Instead of paying based on claps as the main signal, we will now reward stories primarily based on reading time, which we’ve seen to be a closer measure of quality and resonance with readers. To increase transparency and provide richer insight to our writers, we will also introduce new stats…
This is such a relief. (Now I understand what Medium’s Customer Service messages meant about the change in payment.) I have watched at least five stories (off the top of my head) get hundreds/thousands of page views and read-throughs, only to make way less than a post I wrote that got less than 100 views and less than 10 claps. I still can’t wrap my mind around it.
I can totally honor that Medium doesn’t want to pay writers for clickbait. If I write something that sucks and people click out of it immediately, I should not be paid for it. But if you’re reading it from beginning to end, I at least kept your attention long enough to want to know my thoughts on the ordeal. This more closely aligns with the five posts that I scratch my head about for making less while less-challenging and way less-researched posts make more. THANK YOU!