When I wrote an “About Me”, I did it forcefully. I wanted to jump in the train that Quy Ma created — a glorious train for everyone by the way. I thought that I will increase my views by adding links, etc.
Then, I stumbled across Michelle Loucadoux, MBA’s “About Me”. It wasn't like any other story in this publication. It was a second try. Moreover, it was an honest piece. It got me to know her better, further understand her vision when writing.
I wanted to write an “About Me” story for my Buy Me A Coffee campaign as…
Sigh. I hate my titles most of the time. I find them generic. Like I’ve seen it a hundred times already, from other writers. Especially from top writers.
That’s where I’m wrong. The fact that I’ve seen this sort of title many times before shows the fact that’s a great title. It got used by many others before me, so it’s perfectly good.
The only thing that changed is my experience and perspective.
When you see titles, as a writer, you see them from a writer's perspective. Not a reader perspective. That’s what makes you picky about them.
We often try to socialize on Medium, following people back or trying to find recent stories to support. It was harder, but now things are changing.
Medium is helping us, more than we think of.
Let me explain.
Medium added a valuable option of seeing what people the person you clicked on is following.
Precisely, Medium is giving us the opportunity to see the 5 writers that published most recently. If you can see on my screenshot above, two publications posted right now, ILLUMINATION is one of them.
I’m so excited because of the math you’ll see behind this.
Did you click on my article because of my funny image attempt?
If yes, you need to question why did that work.
If no, then I have to question why I went for a cheesy failed attempt to capture the audience.
One thing that Medium taught me in the months I’m writing here is that you need to pay attention to what people highlight in your stories.
That observation led me to the conclusion that people like to highlight questions. They also like to highlight answers to those questions as well.
The real question is…
I’m stuck in a time-loop. I wrote for the If This, Then That challenge so many times. I failed all of them. Will this story be the one? I won’t know, I’m living the same day every day. But I hope you will help it in your regular timeline. I hope that if I end up escaping this loop, I’ll see a glimpse of success.
You want to watch a movie. You like horror, comedy, or sci-fi. Or you are a fan of the occasional romance. Well, I got you covered. …
It’s month 6, and I still can’t draw the audience's interest with my titles. Sigh.
When they go into my story, they stick to it, stats don’t lie. But I lack the “clickbait” words in my headlines. Well, I made some research for my benefit and yours.
Power words work as triggers. They trigger emotion or curiosity, and you, the reader, end up clicking to read the story based on that trigger.
If I put the word “I” in my headline, it won’t work nearly as much as the word “You”. You trigger someone’s interest by offering them value. …
Okay, so I started this initiative when I got bored writing. It’s not perfect yet, but it’s doing its best. I’m a perfectionist, and I always try to improve my writing. I knew I needed to write the way I talk. I Googled “speech to text”, click on the first link in the results, and voila. I could speak and create content just like that. And it almost sucked…
Why did I decide to write as I speak?
While I think…
This story was supposed to be about the recent wave of #MeToo incidents in my country, Greece. But as I waited for it to grow, it became more than that.
It’s a story about you, people that got abused and didn't come to the light yet. And it’s about people that are getting abused right now but have a beacon of hope to guide them.
It’s a story about me, being sick about what I hear and read. And it’s a story for you, that feels the same way as well. We are people that can offer a digital hug…
If I listened to any advice my mother gave, sorry mom, I would have a lot of limits in my life. It would be error-free, but at what cost? Less wisdom. less insightfulness. I could save some time avoiding the mistakes she noted. but I would lose the deeper meaning. It’s like reading the summary of a book and pretending I know the whole story.
I won’t lie. It’s nice to have a “parent” that will tell you what to avoid and what to do. I often seek lessons from others. After all, being in a society means sharing. …
I love dogs. Like, you can’t even imagine how much I love them. I go crazy when I see any kind of doggo… Yes, I even call them doggos, or woofers — silly me when I see them…
I used to call them, and they all came to me. Stray dogs, or dogs with their pet humans…They were listening to me.
I know it has to do about my smell. I was smelling happiness and bravery. A strong vibe that every doggo wanted to smell. I was at my best.
But recently… something changed. …