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Make money from blogging? Is that a thing?! – Siobhan Forsdick – Medium

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It’s 2018… and I have just heard of Medium

In a world where the Internet is a massive influence in our lives, we have constant access to a stream of information from many, many platforms. I consider myself to be quite clued up on popular websites and new technologies, what with my day job being software testing. So riddle me this….how have I only just heard of Medium?

Let’s backtrack a bit to two hours ago, when I was Googling “how to make money from writing”. I love to write. It’s one of my biggest passions in life, yet I don’t make nearly as much time for it as I should. I’m currently one chapter into writing my own novel, but that’s a slow burner, and I’d love to be writing new things regularly for people to see and digest and respond to. I want to write about literally anything, and put it out there for people to see. Is there a way to make money at the same time? I think to myself. Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t want to make a little extra cash for doing something they love?

Enter Google

I found an article, ironically posted here on Medium, giving me 4 ways I can make some pennies from writing. Number 2 intrigued me greatly: Paid Medium Posts.
Now, I’m pretty sure I’ve read articles on Medium before, but I’ve never really explored the depths of this rabbit-hole. What is Medium? Why is it so popular? How do I post my articles?
The internet tells me that Medium has been around since 2012. Six years of content that I’m only just starting to catch up on. And there’s so much of it! About literally anything! My mind has been blown by the sheer volume of what is available to me.

Time to explore…

Signing up for a Medium account may be the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done. I can see myself getting lost for hours just reading the words of strangers, finding posts I want to absorb every detail of, and building a collection of favourite writers. 
At the same time, I have somewhere that I can post my own writing. I have always wanted to start a blog, but have never really found the right place for it. I think I might just have done that.
I’ve thought a bit about what and when I want to post here, and came up with the answer of “whatever and whenever”. Sometimes I may post regularly, sometimes it may be weeks between posts. I have a very varied life: I like all manner of things, from technology to crochet, from food to general geekery. I also have a few mental health conditions that I like to talk about and help others in my situation. I want my posts to reflect things that interest me, and hopefully will interest others too.

So, can I make money from this?

Who knows at this point. But what I do know is, I’m going to enjoy every minute of my time here, no matter what the outcome.

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