I’ve been hanging around here now for 4 months. I’m still not entirely sure I have it all figured out but when I’m stuck, I ask questions from a Medium guru and I get answers. It’s awesome. Every now and then I get an email from Medium saying “Dear Iva you can’t do that”. Oops! Sorry.
At first I didn’t take it all very seriously. I mean, the writing part I took seriously. I love writing and sharing my stories. It’s the impact and the value that Medium provides to writers. I thought it was just a digital magazine, you drop off a story, run away and hope someone will like it and read it.
That’s pretty much what I was doing. Colour me clueless.
I had no idea there was such a community here. It’s like walking into coffee shop, knowing half the people in there and joining someone’s table for a lovely chat.
A couple of months in to Medium and something started happening. Something really wonderful started happening.
I noticed a heartbeat. Real lives, real people, real stories. You can read about my fun Pinterest/Medium comparison here:
Pinterest vs. Medium. Squirrels and Sloths.
My friend and I were discussing the different platforms that are available now to get your message out into the world…
It was something I had never really experienced before online (other than the bullshit that goes on on Facebook). True people engaging and supporting each other. Writers encouraging and cheering each other on. Sharing their stories in response to yours.
Oh so many stories!! So many personalities. So many heartbeats!! I love it. I suddenly don’t feel so alone in this writing journey of mine. There are others, many others, who are on this journey too.
And we totally get each other. No matter what your trials or tribulations are, another writer (or member) in Mediumland totally fucking gets it and you somehow form this intrinsic bond.
I’ve never shared a bond like this before. It’s like I found a new family, a family that accepts every single part of me and never judges. A family that appreciates who I am, what I have to say, and the ridiculousness of some of my stories.
I can totally be myself here in Mediumland and not have to fear getting bashed or belittled.
I sometimes imagine what it would be like to meet some of these people in real life like at a Medium Conference or something. Would it just be a giant group hug (too much?). I would be running around hugging everybody!!
I have found a new passion and love for my craft and I owe it all to Medium and the amazing members and other writers on here. I love each and every one of you to the moon and back. You don’t even know the impact you have had on my life in the last few months.❤ Thank you for being you and being here.
Peace and Love
xo iva xo