly. I came to meet him for the money. I’ll be brave. I’ll say it out loud. I wanted a way to bring some money into my household with the talents that I have.

Jenny Justice — I can literally hear your eyes rolling right now — hang in there girl. We got this. And I have a point.

As I was saying — before Jenny’s eye rolling distracted me —

My WHY is changing

I, like you (dear reader) and many others, am buried in stifling debt. Not from overspending. But from life circumstances that happened when I could not afford them. And from going to college. It seems every effort I’ve made to push myself forward in life has pushed my debt further into my face.

I, like many others have multiple health issues that make working difficult. So here I am. Doing the thing. Seeking Financial relief. (Sounds like a really bad singles ad) And working my tail off for that dream.

I am grateful to be among the top 8% of Medium earners, making more than $100 a month. But I had hoped the income wouldn’t stop there and would continue to increase. So far it has not increased, much to my dismay.

But do not think that I am here to complain. Some of that information is important to know do you understand why I am so grateful for Medium.

I didn’t get the monetary freedom that I somehow thought would just fall into my lap by now, I mean I’m working really hard right?

I got way more than I bargained for.

No one told me that I would be gaining a huge community of some of the most amazing people that I’ve had the pleasure of working with and getting to know. This is the best kept secret of Medium.

No one told me how much this community would inspire me.

When I first joined Medium, with all of my pipe dreams of this beautiful flow of financial bliss, I recommended Medium to people all over the place as an excellent income source.

I now have changed that conversation altogether. I tell people that Medium is a secondary income stream with a possibility of making good money, but that if you are writing for money this may not be the place to be. (Sorry Medium folks, but the MPP is flawed — or something — because — dang.)

I tell them to prepare themselves for a wonderful experience of community, of inspiration, of mutual support, and for loads of fantastic material to read.

I am still committed to the long game here on Medium, and have not given up completely on this becoming a good income stream for me, but I am here now for the people…and for building a beautiful audience for my poetry. I am here for sharing with others and nerding-out over words. I am here for self-expression and honing my craft. I am here to support others going through difficult times. To empathize, to teach, and yes, to love.

I am here.

I am here.

I am here.

Some lessons are far more valuable than MPP.

(But if I ever make a fantastic week — y’all will hear my primal whoopin’ and hollarin’ — for real.)

Do what you love and your life is poetry.

‘Till next Wednesday —

Christina Ward is a poet and nature writer — and grateful for anyone to pay her for her work. She is aware that writers have mad-value regardless of what they earn for it! 🌾🌻🌍🌸🍄

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