To get it out of the way, the pros and cons of Medium have been discussed thoroughly elsewhere. But in a recent newsletter, the company shared some stats about its paid membership program that I think are at least worthy of discussion.

In short, Medium’s membership program sounds kinda like Netflix. It charges readers $5/month, then divides that money between the writers of all the articles people read. For now, Medium doesn’t even take a cut off that $5; the full amount goes to writers.

Eventually, I wager Medium will have to do something like either raise that price or start taking a cut. But I applaud the company’s effort to avoid advertising.

For example, here are a few of July’s payment stats:

  • 47% of authors or publications who wrote at least one story for members earned money. 9.8% of active authors earned over $100.
  • $16,007.02 was the most earned by an author, and $2,260.42 was the most earned by a publication.
  • $2,059.72 was the most earned for a single story.

Medium also put out a call for stories on topics they want to feature in August. I think the company is doing a good job venturing beyond its tech roots:

  • Code as Art: Stories celebrating the creative side of coding.
  • Losing My Religion: Perspectives on parting ways with faith, for better or for worse.
  • Not Another First Time Story: Reflections on doing something unexpected for the first time (particularly off the beaten path, so no: first ex; yes: first hex).

If you write something in any of these ballparks, email editors@medium.com with the subject line “Partner Program Submission” and the title of your piece.

Liked it? Take a second to support me on Patreon!
You May Also Like

There is a good variety of alternatives to Instagram

It isn’t easy to move a social circle to a new platform. But as there seems to be no end to the problems, scandals, lax policies, and downright malicious intent of the current dominant social platforms, I think it’s time to start looking for more ethical and healthier alternatives.

A small update on the newsletter

A change to publishing frequency and possibly the day should help me make a better newsletter for you.

Newsletter issue 54 is out

I enjoy producing this newsletter, and it’s had great feedback so far. Hop in, the water’s warm, and free!

It’s time to give Watch apps another chance

‪Series 4 and watchOS 5 feel like a breath of fresh air for a key aspect of the Watch that hasn’t lived up to its potential.‬