I blogged on Steemit for a week and on Medium for 40 days - here are the results
I always had a lot of imagination (too much, some would say), and I never really knew what to do with it. That's one of the main reason I hardly get stuck when writing articles or when trying to find new topics to talk about. Finding ideas is not a problem for me, but execution is.
Because executing my ideas is hard for me, I always had problems both in school and in my personal life. Teachers were impressed with my imagination, but not with my execution. This may be the main reason I always had really bad grades.
This is one of the reasons I decided I should freelance. I always felt like traditional work is destroying my imagination, or is at least blocking it. I live in a village, and around 10 years ago, when my grandfather was alive and both my grandfather and grandmother were healthy, we had a lot of work to do around here, and I was helping them.
Whenever I did any of the work they told me to do, I wasn't able to use my imagination. I was so focused on working and using my body to lift heavy things, that my brain couldn't concentrate on anything. Sometimes it was nice not to think about anything, but that wasn't always the case.
So, I chose freelancing, hoping to be able to use my imagination better. And it worked, for a while, and in some cases. First, it worked when I did not need any kind of money. When I was 14 years old I got really interested in graphic design and video editing, and I started learning about those things until I was able to create something myself.
I started copying things I saw in tutorials online, and managed to create small things like this:
It was fun, and it was nice to receive feedback for those designs, but when I grew older, I realized nothing like that will really get me money, and money is what I needed, so I started doing something different.
I tried multiple things, from YouTube, to selling stock design packages on Graphic River, from trying to keep a personal blog, but nothing worked as expected. A month or so ago I discovered Medium, and it seemed like a really nice idea. Write a lot of posts, get a lot of followers, tell them about a few nice products to buy using affiliate links, get some money from that, build some products yourself, sell them the products, and make money.
Since I had no other option, and I needed money fast, I decided to do that. So I started writing posts on Medium every single day, for about 40 days, and I did not get a lot of results.
A week ago I heard about Steemit, and since I was in a tough position, I decided to give it a try. I made an account, I waited around 5 days to get approved, and when I did, I started posting a few articles.
I was more than sure I won't get anything on this website as I did not get anything on Medium. I was wrong. In just a few days of posting, I got more rewards than I got in more than a month of using both Medium and Graphic River.
I posted over 40 articles on Medium and over 20 on Steemit, in only a week. This is the number of followers I got on Medium, after over 40 days of work, compared to the number of followers I got on Steemit after only one week of posting:
A big difference ha? I know.
In only one week of posting on Steemit I got 30 followers, while getting only 6 on Medium. I don't say I'm not grateful for them, but it's obvious which website is trying to get your content to more and more people.
But let's not focus on that. Followers are very important for everyone, but most of the people reading this really care about one important thing - money. How much money did I make from Steemit and how much money I made from Medium?
Well, I did not receive all the rewards from all the articles on Steemit, because it did not yet pass a week since I posted them, but here's what it says I got, from my 4 most popular articles:
That's almost $500!!! In a week!!! I never, in my life, made that amount of money in such a short amount of time. I'm barely making around $150 a month on Graphic River, and I spent almost one year working there only to get that! What the hell!?
Okay, now here's the amount of money I made on Medium in more than 40 days of publishing:
In case you're wondering why the image is not loaded yet, well, it's because there is no image. I made absolutely $0 from Medium since I started, and I posted over 40 articles.
I spent entire hours writing all kind of posts for Medium, for 40 damn days, and I made $0. How is that possible? I would show you how much I made from Graphic River, but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to. What I can say is that I maybe made around $1000 in a few months.
My goal, right now, is to get the thing I wanted to get for years, and I never could - a really good computer. I never had one, and my parents never had the money to get me a really new and good computer when I was little.
I was always forced to play old games, to use old software and to wait too much for each page to load on my browser. While I'm writing this, my computer sounds like It's gonna take off into the sky, because besides text, I also have a few images on this post, which means my computer is struggling to handle all that.
I tried for so much time to get a computer, and apparently working a week on Steemit got me closer to my dream than working for years on anything else. It's hard for me to describe the feeling I get whenever I realize this, and it's hard for me to thank anyone who upvoted my posts, because I don't think I would ever be able to thank them enough.
Once I'll learn how to get all the money I made on Steemit on PayPal, and I can see that all my work has paid off, and I can get a computer, I don't think there's a way for me to get back to anything else than Steemit. I don't think I could work for Graphic River or Medium again.
If I can get the computer I so much desire from just posting on Steemit... well, I don't know what I would do. I guess I'll dedicate big part of my time to improving this community and offering as many things to it as possible.
Anyway, this is the end of the article. I just showed you what I made on Medium in 40 days compared to what I made on Steemit in a week. If you're reading this and you're not yet part of the Steemit community, please don't wait any longer and sign up right now.
There's a chance for you to fulfill your dream while creating the content you like and interacting with amazing people. Steemit offers you the chance to actually do something with your work, and I can't find any reason why you would spend time on other social media and blogging platforms.
I'll try to make updates like this in the future, compare Steemit with different websites, and show you guys what else I can get with this website.
I did not say this in any post yet, and I will in future posts, but since I'm here right now, I will take the opportunity to say - thank you to everyone who upvoted my posts, who got me closer and closer to achieving my dreams, to everyone who commented, to everyone who followed me and to everyone who even considered reading something I made. I promise I'll try to provide as much content as I can and invest as much time on the Steemit community as possible :)