Become a recommended writer in a niche topic of your interest
I’ve got good news and bad news.
Bad news first: Medium ditched its Top Writer badges.
This means you can’t become a Top Writer on Medium anymore by winning a badge that looked like this:
But I’ve also got some enticing news for those who occasionally feel lost in the vast sea of content on Medium and also don’t feel seen themselves.
Medium has just rolled out its spanking new topic directory.
So in the following lines, I’ll guide you through its novel features and help you maximize your experience and also become a recommended niche writer:
Navigating the Novel Topic Directory
Medium’s latest gem lets you traverse over 500 (!) curated topics all neatly organized in one accessible page.
Peek at Medium’s refreshing new *Explore Topics* layout:
From Meta Tags to Macro Tags
From meta hashtags like #Writing and #SelfImprovement to the nitty-gritty niches of #DeepLearning, #TranscendentalMeditation, and #ElderCare — there’s something for everyone.
It truly is a smorgasbord of Medium’s diverse offerings.
For instance, here’s a glimpse of #Transcendental Meditation:
Each topic offers a blend of recommended and latest articles.
Moreover, Medium spotlights some lists and also shows picks from Medium’s staff:
Plus, it introduces you to the recommended writers in that arena and associated subjects…
… if it’s a meta tag (here’s a list of the meta tags, previously called Top Writer tags).
The New *Who To Follow* Section Is a Work In Progress and Not Perfect
Besides this Top 5 writers, the Top 50 list doesn’t exist anymore…oh wait…now you can click on “See more suggestions” and you’ll get this:
Why not follow Gary V who hasn’t written a piece since 2016 and never recommends Medium as a social media platform in his videos?
Definitely room for improvement here!
Being Recognized in Your Sphere
Gone are the days when only the *Top Writers* in Medium’s prime categories got the limelight.
You and your story — especially if Boosted — could become a recommended story!
So make sure to tag your niche topic! There are more than 500 categories now. In the past, there used to be around 70 meta tags and people complained they were too broad.
Now you can dive into the 500 categories and pick 1–5 niche topics and macro tags that fit.
Anticipating Medium’s Moves
A hint of this change was dropped months ago in Buster Benson’s piece titled “A Big Linky Map of Medium.”
In this post, he shared a new map and asked his followers to add topics:
and I shared my opinion already in my publication for smart writers called “Online Writing and Blogging”.
Join Medium in Shaping the Future
The beauty of this directory?
If you find an omission, reach out to Breana Jones and the crew.
From my experience, Medium is always receptive to enhancing its offerings.
Want to Dive into the Treasure Chest?
To plunge into the universe of topics, access the directory here.
If you’re piqued by a missing topic, flag it to Medium!
The Crux of the Matter
Medium’s topic directory is a significant stride in enhancing content discoverability and making niche writers more visible.
Sure, there’s room for refinement.
But as it stands, it’s a fantastic portal for both readers and writers, especially those new to the platform.
So, whether you’re hunting for tales on #Dating or seeking insights into #MentalWellness, there’s a world waiting for you on Medium.