Hello fellow writers and readers, on this sunny yet overcast day in Aotearoa (this is the recognised name for New Zealand by its native people called “Tangata Whenua” in Māori, which means “People of the Land”). For anyone that is wondering, I am part Māori on my father’s side.
Now onto my update. As my post suggests, I have some news. I look upon all news as good news even when it might be “bad” because if it’s bad news, that just means you haven’t had a chance to change it into “good” news. So all news is good news on this blog.
The news relates directly to my goals and to writing in general. As some of you will know, I have been quite focused on reaching the goals I set myself at the beginning of the year. One of those goals was to try and give my writing more exposure. I started writing on Vocal recently, and part of my news is that I’ve also decided to go back to writing on Medium again. I know, shocking, right?
In all honesty, I didn’t think I’d ever return to Medium. And in that mindset, I did something which I think was a little premature and removed myself as a writer and editor from all the publications I was connected to. This was not my best moment. Especially since I have now returned to Medium.
I have decided to give my writing another go on Medium’s platform. I want to be serious about it this time because I know I can grow as a writer if I stick to my guns and write. So now I have to find a way back to those publications or connect with new ones. I also wanted to return to see whether or not Medium had changed in the six months I’ve been away from it. Huge changes have happened, and I’m still not 100 per cent sure the changes are good for the writers.
I was surprised to find that none of my followers had left me. This really shocked me because it’s normal to expect people will stop following you if you’re no longer active on the platform. Makes perfect sense. But nobody unfollowed me. This, in itself, is a positive sign. So I spent a bit of time going through all the new followers I had acquired in six months and followed the ones that seemed interesting to me. I don’t believe in the whole “follow for follow” nonsense. I believe you should earn your followers, whether through your talent as a writer or through connections in the community.
I also had a discussion with the editor for one of the websites I wrote for and advised him that I will start republishing my articles on other platforms. I told him that I would give each article a week on his website and start republishing after that. He was totally supportive, and I was relieved. I didn’t want to have to go down the whole, “but I still own the copyright to every word I write” path. He was very understanding. I also told him I’d continue to link back to his website for anything I published on his site first. That way, he can continue to get whatever traffic my posts generate. Win-win for both of us.
This has also given me a good amount of content to blog about on my movie blog, Medium and Vocal. So that’s what I’ve been busy doing recently. I have written pieces in-between, and I’ve managed to keep my other blogs updated, but I don’t know how long I will sustain all of this content writing. I guess we’ll see, but I am very optimistic about it. Things look good, and I feel confident in myself once more.
I do have one more bit of news, but I will wait until next week before I announce it (if things go well, that is). So I have things in the pipelines, friends, and I’m finally doing something positive with my writing.
Do let me know how things are going in your neck of the writing world! I would love to hear your stories about how you write and what you do to support your writing.
Until next time, stay safe out there, and I’ll catch you in the next post or in the comments!