After two years on this wonderful platform called Medium I am still a plebe practitioner. Truth is it’s all on me. My bad. I can with certainty state I’ve not been serious about using Medium as a forum for my writing. That is until this February when by some mysterious happenstance, Medium members actually began to read one or two of my posts and I made a whopping $.23 cents.
Yeah, I know. That doesn’t even cover the cost of a postage stamp these days. It’s almost as much as I made on the release of my first book. But it’s not the amount you need to focus on. It’s the fact that I read, I wrote and I posted. Lather, rinse and repeat.
Of course, I’m not as prolific as most of you guys. For now, I’m averaging a post every other day, but getting paid to do something I love to do? Whoda thunk it?
Now I’m a curious old codger and when I throw caution to the wind and sign up for things I want to experiment with all the bells and whistles the site and or app has to offer. Yesterday I decided to play with writing a series. I have a load of short stories I’ve written over the years so I said to myself, “self? Why don’t you write a series of short stories?”
So yesterday I took one of my stories and I started a series:
Tell Us a Scary Story Daddy Part One
When my children were young I read Tolkien to them. But they soon tired of hobbits, orcs and wizards. They wanted to…
It was kinda fun and really easy to do and although it took me an entire day, I was pleased with the results so I published it. Then being the guy who NEVER reads an instruction manual first — I’m damned sure I’m smarter than the person who wrote it — I started investigating the best ways to use a series. Turns out it’s more slanted toward providing a more mobile way of reading.
Smartphone and tablet centric is the best way to descibe it.
Now most of you guys are a lot smarter than me ‘cause I’ve already witnessed some ingenious ways of using a series. Who would have thought you could post a story and then copy the URL of that story into a series and publish the series as well?
I’ve discovered a lot of us aren’t willing to dive into utilizing all the features of a series and because of this most of us (myself included up until yesterday) are hesitant to waste time and word count on something none of us are willing to read much less try.
Okay, I tried. I’m committed because I entitled the series Part One which implies more parts so I have to at least have a part two right? Well maybe even a part three, because my grown assed children demanded I publish three of their favorite stories I wrote six hundred years ago.
So, I’ll give it a go at least for now. Who knows maybe there’s somebody out there who enjoys reading stories on their phone instead of a twenty eight inch color monitor.
Wouldn’t be the first time I was wrong.