What I’ve Discovered After 26 Days of Writing on Medium

Helen Redfern
3 min readApr 25, 2022

I’m twenty-six days into my 30 articles in 30 days project so I thought I’d share how I’m getting on.

A coffee keeps me company whilst I write my Medium articles. Image by Helen Redfern.

There are six days left (including this one) in the month of April. My thirty days are from April 1st to April 30th.

I have ten articles left to write (this one, when finished, will take me to nine).

Originally, I was going to write every single day. But it was 10.30pm on Good Friday, after a day spent preparing food and the house for guests on Easter Saturday, when I realised I’d forgotten to write my article for the day. I was gutted.

Yes, I was going to write every day but, sometimes, life gets in the way. We have to be prepared for that. Otherwise we’re just set to fail.

Missing a few days here or there is not the end of the world. I still intend to write 30 articles in 30 days.

I set myself this challenge because I wanted to immerse myself into Medium. The platform intimidated and overwhelmed me. I figured the best way of getting over that was to fully throw myself into writing articles. To dive straight into the deep end. An all or nothing approach.

My aim was never to go viral or to earn more money. But part way into the project I found I was becoming obsessed by my stats. This realisation prompted an article and a step back from the analytical side.

Instead I started to read more on Medium. I followed more people and publications, plucked up the courage to interact and tried to get away from the articles Medium automatically pushed at newbies (like the gaining 100 followers ones).

I think it only took me a couple of weeks to stop being so intimidated. I came to the happy conclusion that this was

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Helen Redfern

Notebook addict, writer and mentor. Helping creatives struggling with confidence around their writing and creativity. helenredfernwriter.com