Okay, Ninja! Here we go.
Today, you’re going to write your first Medium post.
If you’ve been following around, you should have a list of ideas and a list of work you can repost to Medium, if you have any.
What will you write about? If you’re not sure, here are some ideas:
- Post a piece of flash fiction. (This is especially good if you have a lot of friends on Facebook who might head over and check it out if you ask them to.)
- Re-post something you’ve already published, as we’ve talked about.
- Let yourself be vulnerable: write about something that’s bothering you.
- Write about something that’s working for you.
- Write about an experience you’ve had.
My advice is to keep it under 1000 words.
There are two things that are more important than anything else when it comes to getting attention on Medium: the title and a picture. When someone is looking for something to read on Medium, those are the two things they’ll see until they click to open your post. They’re also what will be shared on Facebook and Twitter.
Your title should be provocative. It should be something that compels a click. The title of my Medium post that has the most reads is How I Got Fat. The top three stories on Medium, as I write this post, are:
- How to Become the Best in the World at What You Do
- How to Get People to Like You in 5 Seconds or Less
- How I Went from Zero Experience to Landing a 6-figure San Francisco Design Job in Less Than 12 Months.
I actually had to stop writing and read that last one. It was pretty inspiring.
Notice that all three of those posts start with ‘How to; or ‘How I.’ Yours doesn’t have to, but it bears remembering that people are reading your post to get something out of it for THEM. They aren’t reading it to do you a favor. Focus on writing a post with your reader in mind, and write a title that promises something to the reader.
You’ll also need a picture. A compelling one. This is actually pretty simple. I use Stocksnap. Just click over, type in a keyword, choose a picture, download it, then upload it to the top of your post. Stocksnap’s photos are all royalty free and cash free. You’re free to use them without worry about copywrite.
Now, write your post. My advice is to use headers to bread up the text. If you write the header text, highlight it, and you’ll be able to turn it into subhead by clicking the little t. (The big T will make it a title.) Headers make your post easier to read.
When you get to the end of your post, add a form from Rabbut. Then pop in the bio you wrote yesterday–with a link to someplace where readers can follow you. It doesn’t hurt to ask readers to click the green heart and recommend your post if they enjoyed it.
Now click ‘publish.’ You’ll be able to choose up to five tags. Choose them all.
Once your story is published, go through it and highlight the lines you think are best. That will encourage readers to highlight as well. And share your story on your Twitter and Facebook feeds. Go ahead and ask your friends and family to read and click the green heart. Be brave!
Come on over to Facebook and share your link with the Ninjas. Friday is our self-promo day, but if you let us know you’re posting as part of The Medium Challenge, we’ll make an exception.
Tomorrow we’ll talk about how to submit your post to a publication.
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