Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Follow Me on Medium

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If there are people who follow this blog, you have noticed that I have not posted anything in quite a long time.  I'm going to be honest with you and tell you why.  I enjoy writing blogs, but I also enjoy having people read my posts.  I had thought that a rather good number of people read my posts, but I was proven wrong when I started to use Statcounter to track my views.   I soon noticed that the statistics that were provided by Blogger were totally wrong and unreliable.  I was only receiving a small fraction of views that Blogger had been reporting.  Some days I actually received none.  I also discovered that the views that Blogger was reporting were actually from bots. That is why my referring sites were mainly from Russia!

After I write these posts I have to manually distribute them to social media sites in hopes of boosting readership.  This can be very time consuming and often times a useless endeavor.  I started writing this blog both as a hobby, since I enjoy writing, and as a possible source of some sort of income.  As you may have noticed I have ads on this site, including Google Adsense, in hopes of earning enough money to at least pay for my costs of running this blog.  I have never received enough money from Adsense or my other ads to come anywhere near that.  Over the lifetime of my blog I haven't earned enough money to buy myself a bottle of wine!  I have tried very hard to promote my blog and have people follow me, and click on the ads, to no avail.

I recently discovered Medium, a site where I can write about what I want for free and even make money from my articles.  On this site you have 2 options. One is to publish articles on this site for free, but only be able to read a few articles a month. The other option, which I have, is to pay$5 a month for the Medium Partner Program, to read unlimited articles and earn money from my articles.  I have been writing for Medium for about 6 months and have earned over $100 so far. That doesn't sound like much, but compared to months of zero earnings for years, it's a fortune.  The money a writer earns comes from the $5 fee each Medium Partner Program member pays.  There are no annoying ads.

If my readers want to continue reading my work you can find my articles at Medium. You can join the site for free or pay for the Medium Partner Program and read an unlimited number of articles on a variety of subjects, as well as begin your own writing adventure.  On occasion I may post articles on this blog, but until I see more of a following here I will be writing on Medium.  I hope to see you again and thanks for those who have stuck with me for all of these years.

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