They have forgotten the joy and ecstasy that comes from small wins on the platform — a single clap, a single highlight, a single positive comment or the first time you receive the mythical tag — ‘chosen for further distribution’. Most top writers have notifications turned off — they are drowning from too many claps, highlights and comments.
It hurts to hear your writing heroes make sarcastic remarks pointed at newbies — especially if you are a newbie parting with a few hundred dollars to enrol in top writer’s online courses.
- “No-one wants to read about how you made $5 last month”.
- “No-one cares about the writing hack that you discovered in only two months of writing”.
- “You need a proven track record on the platform, at least a couple of years for people to take you seriously.”
Such comments breed a sense of elitism and entitlement. Only the select few are allowed the privilege of sharing lessons from their writing experiences. This ‘royal family’ mentality runs contrary to the vision of the platform:
Here, expert and undiscovered voices alike dive into the heart of any topic and bring new ideas to the surface.
This slide into elitism will surprise most top writers — they don’t intend it to create a class system. I can only attribute the disconnect in top writers beliefs and practical actions to forgetfulness rather than malice.
I know they believe that all writers on the platform have the right to be heard. They have forgotten how it felt to be a newbie writer and the struggles of writing your heart out and only getting less than five views — mostly from friends and family.
Being relatable matters
Most stand up comedians are hilarious when starting. But, as their stardom grows, the quality of their work suffers. The comedian problem is forgetfulness. In the beginning, they joked about their struggles to pay rent, but now they joke about how tough it is to find a decent parking spot for their Ferrari.
News flash, most people don’t own a Ferrari. No-one can relate to that experience. I fear some top writers have lost touch with the struggles of ordinary people. It’s not everyone who makes thousands of dollars from their writing efforts.
To compound matters, not only are they talking about how much they make — they make fun of those that want to share their excitement at finally making $5. That $5 means folks are breaking even on the platform — don’t look down on their achievement.
Everyone is a writer
No-one comes into this world with an inherent ability to write. We all had to learn it at some point. Anyone attempting to write on the platform is a writer. They might not know precisely how to write in the way the platform wants, but they can write.
So, if a newbie is giving writing advice, remember they have been writing all their life. To have two months of writing experience on the platform does not equal two months of writing experience in life — we all have been writing since creche.
Writing on this platform is similar to trying to pass your practical driving test. You already know how to drive, what’s required is to convince the examiner of that reality.
Every experience counts
People like to show before and after pictures of success, yet gloss over the hardships they endured. Don’t get me wrong, it’s uplifting to know some people made it to the other side — but I wish more people share more about the struggles, in real-time, not after the fact.
How does it feel to receive multiple rejections by publications? What’s it like to receive 20 views for your efforts? Is that 20c income per article satisfying? Newbies don’t need to remember how it felt, as they live it every day. That too is valuable experiences to share with others.
Trust your readers
Readers on the platform are not idiots. They can discern the information they are taking in for themselves. They understand how much weight to put on the advice from a top writer and a newbie.
They understand that people don’t need to know all there is about a subject before sharing their take on the subject matter. If that was the case, then only scholars must be allowed to write on this platform.
You are still my role models
Please don’t take this as a character assassination of top writers. I aspire to be you someday as well. I’m devouring all the content you produce — articles, podcasts, vlogs, e-books, paid & free online courses etc. You are a living inspiration continue to look up.
So, keep doing your thing and inspiring millions. A rising tide lifts all boats. The more success that comes your way, the better it is for all writers. As your stardom grows, don’t forget about the little people supporting you.
Now that I have gotten that off my chest, It will be amiss if I do not share some writing advice from my small wins. Don’t give up on your writing dream, even after a few jabs from your role models. My very first article on this platform has gone on to be viewed 17,000 times in three months — that’s after zero views on the day and 25 views after two months.
I know top writers mean well, they have just become forgetfulness. To paraphrase George Orwell, they have slowly started thinking — “all writers are equal, but some are more equal than others.”