Surprising Things Learned From Writing on Medium in First 30 Days

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Nancy Blackman
14 min readSep 13, 2021


Surprising Things I’ve Learned From Writing on Medium. photo of quote, “Write Without Fear. Edit Without Mercy.” Potted Plant in foreground. writing.
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I have been a paid member of Medium for a few years now. Before I started writing on Medium, I wanted to read and learn more before jumping in. Years ago, I took a StrengthsFinders assessment. I learned that one of my five strengths is Belief, which means I must believe in something before joining in. When I go in, I’m all in.

The first thing I did was start poking around Medium to learn more about writing on Medium.

Here are the people I followed (and still do). I signed up for their 5-Day Medium courses. Overkill? Maybe, but I’m a researcher. I wanted to compare the advice that top writers were giving.

Ayodeji Awosika

Tom Kuegler



Nancy Blackman

8X Top Writer. Editor. Writing Coach. Owner of Refresh the Soul publication. Read more of my writing: “Mixed Korean: Our Stories.”