Hezi, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Joseph Heller, wrote “Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.”

I am a strong advocate for writers to work on their craft and to write because they love to do it. But that doesn't mean, I ignore the built-in biases in the system.

If you look behind the curtains, you will see the Wizards of Medium are just regular people with their own set of agendas, biases, and a basic need to protect the site by selling their snake oil.

Just do the math.

To make big bucks, a person needs 2500 subscribers to read only their articles and never write their own. Subtract Medium's 20% (my guess, but they have stated they take a cut), and that leaves the magic $10,000 per month so many people write about.

Medium claims to have around 1,000,000 subscribers. That means the maximum number of people to make $10,000 would be 400. Since 5-7% of the writers make at least $100 per month, and assuming a Pareto-style distribution (where 20% of the people make 80% of the money), somewhere between 10-40 people make huge money on Medium, followed by a small group who make over $1000, followed by a slightly larger group who make over $100 per month.

And then you have the 93-95% left who make next to nothing, compared to the time they put into writing.

Social media uses gamification to addict users, and Medium is no different.

https://medium.com/the-word-is-not-enough/from-newbie-to-addict-how-easily-did-medium-hook-you-6fdcb0056bb0

Don't let people gaslight you when you have a grasp of the reality of publishing. You have every right to ask questions and feel frustration.

No writer on this site is a Karen - even the ones who are named Karen.

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