32 likes and 6 responses are unusually high numbers for me. I write positive, uplifting articles and I’m lucky to get 3 likes and maybe one response. I write a negative, bitchy response like this one and I get 10 times my usual numbers. That sucks. Why do negative, bitchy responses get 10 times the response that positive, uplifting articles get? It’s one of the things I don’t like about Medium. I was ready to delete this response until I saw the huge (huge for me) responses I was getting. Is this the only way people will click on an article or response? Is negative energy what Medium users respond to? Are complaints more attractive to Medium readers than words of encouragement and upliftment? Is my complaint with Medium or Medium users? What does this say about me and what does this say about Medium readers? It is profoundly discouraging.

Earthling — Lifelong novelist & essayist — https://whitefeather.substack.com/

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store