My 3 Figure Payout on Medium and Why I’m So Confused By It.

I’m not gonna lie. I didn’t come here just for shits and giggles and to write. Nope. I came here, like most other writers, to connect with like minded individuals, share my ridiculous and sometimes tragic stories, educate, inspire, motivate others and make money.

Is it all about the money? At first it was, now not so much. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m happy at the month’s end when I get the “Here’s your payout” email from Medium. My first payout was $3.68 (or something like that) I was pretty stoked about that.

I’m easily pleased.

You see, I live in Guatemala. $3 goes a long fucking way. I could buy a tshirt, or 3 pineapples or 3 shots of tequila with that money, depending on my mood that day.

Anyway, this past month I’ve been writing my heart out to see what my earning potential could be. Some days I post two articles, but usually every day, 1 for sure. I leave one free, and set one for paid members (you really should sign up for $5/mth 😜)

So every day for one month, I posted daily. Obviously not all my stories connect with readers. What I think is a good story, others might not be so interested in. I’m still learning.

I made an amazing $93 for the month of June (or was that July?) and I was pretty stoked about that!! (bartender, line ’em up!!!) so I was looking at doubling or even possibly tripling that this time around. I worked my skinny ass off.

It’s ok. I really love what I do.

If you do what you love, you’ll never work another day in your life. ~Marc Anthony

Dude. It’s still fucking work. Anyway.

So I got my payout email today. I had an idea of what it was going to be because I can see the weekly stats. It came in at 3 figures. Yay!


I really would have loved the first figure to be a 3 or 6 or maybe even a 9! It was a 1. This past month I made $135. You know. That’s not too fucking shabby. I’ll take it and certainly not complain about it…………but.

I checked my stories to see which ones hit home and which ones flopped. To be honest, I can’t make heads or tails out of Medium’s payout structure. Some stories that didn’t do so well with the audience, made more money than those that got over 1K claps.

I don’t get it.

Once a week I try to get into a good publication with a big following. I do my best to get my stories out there, any way I can. My followers are growing slow but sure. I’m happy about that. Honestly, I’m pretty happy about everything Medium except not being able to understand the payout structure. I’d have to say that drives me bat shit crazy.

The payout structure and the algorithms are like the Cadbury Secret. You’ll never fucking figure it out. I’m not really sure what more I have to do. Lock all my stories? I can’t do that just yet. I’m still building an audience. Write more times a day? I could but that would suck the life right out of me. I also manage my own Facebook page, do image and video creation, podcasting, guest posting, playing with puppies (ok they don’t pay me for that but what a great fucking job I tell ya), work on my website and a million other things.

I would probably need more hours in the day and another Iva to be honest if I had to up my Medium writing game.

For this month, I’m happy I made it to 3 figures. Yay Iva! I’m going to do my best to up my writing game but not so much in the quantity, more the quality. I’ve learned a lot from other writers about quality, headlines and article structure.

I’ll take what I learned and apply it in hopes of making next month’s 3 figure payout start with a 3 or a 6 or a 9!!

Peace and Love

xo iva xo

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