200 Stories Deep

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Why do you write for Medium?

If you care, I started writing because I have a lot to say and I learned from Shelby Church, that I could make an income from my published stories. Strangely, I have not even published the stories I came here to write.

Publishing is intimidating and being vulnerable is scary. I’ve learned over the years that vulnerability costs more than I am willing to spend, but that has to change. Meaning, my perspective needs to change.

The losses I have experienced as a result of my vulnerability have been catastrophic, but if I continue to assume the same will happen in the future, I will lose even more.

I’ve been distracting myself with stories of other people. Stories of strangers fill my timeline and more than 400 of you have expressed enough interest to start following me.

It’s time I dig deeper.

Don’t get it twisted, I have not felt compelled to commit to one genre or niche as content creators like to say. I plan to keep writing about parenting, Parallel Parenting and co-parenting, but I might also write about trauma; I will write about my own trauma and the generational trauma that made me.

The thought of going there scares me. Does it even belong on Medium? Does anyone even give a shit?

Medium seems to be filled with writers trying to sell wannabe writers on their stupid writing tips. Like, we get it! You know how to write and you have a lot of followers, so now the most important thing in your life is writing about growing an audience.

But, what do people actually want to read about on Medium? Aside from building an audience?

Am I going to regret what I’m about to do? Am I going to expose myself for no reason?

Will it be worth it?

If you write about writing and building an audience, is that why you came to Medium? If not, why did you stop writing what inspired you to be here?

If you write about your life, has it been fruitful? Has it been worth it? Should I keep my stories to myself? Or should I let go?

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