No catchy titles, no attention-grabbing intro. Just sharing what’s on my spirit.
Here’s the thing.
I notice my evolution on WordPress in my short 10 months on the platform.
I love WordPress for the intentions that brought me here: to find my voice, to house my thoughts in one place, to exist on the internet for the sake of existing, to let me be myself in every way, shape, or form.
No ulterior motives. Nothing to sell, promote, or push – until this past Tuesday when I plugged my Medium page and the special monthly Medium membership link that would support my work.
I viewed this website as a place to put myself out there, see what sticks, and hopefully serve as a landing page for all the other projects I plan to take off in the new year.
If you’ve been here a while, you’ll recall plenty of spiritual and existential ramblings. That’s where my mind was back then, and I honor that.
Today, though, it’s different.
I’ve learned some things on writing and content creation worthy of note:
- No one wants to read your spiritual ramblings, at least not repeatedly
- A few people who know you in person may want to stop by and see what you’re up to, but for the most part, people spend time on content because they care about what’s in it for them
- Knowing your audience and what they want from you pays off in the long-run
- It makes business sense to think twice about what you put out in the world
- Writing can be fun and for you only as much as it can also be about getting paid
I am still learning which platforms I want to use for what.
Because I’ve only ever explored my writing as a means of self-expression with an audience of one (that audience being me), I am still fairly new at writing for an audience. As I continue to practice and grow, I hope to get better and better at using my words for their exact intent.
Humorist and cartoonist, David B Clear, says we should write on every platform. Loyalty doesn’t exist. Platforms exploit creators anyway, so why should we, as writers, stay loyal to any single platform?
That said, I want to think about how to make the most of my writing on WordPress, Medium, and Substack down the line.
With WordPress and Medium, I just kind of started. Stumbled into it, now seeing where it goes. With Substack, I want to be strategic, planned, and savvy. Who knows – sometimes, you just have to get started and see what sticks!
Have a great weekend and see you on Monday!