How I Made My First Penny on Medium

Photo by Josh Appel on Unsplash

I’d love to start this by saying this title is a joke, and I really meant “my first hundred dollars!”

But I can’t. The first month I published anything on Medium, I made one cent.

That’s not very much.

Obviously! I did it by baring my soul and writing my heart out about things that mattered, at least to me. It mattered to one other person, and I’m grateful. It encouraged me to know someone cared enough about my words to clap for me!

Money is not my goal, but it sure would be nice to make some!

A penny is a penny, and I’m no quitter, so I kept writing (and reading the greats, like Shaunta Grimes and Benjamin Hardy, PhD), and hoping that the process would lead to a little bit more to show for all my hard work!

I write because I have something to say.

Here are a couple of the things I’ve written.

It’s a good thing I don’t write for money since I’m not making any. I write for the sheer joy of putting my pen to paper and my fingertips to the keyboard. I write to share the hope I’ve found. I write to redeem my past, and to show that the struggle isn’t all in vain. I write because it’s in me to write, and I believe I have something to say and people who need to hear it!

But a penny?

The next month, I made sixteen times more than that. I’m really moving up in the world, because the last figures showed a whopping .38 cents! At this rate, it’s going to take me AN ENTIRE YEAR to make over a hundred dollars a month on Medium.

Just wanted to get that off my chest.

Which reminds me, my stepdaughter told me that my boobs weren’t very big. I always thought they were a decent size. Apparently, the bar’s been raised since the last time I checked. If my writing was just a little bit more lucrative, I could get a boob job!

Photo by Pablo Heimplatz on Unsplash

People don’t say “boob job” anymore, I guess.

If I could make just a little more money on Medium, maybe I could get a breast augmentation. I don’t think I’m even going to be able to buy a padded bra if I keep on like this.

I’m open to suggestions.

The reality is that I’m not going to stop writing whether I make any money or not. I’ve been writing since I was a little girl, and that’s several decades ago! Small boobs or not, I’m going to keep pounding away on my keyboard. Maybe someone else is facing the same struggle or dealing with frustration and smallish boobs. Rest assured — I’m writing for you!

I’m hoping to make a whole dollar this month.

Wish me luck!

Here’s a link to my blog so you can get to know me!

I’m an artist and a writer. I believe in God, family, hard work, and community. I try to use my gifts to reach out, encourage, motivate, and to let people like me know they aren’t alone in this broken world.

All photos, unless otherwise credited, are my personal property and I am the photographer.

I write about recovery, life, grief, personal responsibility, social issues, and overcoming. Email:, Blog:

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