397 Stories Have Averaged $0.14 in Earnings This Month

This is truly shocking

Photo by Amelia Spink on Unsplash

October has been another abysmal month for me on Medium. Something has seriously changed for the worst in the last few months. I know that’s not true for everyone, but it seems to be true for the majority.

So, I decided to take a deeper look at my stats for the first 29 days of October. Waiting another two days to get the stats for the whole month isn’t going to make any difference.

In fact, today is the perfect day to look into my stats, because I wrote my first story here on 30 October last year. Today is my 1st anniversary here. And probably my last. I seriously doubt I’ll be here at this time next year. Not just that, but I doubt I’ll even be here after the end of this year.

I’ve written 419 stories in a year

That’s a lot of stories. In my best month (April), I earned $1,695. Last month was my worst month, with earnings of $228.

This month, I’ve earned $221 so far, with two days to go. I’ll end up not much changed from last month.

I’ve written 22 stories this month

This month, I’ve written 22 stories. They have earned $132.82. That’s an average of $6.04 per story. That’s pretty pathetic for me, though it could be great for others. We’re all at different stages of our journey, so what’s true for one person might not be for another.

It’s very rare for my stories to earn under $1. Three of my last four stories have earned $0.28, $0.84, and $0.78. They may make it over $1 eventually. Who knows?

These are travel stories though, so maybe that’s why they’re unpopular here. I won’t be writing any more of those here. My travel blog earned me $60,000, so it’s not like travel stories aren’t popular. But they don’t seem to be popular here for me. Possibly because my followers aren’t looking for travel stories. Travel stories might work well for others though.

I wrote 397 stories up until the end of last month

As I mentioned above, my 22 stories this month have earned $132.82.

But this is what’s the most shocking to me. The 397 stories that I wrote previously have only earned $55.31 this month. That means they’ve earned an average of $0.14 each.

In the past, older stories continued to earn quite well, so I’m not sure why that’s suddenly changed.

What I see these days is stories earned a few dollars in the first few days and then disappearing into oblivion.

276 stories earned $0

276 out of those 397 stories earned $0.

That is a total waste. It’s why I’ve started transferring my stories over to my own blog.

You can see it at Side Hustle Monkey.

You can set up a site similar to this for just $33.

If this doesn’t work out, I won’t have lost much. If it does work out, I could potentially gain a lot.

Medium is a waste of time for me

At the moment, Medium is a waste of time for me. I’m barely making minimum wage.

I enjoy writing here, so I’d rather stay, but I’m getting closer and closer to leaving. The only thing that keeps me here is the social aspect and the hope that things will improve.

But how much longer can I just hope?

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