I Made 16cents On Medium Last Month

Here’s What I’m Doing About It

Harley Bell


by Harley Bell

I’m celebrating the small wins.

My meagre earnings would have embarrassed a younger version of myself. But there is power to be found by admitting the truth. It’s to do with the practice radical vulnerability. If I want to change my work ethic, first I need to be honest with myself.

I currently have 15 email subscribers and a sincere desire to improve.
I make about 16cents for each article and they take me hours to write.
I only wrote one article last month.

Here’s what I’m doing to improve my situation and grow as a writer.

I’m focusing on my habits

My bad habits have been with me longer than the good. Caffeine addiction. Sleeping in. Scrolling, screens and video games. Here’s the kicker. These habits are far harder to change than I thought.

But I’m making incremental improvements. The main thing I’m focusing on is increasing my personal energy. I’m introducing exercise to my diet. I’m switching from coffee to cups of tea in the afternoon. I’m drinking more water.

I’m also pushing myself to learn about productivity. But the most important thing is that I’m not beating myself up for not nailing it every day. I just try and do better the next day.

Encouraging myself

I’m enjoying the process of learning. I’m making progress. I’m complaining less, my friends will attest to this. I’m focusing on what’s within my control.

I’m giving less energy to my inner critic, my saboteur and my procrastinator. I’m starving them out and giving those resources to the part of me that gets shit done. Honestly, I feel like I haven’t seen him strong in years. It’s been a slow process building myself back up after my café business collapsed. But that’s a story for another time.

Right now, it feels fantastic to my working on my writing.

To keep myself positive, I’ve been reflecting at the end of every day. I…



Harley Bell

I write about writing, creativity and business. I'm currently working on a poetry book, titled Wild Altar. www.harleybellwriter.com