The internet as a popularity contest is the way many approach it, I don’t.
From an editorial standpoint, I understand curation to be a seal of quality however I must stress that it doesn’t guarantee you an audience.
You can trawl through my archive for living proof of that — writing a solid piece doesn’t mean it’ll resonate with those who came to feast their eyes on the misery of others, for example.
But as long as my work reaches one fellow human in some way, I’m good.
What this approach has done for me goes far beyond money as my income remains as modest as my readership.
But modest though it may be, this readership is made up of fellow thinkers, creators, and visionaries who have one thing in common: We’re all asking ourselves how we can reclaim the internet from the sticky, grabby mitts of the loud and greedy braggarts for the common good.
I’ve long thought of Medium as a place where we could incubate something different even though it yet has to reflect this vision. So far, it has elevated the same garbage as the rest of the internet to remain competitive and not taught us how to write better.
If you get away from the noise, you will find people thinking out loud about issues that matter, be it politics, mental health stigma, or love.
Pay close attention to the poets as many of them are far more subversive than the rest of us, aiming straight for the heart…