Hello, New Medium Writer

Some advice from a nobody to the newest writers of the platform

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Here you are. You are going to let others read your writing, and, after several experiments with WordPress, WIX, and others, you have arrived at Medium.

Look at its beautiful design, its cleanliness, the perfection of many pieces published here! This is by far the best place to publish your first stories. And I am not by any means trying to grab Ev Williams’ attention; It’s just that I have seen other places and I have compared them. Most suck and I am very vocal about it. However, there are some things that you need to learn.

As you discover the platform, you are going to notice one kind of article. The one that promises you to get rich and famous if you follow its advice.

Medium clickbait article.
This kind of article is not worth your time. Screenshot of Medium’s feed modified by the author

Congratulations! You have found one of the many clickbait pieces that are published here. Because Medium being a great place to publish and read interesting pieces does not mean that you will not also find a ton of trash.

You will feel tempted to read them, and after reading them, you will start doing useless things like checking your headline millions of times because some moron promised to have found the secret headline formula that leads to curation every time.

Or worse. You will do as I did, and you will add useless emphasis tricks that will distract your reader from the story that you are telling.

Emphasis tricks, such as bold letters, should be used to emphasize something. Italics are for mentioning works like Harry Potter, and pictures should be related to your piece.

A picture of a writer for an article about writing. However, it could be a better one. Photo by Adolfo Félix on Unsplash

You must learn this quick, because nothing is more annoying than a piece full of useless effects.

Other writers will try to convince you of writing pieces using celebrity names on the headline. It not only doesn’t work, but it also will attract the type of reader that usually reads crap and moves on, and it will be more difficult for you to create a solid audience.

Also, this tactic is clickbait, and Medium has a strong anti-clickbait policy, so dismiss it if you aim towards curation unless you want to make fun of it.

Some authors will tell you to write only about certain topics where the number of reads is high. This is useful if you care about money, but have in mind that those fields are crowded with writers, and even if you excel at them, it will be almost impossible to thrive in them. There is a better chance of being read when you talk about what you know.

Writing about trending topics grabs some attention, but writing about your true interests gives you better engagement, because you will post content that will attract your target reader and will keep him interested in your work.

There will eventually come a day where you will read someone saying that you must publish every day, no matter what. Please don’t do that.

It is different writing every day from publishing every day. We don’t always have something to tell; And that’s okay. Our goal here is to communicate, to deliver something useful to our audience. If you publish crap, they will know you as the one who posts crap. And like crap, a poor reputation is hard to clean.

It is better if you write when you feel like it. The best creations come to live when you are in the middle of the creative flow, and to do that, you must feel like writing something. You must feel the creative spark. This is Medium, a place to learn and find your own style.

You won’t get rich. So, enjoy!

Some Extra Resources

Thank you for reaching the end of my article. Here I have selected some articles by more experienced writers than me that will help you. And one final advice. When you are going to add some cool extras, do not tell it at the beginning. It is also considered clickbait because it forces your readers to scroll to the bottom of the page.

1. Casey Boticello’s Medium Blogging Guide.

The Best Medium Article Formatting GuideA comprehensive guide to formatting Medium stories like a top writermedium.com

2. Entertaining advice by David B. Clear. Medium’s best cartoonist.

Dear Writer — You’re an Entertainer FirstOr why your utmost priority should be to entertain your readerswritingcooperative.com

3. Tim Denning’s advice on running out of ideas.

Your Creative Genius Can Run Out of Energy (It’s Normal)Here’s how to get it back, based on my recent experience.medium.com

4. The Writing Cooperative’s Publication

The Writing CooperativeA global community of people helping each other write better.writingcooperative.com

6 things that you can do to keep your car healthy

Taking good care of your car might look difficult if you’re not a car mechanic.

But it’s not.

Machines are a bit like the human body, they need to exercise, and also, it’s a good idea to get them checked every once in a while.

Here are some basic steps to keep your car running smoothly.

1- Start the engine at least once a month.

Not using the car in a long time can be a battery killer, because the battery will slowly discharge until a point where the car won’t start.

And that might happen when you need to use it the most.

Also, this is good for joints, to keep them from getting dry, so you will avoid those nasty oil leaks. And, in the long term, will prevent the engine from rusting.

It’s also vital for the cooling system because it prevents it from getting obstructed.

2- Start the A/C system every few days.

A/C systems need oil to stay lubricated, if the A/C compressor stays dry for long periods, it will be eventually damaged.

Also, it’s a great way to remove the fog of your windscreen in winters, because it will make outside and inside temperatures match.

3- Use the electric windows.

Electric windows can break for two reasons: Overusing them, or not using them enough.

By using them from time to time you will prevent the motor from rusting.

4- Use the windscreen washers.

Some windscreen washer detergents can create a “dust” over time.

You can prevent this by using the screen washers, that way, the liquid will flow and the jets won’t get obstructed.

5- Go for a drive.

Going for a drive is a fun way to prevent damage to your car.

You can plan a short trip anywhere, and spend the day with your family or friends.

Or simply enjoy visiting other places.

By doing this you will use every part of the car

This will prevent the gearbox from rusting.

Rusting happens because part of the components are not covered in oil when the car is not moving.

It will also prevent the tires from deforming, something that happens when the car is parked for long periods in the same spot.

6- Perform periodic checks as stipulated by the carmaker.

Even if you do not use your car a lot, periodic checks and oil changes should be done, on average, every year.

Those include:

-Oil change.

-Oil filter change.

-Change petrol filter.

-Air filter check/change.

-Check transmission oil.

-Pollen filter change.

-Check coolant level.

-Check braking fluid.

-Check brake pads.

-Check tyres.

That should be enough to keep your car in running order.