A year of Medium membership and the Partner Programme — has it been worth it?

Nick Barlow
4 min readJul 20, 2019

I had an email this week reminding me that my first year of Medium membrship was coming to an end, which prompted me to look back at some of my stats for the year. When I took out the membership, I did it with the intention that I was going to be posting more stuff on here through the Partner Programme and my income from that would cover the cost of membership.

Now, I know the two things aren’t connected and you can continue to write and publish here without signing up as a member, but I chose membership for two reasons. First, that there was enough on here that I wanted to read that it made sense to remove the paywall and second, if I was going to look to be part of this then it was only fair that I was doing my bit to contribute to those whose posts I was reading. For me, this is a little bit of fun on the side and a way to work out some of my thinking on issues, but for others it is how they’re making a living and so I could make a small contribution to that wider economy.

How’s it worked? Well, over the year I’ve made enough from readers (thank you all) to cover the amount I paid out for membership and have a little bit more on top of that. To be clear that’s a little bit more in the sense of paying for a takeaway or two, not covering my rent or putting a down payment on my first Ferrari. Given that my writing for the last year has been sporadic at best, that’s not too bad, and possibly motivation to write and publish more.

I’m not going to get into detailed discussion about the numbers, but most of my posts have got around the same number of readers and the occasional thumbs up from fans. One post was far and away the most read, liked, commented etc of all that I wrote

and I think that’s probably not due to anything Medium-related but because it got recommended and shared a lot amongst politicians and political science types. It’s a post that seems to get discovered every so often by someone new, which gives it another boost in the reading figures.

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Nick Barlow

Former academic and politician, now walking, cycling and working out what comes next. https://linktr.ee/nickbarlow