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Big Upgrades Will Be Happening in The Writers Community

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$$$— New rewards for creators on Medium, Twitter, Quora, and LinkedIn

There’s one common question we’re obsessed with. It’s: ‘Where should I be writing online in order to be successful?’

What if an online writing pro and insider were to tell you: ‘The answer is simple. Anywhere. Because it’s the golden era of content creators. There are success stories on every platform.’


I was intrigued by a tweet from Nicolas Cole

As a committed writer eager to build my career online, I’m very interested in news about the online writing world. It’s well known that all social media platforms change like the weather, not just Medium.

A few days ago, I stumbled upon a retweet by Tom Fenske, editor of ‘The Shortform’ that immediately caught my attention. I was intrigued.

It was a tweet by Nicolas Cole about some insider info:

There are some BIG upgrades happening in the creator economy for writers on:

– Medium

– Quora

– LinkedIn

– Twitter

I can’t say too much yet (insider info) (…)

$$$$$$$

Here’s the original tweet:

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Nicolas is an authority in the online writing world

To be honest, I hadn’t known Nicolas until I came across this teaser.

That’s why I did some research in order to find out if he was a trustworthy source of information or maybe some type of fake news. (Sorry, Nicolas ;-))

As you can see from his profile, Nicolas has around 19k followers on Twitter. That’s a lot. So I assumed he was an influencer in digital writing.

Well, he is! He’s huge. He’s an authority.

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He turned his passionate side hustle into a real business

Nicolas is an inspiring personality and has achieved what many of us only dream about. He turned his passionate side hustle into a real business.

Here are the most interesting parts of his success story:

  • From his profile page on Twitter, I learned that he published his first book when he was 17.
  • In 2014, he started answering questions for Quora and became #1 writer.
  • In 2016, he became one of the Top 10 contributing writers on Inc Magazine. He fulfilled the most-sought after dream of most writers: he quit his 9–5.
  • In 2017, he opened an agency dedicated to ghostwriting, for instance for NYT bestselling authors.
  • Since 2017, he has also has republished his Quora content on Medium and became more than 20x Top Writer on Medium in various categories.
  • In 2021, he became co-creator of the ‘Ship 30 for 30 writing community’ which is dedicated to help writers make their craft a habit.

Therefore, in my view, he really has a voice in the online writing world. When he announces there are major changes on the horizon for content creators, I really do believe him.

How can he have insider info about all platforms?

Despite his impressive portfolio, there’s one interesting question on Twitter:

How can he have insider info on Medium, Twitter, Quora and LinkedIn all at once?

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As Jessie states, I also thought they were separate and divided.

Nevertheless, for instance, Ev Williams also co-founded Twitter. He still has stakes in the company and I’m sure he just ‘knows’ what’s going on in Silicon Valley.

And as ghostwriter for several founders and executives, Colin has a broad network to Silicon Valley too.


Two parallel updates on Twitter and Medium

There are for instance two new features which were launched in parallel.

1. Lists

I noticed that on both platforms they’ve introduced ‘lists’ as a new product feature.

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Previously, you could already save stories privately under the icon ‘bookmarks’. Now you can compile your favorite stories in regard to a specific topic by tapping the ‘bookmark’ icon and give it a name — for instance ‘Writing on Medium’ (see below), and show it on your profile page.

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As you can see, I’ve already compiled around 14 stories on this list.

To classify the benefits of this new feature, I found this tweet by one of Medium’s Top Writers, Tom Kuegler:

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In my opinion, as Tom says, let’s wait and see how many writers and readers are going to check what’s on their favorite writer’s lists — and therefore, if it’s going to become a really important feature or not.

As far as I’m concerned, I’m curious to see which articles inspire other writers — and if one of mine is one of theirs too.

In fact, I’ve already found an interesting collection of stories. It’s by Ev Williams. In it, he shares some of his all-time favorite articles on Medium.


Let’s have a look at Twitter: On Twitter, you can find it under ‘Lists’ on the left side. As you can see, I was added to a list by Ellie Jacobson called ‘Medium Writers’.

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2. Notifications

Moreover, both platforms have introduced a new — let’s call it — ‘bell’ icon with which you can get notifications about your favorite writer’s posts and tweets. Here’s how it looks on Medium.

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When you click it, you must opt-in to your subscription.

As you can see below, your email address will be shared with the writer and he can contact you outside of Medium as well.

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I love this new feature because building an email list outside of a specific platform is crucial nowadays.

Previously, there was a grey box under your story inviting readers to opt-in to get your stories in their mailbox. To be honest, it was a feature in the background, with little to no presence.

Now, it’s more in the spotlight. That’s great and definitely a gain for writers. So, please feel free to opt-in and get my stories in your inbox too!📨


Let’s have a look at Twitter too.

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If you’re curious you can click the ‘bell’ icon and will get notified when Nicolas releases further information.

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… because a few days ago he tweeted:

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So despite the two smaller updates regarding lists and notifications, hopefully, this week we’ll know more about the bigger upgrades.

