Why You Should Stop Publicly Discrediting Publications on Social Media

Don’t bite the hands that are feeding you!

If you have been on the Medium Facebook groups lately, you have probably noticed negative posts about publications not publishing a someone’s work quickly enough or (gasp!) not at all.

Honestly, when I look at who is posting these “observations”, it is writers that are new to Medium. Fair enough, they are new and curious, but even more disturbing? The people replying and discrediting these publications are also very new to Medium.

I’m serious, their profile usually says “Medium member since April 2020” new.

How can you comment on a workplace that you’ve only been at for one month? Especially when that workplace is not tangible, it’s an online machine.

One publication seems to be getting the brunt of these public lashings. I’m not going to say who it is but I write for them and yes they have published my work when I sent them an article.

There is an online legion of writers who say this publication is using people for followers by adding them as writers and not publishing their work.

This is possible, but when I look at their publication, there are many quality articles posted daily. As well, I have been published by them myself.

Now I’m going to be a bit harsh here and I swear I’m not an asshole: It is more likely that their editing team is not cohesive. For example: One “headhunter” editor thinks your work is good enough for their publication and asks to publish it. Unfortunately, when you submit that piece, the article isn’t appealing to the editor who reviews it: So they reject it and don’t bother getting back to you.

If they have a continuity issue with their editors, this should be investigated by the creator of the publication. However, this isn’t grounds for a witch hunt and calling this publication a scam.

Here’s another reality check:

  • Many publications do not get back to writers and it doesn’t mean it’s a scam.
  • Many publications will reject your work along the way and it doesn’t mean it’s a scam.
  • In the “non-Medium” writing world, it can take months for someone to get back to you regarding a submission. If three weeks of waiting bothers you, this may not be the career for you.
  • Encouraging fellow writers to pull their work from a publication, because you didn’t get published, is wrong.
  • Even if it is a scam: Going online and publicly bashing that publication only makes you look like you’re bitter because they didn’t publish your work.

When you’re new to a workplace, it pays off to be humble and stay neutral. Melissa Bee is an excellent example of how someone new should conduct themselves online. She (like myself) just started on Medium last year and is now a modulator of one of the biggest Facebook groups for Medium employees, called “Medium Writers”.

Other writers of note who interact and engage properly online: Stephen Dalton, Sujani Hansanali, and Jezebel.

If you need a role model in online decorum, these writers are the bomb.com.

I am certain that editors of some Medium publications are members of these Facebook groups, so we should be careful about what we say online.

There have been rumors flying for months that the curators are also members of these groups.

It’s a Facebook group for Medium, they have every right to be a part of our online community.

Hypothetically, I would feel very bad if I openly trashed a publication someone worked hard on, got people to pull their work from said publication, and the things that I’ve said are not true.

I write for 15 publications, have been curated more often than not, and have had my work mentioned on a productivity podcast. All of this happened to me in a very short period of time (seven months?). I am grateful for every opportunity I am given. It pays to be humble and grateful for any opportunity: Big or small.

Sometimes I think it is all a dream, to be honest. I have never been good at anything except weight-lifting and giving advice. Ha.

What do you do if you feel you have been slighted by a publication?

If you are unhappy with a publication: Move on. You can even pull yourself as a writer, and block the editors. If you feel a grave injustice has been done to you, write Medium support or vent to a trusted friend.

I know people feel like they are helping a fellow writer when they set off a Facebook alarm about a publication, but in actuality, you may be alienating yourself from the editors of other Medium publications.

I think I would be very wary to trust someone who publicly bashed another publication on Facebook. If they would do it to them, would they do it to me?

Watch other Medium members you admire and how they conduct themselves online.

Learn from your role models and don’t get caught up in the negativity on social media.

If you are guilty of bashing someone from Medium online, I would wipe the slate clean by deleting any negative comments you have made on social media about Medium and start fresh with a new outlook.

There’s only something wrong with making a mistake when you refuse to acknowledge and correct it.

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 missing person cases.

Wife, mother, and researcher of a myriad of subjects. I love to write about anything and everything! Writer for The Startup, Better Marketing, & The Ascent👊

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