Everyone Needs A Little Help From Their Friends, Even Medium Giants
Nobody comes to Medium knowing all the ins and outs. I certainly didn’t. After I joined, I did a lot of reading. Thanks to some very generous writers who shared their tricks, successes, and failures, I had my own modest success when I wrote my first article.
One of the writers who helped teach me the ropes recently mentioned that she was nervous about going on vacation. She’s very prolific. Her fans are used to seeing two or three articles from her every day. What would happen when her feed went silent and she took a well-deserved break she wondered? She’s worked hard to become one of Medium’s success stories, but the world being what it is, would they remember her when she was gone?
I think I had this notion in my head that she was so big now, she didn’t need my reads and claps, even though she writes very compelling articles.
I suffer from Medium overload as it is.
While I follow her, I don’t read her very much anymore. I think I had this notion in my head that she was so big now, she didn’t need my reads and claps, even though she writes very compelling articles. But so do many other people, and I’ve wanted to broaden the list of writers I follow. I can’t read everything on Medium. However, I was struck with an insight when she posted her concern about losing readers when she takes her break.
I had assumed that because she was a Medium celebrity, she didn’t need my help.
And on a day-to-day basis, maybe she doesn’t. What do my claps matter when she receives so many?
But what about payback?
This woman has answered so many questions that have helped me in so many ways, I can’t even list them. In tangible ways she has shown me how to set up emails and format properly and distinguish between tags and topics. But her intangible help in sharing her struggles and showing up by writing every day has given me encouragement to try to find my place here on Medium.
I better not forget the help she gave and continues to give me.
I better show up for her when she needs my support. Karma turns on a dime. If I want my readers to be there for me day to day, I need to take care of my mentors, or payback will come swiftly.
And maybe I’ll find nobody waiting for my stories if I ever earn a vacation.
Do you have some Medium giants who showed you the way in the beginning? List them in the comments so we can all read their articles. And don’t forget to say thank you for their help, by continuing to give them a hand.