Our Facebook Medium Community Has Changed: Toxic Posting Practices and What to Do Instead
We can improve our social media morale!
This is a “hot-take” that not everyone is going to agree with. I am not a polarizing or controversial writer. In fact, I try to avoid rocking the boat. I admire those who can write in that style but it's not me. This piece is going to be in my own voice instead of my self-help kumbaya voice.
I feel bad because I don’t want to alienate anyone but I think some people are in need of a serious wake-up call.
I have been a member of Facebook Medium-related groups for a while. I’m kind of a lurker, only posting when I feel it to be necessary.
Since the pandemic began, I have noticed a shift in the attitude of some of our writers.
This isn’t about anyone in particular, but some people are not realizing the impact they are having on others by their online actions.
I don’t want our social media community to become toxic.
Let people have their moments of accomplishment!
The first thing I’ve noticed is negativity running rampant under the posts of new writers.
These negative musings can dampen a new writer's mojo quickly, and we don’t want people to leave Medium.
The more, the merrier!
This is a scenario I’ve seen a few times recently: A new writer posts about an achievement, such as getting curated or getting into a publication.
Instead of just being happy for the newbie and congratulating them, people post negative words about the publication, curation, or even Medium itself.
This isn’t about you. This is their moment. Zip your lips or offer congratulations.
If you are concerned about the direction their career is going or want to warn them about a publication: Message them privately.
Shitting all over someone’s moment openly is not cool. If you don’t care about taking the wind out of another writers’ sails, keep in mind that these posts make you look bitter as hell.
Making money is obviously awesome, but please stop asking for reads and claps
Another recent “trend” I’ve noticed on social media is people who only want to make money from Medium. They think the way to make a quick buck is to force their work onto others at inappropriate times.
That is fine, money is awesome and we need it to live. I’m pretty sure we all want to make some “chingle-chingle” for practicing our craft!
Most people are not going to clap for your piece just because you asked. Also, other writers are less inclined to read your work if it is forced upon them via a Facebook thread. Especially if someone posts a question or comment and you post your unrelated piece underneath said question.
Don’t piggyback off someone’s post: Make your own claim to fame! You can entice readers with an excellent title and picture.
I love it when people send me a message and ask me to read their work because they want an opinion or my help. Considering how new I am to Medium, it is very flattering.
I love to help other writers with whatever they need!
However, when someone is copying and pasting the same thing: “I read your article, check out mine? Clap for it?”. It starts to feel like an expectation instead of writers supporting one another.
I don’t know about you but I like my compliments to be sincere and not forced.
A final word
I love Medium and the Facebook groups associated with Medium.
In the recent past, this community was one of the most positive work environments I’ve ever been a part of.
I’ve met some really great people on Medium social media, some who will be lifelong long-distance friends.
Social media Medium groups should be about support, marketing, and positivity.
If you are disillusioned with Medium due to a lack of success, it is okay. It is normal to be frustrated with your job.
If you need to vent: Lurk the groups and find likeminded people to privately message or alternatively, post on a rant thread.
Be considerate of others and let them have their moment of happiness even if it didn’t work out for you.
Keep writing, stop focusing on stats, and enjoy the ride.
If you base this experience off of monetary success only, you will end up disappointed and bitter.
Choose positivity, encourage a new writer today, and let your talent and titles speak for themselves.
Amy Cottreau is a freelance writer who hails from a small city in Atlantic Canada. She enjoys interacting with fellow writers, dreaming of ideas for her next article, and researching a myriad of topics.