Finding Content to Post on Medium
In order to be successful on Medium, or any other writing platform for that matter, it is essential that you have quality content. Coming up with ideas for quality content can seem daunting, but there are some tips and strategies that can be employed to make the seemingly Herculean task easy and fun.
First, let’s start easy. You can rewrite and repurpose other content you have written. This could be in the form of old class work (consider updating and editing this work or at least put a disclaimer on it stating when it was written and that it was for a class) or content from elsewhere such as Quora or blogs (Again, consider rewriting and editing it or at least using disclaimers and links to the original works. There also may be some SEO concerns that you should research and be aware of before doing this.).
If you have content on websites or blogs that is only there temporarily, consider putting it on Medium after it leaves its current home. I plan on doing this with blog posts I wrote for my academic journal. The posts on my journal’s blog are only up for a short period of time, so after they come down I plan on posting them here with a note that they were published elsewhere along with a link to the site (since the post won’t be there anymore, it’ll just be a link to the home page). I will also edit my social media posts that shared my blog posts explaining that the posts are no longer available there and are now available here (linking here of course).
If you are reposting a post that previously appeared on another website or another blog, particularly ones that you don’t own or control, make sure you have any necessary permissions and licenses to repost the content. Also, include banners about where the content came from and, if it is necessary to say so, mention that you have the needed permissions to repost it.
Even though old content can be a good source of content, you shouldn’t rely too heavily on old content as that well will eventually run dry. Plus, it gets boring and stale. You should have fresh content unique to here. However, you can occasionally even find fresh and unpublished content among your own work (but even this well will run dry eventually).
Some of my content was originally written for other people’s blogs (contests, guest posts, freelancing, etc.) but was never published or accepted by them, so I took the opportunity to post my rejected work here (after taking the opportunity to edit it again of course). There may be licensing issues here, so be sure to read any contract or terms you have that may keep you from posting the work, but in general if they don’t publish it then you should be good (but double check anyway to be safe).
Also consider expanding upon Quora answers and similar types of content. The format of Quora can be limiting, so here you can expand and branch out to turn an answer into a full on post.
Additionally, you should view things such as news articles, Reddit posts, and Quora questions as writing prompts for you to draw inspiration from and to expand upon.
Draw inspiration from other people’s posts and blogs and write responses to them giving your take on the matter and clarifying or correcting anything you think was ambiguous or wrong. You can also summarize and comment on complex issues that people may not take the time to read all about (just be sure to properly quote and cite). Whatever you do, make sure you understand what plagiarism is. DO NOT steal content from others, merely draw inspiration from it. Make sure the final product is your own and that anything that isn’t your own is properly attributed to its creator.
Bottom line, creating content can be hard. But there are several strategies for generating ideas that can help you handle this task.