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I’m Still Here After Nearly 2 Years and 200 Articles on Medium

Grab a cup of tea (or whatever you prefer) — I’d like to tell you about my Medium journey, which got off to a slow start

Alan (AJ) Autistic Widower
5 min readSep 9, 2022


Calendar for 23 September 2020 showing one event at 3:15 pm: Create Medium Account
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During the last two years, I’ve made $175 in total on Medium — so I can’t be here for the money!

First steps

I created my Medium account on 23 September 2020.

Before that point, I’d shared my opinions on Twitter, Facebook, and Blogspot. But I didn’t know much about Medium. I perceived it as a place for proper writers — not people like me.

It felt like I had nothing to lose by trying. So I reused some of my old Facebook posts and copied a few articles from my Blogspot site. Then I waited nervously. What if people actually started reading my articles?

I need not have worried.

Nothing happened

Tumbleweed on long straight road in the middle of nowhere
Photo by Luismi Sánchez on Unsplash

Part of me was relieved. After overthinking and imagining I would receive unpleasant comments, having no comments at all made it feel like I’d dodged a bullet.

Going forward, I continued writing and publishing on both Medium and Blogspot. But it felt like I was hiding in the shadows.

First ever earnings

Having joined the partner program immediately, it took a mere three months for the money to start pouring in. Okay, trickling. Occasionally.

Month 3 (November 2020) was the first month with any earnings.

I received… $0.07

Yes — 7 cents!

I could hardly believe it! It felt amazing to have found a way to receive money for my writing. But nobody could call it a life-changing amount. 🤣



Alan (AJ) Autistic Widower

Former electronics engineer & programmer in England, 50-something with a dry sense of humour. Sharing stories & opinions. Tip jar: