But the summer slump continues
I earned $384.47 In August, which is a slight improvement on July’s earnings of $364.94. It means that my summer slump has continued.
Many other writers have mentioned that their views and earnings have been down over the last couple of months, but I’ve also seen quite a few writers report higher views and earnings. Is it a summer slump or something else? We’ll find out in the next month or so.
So, let’s get into the figures.
The number of views for August was 30,069. That’s a massive 11,255 higher than July, giving a rise of 60%.
The increase was made up almost entirely of the 9,520 views for the following story.
92% of the views were external, but the story still earned $19.30.
My overall read ratio has dropped to 42.64%, which is still very respectable.
I gained 283 new followers this month, giving me a total of 4,253.
This is very similar to the increase for July.
I assume that at least 50% of those followers are no longer active on Medium. I’m basing that assumption on the fact that 40% of writers in my publication have left this year. It’s possible that readers are more likely to be active here though.
I would like to reach 5,000 followers by the end of the year and 10,000 by the end of 2023.
I published 37 stories in August. I also deleted 2 of my older stories. I’m considering deleting another 10–20 that are not worth having on my profile. My published story count now stands at 402. This will be story 403.
I would like to get to 550 stories by the end of the year. I should then be able to hit my target of 1,000 stories by the end of 2023. Maybe it would help if I didn’t delete any of m older stories!
I earned $384.47 in August. As you can see from the image above, this is a slight improvement from last month, by way down on my best months. I hope September proves to be a better month.
I’ve also changed my strategy slightly, so that should help as well.
Last month I wrote about my top story earning $166.56.
My top story in July earned $166.56. It was 9 Things That Will Disappear From Our Lives Within 20 Years.
August was quite disappointing in comparison, as my top story only earned $48.45. It was Average Net Worth By Age — How Do You Compare? This story was also my second-best earner in July.
By second-best earner in August was Average Net Worth by Country — How Do You Compare? It earned $26.96.
In July, 222 of my stories earned at least $0.01. In August, this dropped to 197 stories. As the earnings improved slightly, it shows that the amount per story was more evenly spread. This is a good thing.