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The Secret To a 100% Read Ratio

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You’re only flesh and blood, like anyone else

It’s my 10th month on Medium. I’ve published around 250+ articles.

Most of them are short form posts. One-third are long form articles.

Yesterday I noticed I have 15 pieces with a 100% read ratio. 4 of them are long form articles.

Immediately, I remembered Anne Bonfert and Yana Bostongirl’s recent posts about this metric and realized:

Yeah! 100% read ratio is a rare achievement!

Today I want to share with you the secret to reaching a 100% read ratio in order to experience this achievement for yourself.


Are you checking the wrong metrics?

Sometimes claps, likes, and comments are vanity metrics ‘in the frontend’.

More important is what’s going on ‘in the backend’ in regard to views and more importantly in regard to ‘read ratio’.

Read ratio = ratio between views and reads.

100% = is an indication that everyone finishes reading your piece.

This is my latest 100% Read ratio piece:

👉 In the frontend, it has 682 claps and 8 comments.

👉 In the backend, it has around 100 views and a 100% read ratio.

This piece is one of the 4 long form articles that gained a 100% read ratio.


What made the difference?

In this latest piece with a 100% read ratio, I’m drawing back the curtain to let my readers in on some of my hardest days as a writer.

I’m sharing the thought patterns that kept me moving forward and what I’ve discovered about entering the Medium Writers Challenge.

I tell you. I literally went back and forth about publishing this story. I hesitated hard before hitting publish.

Similar as I went back and forth with sharing my two very personal essays for the Writers Challenge beforehand.

Here are my entries for the Medium Writers Challenge:

#space — It’s about SPACE to breathe again! This doesn't mean a big and fancy apartment.

#death — A beautiful tribute to my granddad. It’s about fulfilling your dreams and truly living your life.


Way more vulnerable than usual

The last past five months have been some of the most challenging months I’ve ever had in my entire life.

I found myself in a hyper-emotional phase and I had the feeling my (old) life was about to crumble into 1,000 pieces.

Writing my thoughts down showed me I’m only flesh and blood — like anyone else.

Therefore, these 3 essays are way more vulnerable than I’m used to being in my writing.


Writing isn’t all rainbows and butterflies.

Oftentimes the process of writing articles (when I put my baby to bed and write until my eyes droop) isn't all rainbows and butterflies.

It’s damned hard ‘work’.

By ‘work’ I mean your mindset as well as your writing karma.

It’s all about your ability to get over mindset roadblocks and push through challenges that arise, for instance, the Medium Writers Challenge.

Oftentimes…

  • I doubt myself.
  • I avoid my laptop.
  • I want to delete my draft.

But then I remind myself it’s all about showing up and doing the ‘work’.

Entering the Medium Writers Challenge taught me a big lesson:

Writing an essay for a writer’s challenge is a big growth opportunity. It can lead to the best stories.


Final Takeaways

Besides the Medium Writers Challenge, as a writer, you always have the potential to reach thousands of readers — from your couch or kitchen table — and get a 100% read ratio with your inspiring words.

Your words can change lives forever.

Isn’t this incredible?

  • Don’t be afraid of taking risks in writing.
  • Dare to get at least a little vulnerable and even share stories you’re nervous about.
  • Take the leap to get your words into the online world.
  • Don’t let your anxiety hold you back from the big goals you have.
  • Try over and over again to push yourself through self-doubt and anxiety… and press publish.

© Kristina God

PS: Hint — If you’re going to check your read ratios now, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s likely that your read ratio will increase over time as more members read your text. The metric is only updated periodically. So for newly published essays, your read ratio might appear very low at first (for instance, 10%), but over time it will go up. Trust me!


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