Let Me Tell You How I Didn’t Become A Millionaire On Medium

And why I’m just fine with that, thank you very much

Robert Craig
2 min readMay 8, 2021
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Are you sick of all the stories proclaiming success on Medium to earn massive amounts of money? Me too. Here’s what I did instead.

  • I read great (and not so great medium articles) on a variety of topics
  • I commented where I had something to say
  • I clapped where I felt it had been earned
  • I wrote and posted stories (very occasionally)
  • I read more about changes to Medium and peoples earnings dropping as a result and took no action as a result
  • Most of all, I didn’t treat Medium as a money making tool so I didn’t make a million bucks

And that’s ok. There must be hundreds of thousands of people ‘on’ Medium for reasons other than making money. For growth, for learning, for a community, for challenge.

Instead, I simply enjoy using Medium and happily pay my monthly subscription. I treat it as an experience, not a transaction.

Can you imagine walking into a store and the shopkeeper telling you how much money they are making from you as a customer. Weird.

Congrats to those who earn a living from Medium. And Kudos to those who are here for reasons other than the money — I trust you are enjoying it and are richer for it.



Robert Craig

"Not Doing it for the Clicks" Stories based on my experiences; making sense of the world of work. Gen Xer - Technology/Personal Development/Careers/Talent