My Medium Meltdown: How I Made $10 for Not Writing and Other Hilarious Misadventures

A cautionary tale of writerly woe, sprinkled with unexpected bursts of cash and a dash of existential angst.

Brandt Amelia
3 min readApr 1, 2024
Photo by Adrian Swancar on Unsplash

Ah, Medium. The promised land for writers, the haven for the creative soul, the…well, you get the picture. I, Brandt Amelia, writer extraordinaire (or so I tell myself), embarked on my Medium journey with stars in my eyes and a thesaurus in my pocket. I envisioned my words flowing effortlessly, captivating readers, and generating a cool side income. What could possibly go wrong?

Turns out, quite a lot.

My initial foray into the Medium-sphere was, shall we say, underwhelming. My first article, a heartfelt piece about the existential angst of houseplants, garnered a grand total of three views (two of which were probably my mom). My second, a humorous listicle about the perils of wearing mismatched socks, did slightly better, but still left me feeling like a literary nobody.

But then, a miracle happened.

One glorious morning, I logged into my Medium account to find a notification: I had earned $10! For what, you ask? Apparently, someone had stumbled upon my houseplant article and deemed it worthy of a “clap” (which, in Medium…