I had an email this week reminding me that my first year of Medium membrship was coming to an end, which prompted me to look back at some of my stats for the year. When I took out the membership, I did it with the intention that I was going to be posting more stuff on here through the Partner Programme and my income from that would cover the cost of membership.
Now, I know the two things aren’t connected and you can continue to write and publish here without signing up as a member, but I chose membership for two reasons. First, that there was enough on here that I wanted to read that it made sense to remove the paywall and second, if I was going to look to be part of this then it was only fair that I was doing my bit to contribute to those whose posts I was reading. For me, this is a little bit of fun on the side and a way to work out some of my thinking on issues, but for others it is how they’re making a living and so I could make a small contribution to that wider economy.
How’s it worked? Well, over the year I’ve made enough from readers (thank you all) to cover the amount I paid out for membership and have a little bit more on top of that. To be clear that’s a little bit more in the sense of paying for a takeaway or two, not covering my rent or putting a down payment on my first Ferrari. Given that my writing for the last year has been sporadic at best, that’s not too bad, and possibly motivation to write and publish more.
I’m not going to get into detailed discussion about the numbers, but most of my posts have got around the same number of readers and the occasional thumbs up from fans. One post was far and away the most read, liked, commented etc of all that I wrote
The centrist fallacy
One thing I heard a few times at Liberal Democrat Conference was an assertion along the lines of ‘most people are…
and I think that’s probably not due to anything Medium-related but because it got recommended and shared a lot amongst politicians and political science types. It’s a post that seems to get discovered every so often by someone new, which gives it another boost in the reading figures.
Other stuff that’s done well have been my posts about the Liberal Democrats, especially the stuff on the supporters’ scheme debate last year.
What’s going on in the Liberal Democrats?
There’s one thing we know for sure — at least one person who likes being described as a senior party figure has a good…
We don’t need ‘Momentum for moderates’
I was thinking I might make it all the way to Conference before I found myself blogging about Lib Dem things again, but…
The many problems with Vince’s proposed changes to the Liberal Democrats
Sometimes a veteran politician can find a way to make a statement into a big story, getting himself featured highly in…
(Interestingly, “The centrist fallacy” was a follow-up to those, after the discussions at Autumn Conference)
One thing about those posts is that Lib Dem-related posts do have a network of other party members and activists who follow me on Twitter or Facebook and make a ready audience to read and share those around, especially in the middle of a big debate for the party when there’s lots of opinions being shared and lots of people wanting to find out more.
It’s time to talk about power: the future of the Liberal Democrats
Some thoughts on the future direction of the party and how we need to put power at the heart of our policies.
Why I voted for Jo Swinson
I’ve cast my Lib Dem leadership vote for Jo Swinson. Here are my reasons why.
One subject that didn’t catch fire as much as I thought it would was my running posts. This was probably partly due to me not doing them as regularly as I should, but even when I did them, they didn’t pick up many readers. That might just be because I’m not very good at writing about running, or that runners are too busy going out running to want to read about it. Anyway, even if the writing didn’t take off, I did make it round the London Marathon.
I’m going to run the London Marathon
A lot of this post is going to be a middle-aged man writing about his recently discovered enjoyment of a particular…
Overall, though, membership and the Partner Programme have been good for me over the last year, and have been a lot less hassle (and less costly!) than running my own site, which is why I’ll be continuing here for the next twelve months. I’m going to try and write more and post more regularly, and if it works maybe next year I’ll be writing a post about my first Ferrari downpayment…or maybe just which takeaway I’m going to get.