I’m very curious to see what’s coming!


A sneak peek into future changes

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As I said at the beginning of my post, it’s the golden era of ‘content creation’, and Medium and Co. are racing to attract writers amid a creator arms race.

With their changes, the platforms are trying to lure (the best) creators to their platforms.

What’s a content creator?

Up to now, we’ve always spoken of ‘writers’ on Medium, but now we’ll presumably speak more of ‘creators’ — for instance in the enrolled ‘Creator Fellowship Program’ by Medium. But what are ‘content creators’?

Digitalmarketing.org defines them as follows:

A content creator is someone who creates appealing and awe-inspiring content for the viewers. (…) And it is this emotionally appealing content that connects the audience with your brand.

In regard to this definition, when we write on the online writing Medium, we express ourselves in the written form on this platform. We’re creative, and create (appealing) content in text form.

Therefore, we are writers and content creators at the same time.

Whereas when you’re a content creator on YouTube or TikTok, for instance, on this medium you’re primarily a creator of video material.


The first glances of the upcoming changes

Let’s have a sneak peek into what I’ve discovered within the last weeks and months:

  1. 👉Medium announced there will be a ‘Creator Fellowship Program’. On July 16, Ev Williams and his team sent an email to the platform’s most valuable contributors — for instance to Benny Lim or Rui Alves. They can apply in order to secure a fixed income — $200 minimum. Medium wants to select and take on board a limited number of creators and ‘uses subjective criteria to determine admission, including quality of writing.” The Program will start in August and run until October. Moreover, in their latest cash bonus email, Ev Williams and his team also announced in August will reveal their future (reward) system.

In August, we’ll announce more writer programs and Partner Program updates.

Medium

Bonuses will continue through the month of July.

2. 👉ScienceDuuude published an article about upcoming changes on Facebook and Instagram. Mark Zuckerberg announced that he will be investing more than $1 billion to pay content creators.

“We want to build the best platforms for millions of creators to make a living, so we’re creating new programs to invest over $1 billion to reward creators for great content they create on Facebook and Instagram through 2022. Investing in creators isn’t new for us, but I’m excited to expand this work over time.” — Mark Zuckerberg

Additionally, Facebook adds dozens of new writers to its newsletter platform “Bulletin. Macom Gladwell, organizational psychologist, and NYT-bestselling author Adam Grant became also part of it.

3. 👉In the thread to Nicolas’ teaser, Toby tweeted that his LinkedIn account had already been upgraded to a ‘Creator account’.

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At the end of March, LinkedIn announced the new setting:

LinkedIn creators are members who regularly share content with their professional community to demonstrate their expertise, ignite conversations about ideas and experiences, and build communities around common interests.

(…)we’ll also give creators who opt into creator mode exclusive access to content tips and tailored best practices. We’re ramping creator mode to all members globally over the coming month, and will continue to find new ways to enhance creators’ experience on LinkedIn.

Margaret Rosa Taormina, Senior Product Manager LinkedIn


Advantages of writing on Medium & Co.

Vishnu*s Virtues stated a few months ago: ‘We are in the golden time of blogging thanks to Medium.’

I couldn’t agree more. Blogging or writing online on your own is very hard. It can really be frustrating. I’ve been there. Once upon a time, I was a travel blogger with my own blog.

It’s a big struggle:

  • You struggle to monetize your blog — you often don’t know how to earn money.
  • You struggle with the technology — it’s not easy to set up and get started
  • You struggle to get the views you deserve and quality feedback — at the beginning, you’re website isn’t ranked. No one sees it. You have to promote your posts via other channels too.

The pros of Medium and the other content creator platforms:

  • you can practice your writing skills within a community and aren’t a lone wolf
  • faster feedback
  • you can build a brand
  • you can connect your accounts and link to each other*

(*In order to grow your audience Medium for instance recommends connecting to Twitter and other social medium platforms, for instance, your Facebook page, where you’ve already built or want to build an audience.)

  • wider distribution
  • targeted distribution
  • you can earn money

Final thoughts

In regard to the latter, Nicolas seems to know that the fast-moving platforms will invest in its creators and there will be attractive rewards too — ’$$$$$$$’.

I’m intrigued, and I think you’re at the right place at the right time if you want to or have already started to write online. Medium can (still) be your primary writing platform.

Nevertheless, it’s also smart to make use of other online writing platforms and share or repurpose your work on different sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Quora in order to grow your earnings.

The future seems to be bright. You could grow online, make real money outside of the traditional nine to five job and even make a living out of your writing.

© Kristina God


August 9, 2021 — NEW UPDATE — Quora’s new monetization tool for writers

Meanwhile, Quora also announced big news!

July 28, 2021 — NEW UPDATE — the Medium Writers Challenge

Meanwhile, Medium announced one big upgrade:



Thanks for making my words part of your day. I’m Kristina God, 9x Top Writer and one of Medium’s Top 2,000 Writers.

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