Random strangers are a hard crowd to please.
Good for her. I guess. It's still Medium and it's still wobbly and iffy. For me, at least. But what do you mean by 'meta posts'?
I think she sold out, and didn't get much for her soul.
Our publication can now Boost stories (there's a story behind that that's left me a little salty, but I digress). I also used that as an opportunity to tighten up our editorial standards. The uptick has been almost immediate. it's all relative of course, but I want writers to see our page as aspirational. I think (hope?) this'll be a 1-2 punch to make that happen.
Separately-and this might be because I still clear my reading history after almost every session- I've seen very few meta stories lately. Like, almost none.
Thank you for reminding me about this, Linda.
I do not like meta posts generally speaking. And writing them just because they get viewed the most is a place I have been and don’t want to go back to
Interesting how the writer was sort of forced to pick up the skills that made her "boostable." Good lesson there. But I'm with you on the meta posts — no thanks.
Great post, as usual. What is a meta-post?
Linda, at the end of the day, we've got to decide what kind of writer we want to be. The "what's in it for me" would never work for me and I suffer with lower stats. I am ok with that because I am finding a kindred community. Feeding my curiosity and finding reasons to laugh are still more important to me than money not earned.
So no worries that my reality will come crashing down on you. But you might find a good story or two of mine that you like. My fictional character, Alfred, has all kinds of interesting thoughts. On the spectrum but highly functioning, this week he is going to share how he got to be a "culture builder" and what the hell that means. Will it earn $? I think not. Will it make a few smile and ponder.... maybe.
FWIW, I like your writing values. Please keep it up! Jill
I had to look up meta posts - as a poet, I'm so out of my league with some of this stuff! You made good points that hold up for poetry as well. The best poems inspire or comfort others - they're not versed journal entries
Great read. Amazing points. Lessons learned.
I'm finished scrolling on Twitter. It feels like I'm scrolling strangers, which they are.
SS Notes feel like messages from friends!
We all get sucked into writing the occasional meta post, but if we're lucky, we snap out of it or have friends who forcibly kick us till we do.
She sort of followed your advice on making it interesting to the reader. I've been meaning to ask, what title analyzer do you use.