At the time of this writing, I’m sitting here with 999 followers on Medium. I imagine by the end of the day, or maybe even in the next 15 minutes, I’ll hit 1000. It’s been a fun ride and I never expected to hit this number so soon.
I joined in March of this year with 50 (is that a Twitter thing?-I never could figure out where those peeps came from). I know many who had joined much later than I did crossed this milestone way before me. Kudos to them! Many used different tricks and tactics, others used skill and perseverance. I chose to follow my own path and it worked.
I also run a website and a Facebook page so Medium couldn’t get all my attention right away. I’m a one woman show, for now.
When I first started out here, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I thought it was a nameless faceless place to publish your work.
I thought it was just a platform with people just like myself, who love to write, want to reach a different audience and make money.
I thought I could just hit publish and walk away.
I thought it was going to be a long slow haul to any type of milestone.
Was I in for a surprise.
This is what really happened.
I’m not sure of the exact date but I received an email from Medium stating I was Top Writer in the Category of Inspiration. What? Me? You’re joking, right?
Then another email, Top Writer in Parenting. Huh? Then This Happened to Me. Then another category but I forget which one and they removed it after awhile. All good.
Then I started connecting with other writers. I found like minded people who offered support unlike any I’ve ever received. We became friends on Facebook. We email each other. We talk weekly.
Real people, just like me. Medium was indeed a place to make friends. Real friends. There’s a pulse here and it’s beautiful.
Then I learned how to write well. I have always written like I think and talk which is fine but I realized even that could be polished a bit. I learned how to polish.
Medium gave me my love of reading back. I stopped reading so many years ago, though I do devour eBooks and blogs on WP and SEO (needles in my eyes). I now enjoy reading real actual stories from amazing writers.
I’ve learned to be patient. That good things take time. That you shouldn’t kill yourself for fame, recognition or the almighty dollar.
( I just checked…I just hit 1000 😝)
I’ve also learned that when you believe in yourself and stay true to your dreams and goals, the sky is the limit. You must never ever give up on your dream just because you think it will take too long to achieve.
The time will pass by anyway? Time is irrelevant.
Patience goes a long way. Perseverance shows character. Determination always pays off.
I’ve learned that I am a good writer, I do inspire and entertain people and that people really do enjoy reading my stuff. This has pushed my self confidence way up. ❤
I’ve learned that all the limiting beliefs I have that were plugged into me as a child are meaningless. I am worthy. I am good enough. I can succeed.
I have found a home here in Medium. I am able to freely tell my stories, without judgement, that so many people get me, truly get me, love me and support me and the sweet part of it all, I get paid to do just that.
My earnings are very important to me for one reason: the more I make, the more hungry bellies I can feed. My long term goal is to get all my earnings across the board (website, book sales, Angel Card readings, ad earnings, etc) to a place where I can finally open up my own shelter, or space, to help more people (and animals) here in Guatemala.
Medium has shown that it will help me get there faster.
I’ve learned that I love Medium and the people here ❤
My journey to 1000 followers on Medium has included hard work, new friendships, new faith and confidence in myself and has given me hope.
I want to take a second here to say thank you, all of you, from the bottom of my heart, for your continued support, loyalty and for following me. I appreciate each and every single one of you. ❤
I want to also thank my fellow writers for their continued support and give a huge shout out to them. In no order of importance, here it goes:
Bonnie Barton, Shannon Ashley, Jeff Barton, Jonathan Greene, Joren van Schaik, Robin Klammer, KD Murray, Shae Jackson, Stefani Vader, Janis Cox, Randy Shingler, J Cleveland Payne, Erika Sauter, Jewel Eliese, Jason Weiland, Nupoor Raj, Nicole Akers, Frank McKinley, Michelle Monet, Christina Hausauer, Martine Weber, Michael Shook, Bebe Nicholson, Deb Knobelman, PhD, Jessica Wildfire, Lauren Salkin, Victoria Ponte and I’m sure there are many more but these are the ones who come to mind immediately. If I’ve forgotten you, forgive me, I’m kinda excited and emotional right now ❤
Don’t ever ever ever give up on your hopes and dreams. No matter how long it seems to take to get there.
Peace and Love
xo iva xo