For fun and the sake of experimentation, I’ve been blogging at Medium. After a mere hour, someone had helpfully told me this was a huge mistake because I don’t own the platform. Wow! Thanks for the advice, who knew? Another told me I was giving web traffic to a liberal-owned website. Great, go build a platform like Medium that I can use.
As usual please do not give me advice on blogging, writing online, or building a platform.
Don’t even ask questions, because it’s a waste of my time. Unless you are writing and publishing every day, there is nothing for me to tell you. You don’t want to be a writer. You want to think of yourself as a writer. There’s a huge difference.
Like Ronnie Coleman said, “Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but nobody wants to lift no heavy-ass weights.”
The life of a writer is to write every day in obscurity….for years. If you’re lucky, you’ll “break through” in three years. It took me 15 years to earn a full-time living from writing. Today it’s easy street, but factor in opportunity cost and you’d wonder why the hell anyone gets into this game.
Becoming a writer is actually the stupidest thing you can do. Writing means selling, because books don’t move on their own. If you can sell books, you can sell anything. There are fewer readers each year and more books published each year. It’s a shrinking market with increased supply.
I earn $6 a copy of Gorilla Mindset. I’d earn thousands per units sold of financial instruments or real estate. This is also why it’s stupid when people claim I “joined” some marginal movement for a profile. Those idiots have no clue how any of this stuff works.
But I love writing and wouldn’t chose any other profession.
Writing is a mental illness. Writers can’t not write.
Here are some Medium.com/@cernovich exclusives:
- Pesos for Play: How Carlos Slim Turned the NY Times into his Private Blog
- Fake News and the “Hacking” Attempt on Ben Sasse
- Medium is the Best Publishing Platform Ever (But…)
Here is a handy way to keep track of what’s new in Cernoland.