Dr? Here’s my take on curation from my own personal experiences. Two years ago when I began writing on this platform it took me writing 252 articles in a row before I ever received my first curation. A curation I had to reach out to the Medium curators and beg for. The piece was My Father Wept and even with the curation it never made any serious traction. After that, and evidently being on the “watch for” list, I started receiving curations to the tune of two or three a week. Sometimes double and triple distributed. And then precisely on February the forth of this year, for me, the curation faucet was turned off. And here I am again writing without the benefit of the curators' acknowledgment or favor.

Only it’s worse this time because Medium will no longer accept queries from writers as to why they aren’t getting curated anymore. If you try, you’ll receive a link to the “curation guidelines” and nothing else.

If you continue to keep asking, well let me ask you this. What usually happens to that pesky fly during dinner?


There is no rhyme or reason to the process at all, except that if you’re accepted into a publication owned by Medium your changes of curation are exponentially better.

My personal opinion? The writers on Illumination should all band together and support you and this publication to make it great despite the fact that the house is stacked against us.

We believe in you and what you intend to do and we will step up to the plate with you, for you and for ourselves.


P.G. Barnett

A published author enjoying married Texas bliss. Dog person living with cats. A writer of Henry James' stories. Featured In MuckRack. Top Writer In Fiction.

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