As a disclaimer and to be fair, I do not think that the Partner Program is going anywhere. I am incredibly grateful to Medium for the opportunity to earn money blogging here, and all of the hard work that goes into this incredible platform.
This morning I happened to glance at the first line of a post in a Facebook group for Medium writers that made my stomach leap:
“Given that the Medium Partner Program may not be around for a long time…”
Upon reading through the rest of the post I was relieved to find that this was just speculation. But my initial reaction has been very telling of where I am personally with this source of income.
Am I relying too much on the Medium Partner Program?
I hope that all of us that write with the Partner Program ask ourselves the same question, or similar ones, to check ourselves from time to time.
What is your real purpose for being here?
Does the ability to earn money on this platform interfere with your ability to have pure intentions?
Are you too invested in the ability to earn money here to care?
I’m going to try to be really open about this. While I would love to be able to say that my entire intention here is to make a positive difference in peoples lives, that’s not accurate yet.
Unfortunately, this brings up the difficulty inherent in any sort of online business. Businesses solve problems. Medium, blogging, and any form of content creation online all solve problems.
But, to make a business grow, it takes a desire to do so.
And I highly doubt any one of us would say that we are wholeheartedly in it purely to solve problems. We want money. We need money to survive and thrive.
No matter what you or I do or say, we will always have that little part of us that is still in it for the money.
But this is actually a good thing that we can use to the advantage of helping other people. We can use this desire for money to grow our online writing businesses (which is really what the Partner Program is) to reach more people. Which will then let us help more people.
Somewhere deep down inside of each of us, underneath all that desire for money, we all really just want to help people.
And I believe that writing on Medium helps bring that out in each of us.
Not any one of us is perfect. We often fight each other and even ourselves because of this, but at the end of the day, we are all human. Living with this imperfection built into us. Teaching us every day how to be better.
Not one of us can entirely remove our desire for money, no matter how small. But neither can we remove the desire to help other people. They are, in this life, melded together as one.
Knowing this, can you even fathom what kind of astronomical miracle it is that we are all here on Medium getting along better (I think)than on most other social media platforms, writing and earning together?
That, to me, is a huge accomplishment. It speaks volumes to the value of this platform.
And it also speaks volumes to the power that we all have as creators together.
That’s why I wouldn’t panic if the Partner Program ended. Because we’ve already shown our mettle in the face of our imperfect, imbalanced desires. We’re a community of writers, all striving to accomplish great things together.
They say that your money is in your network. Well, I’m going to have to say that I have the highest quality network I’ve ever had in my life right here on Medium. You readers and writers make this all worth it for me, no matter how large or small the earnings are every month.
So what would I do if the Partner Program ended tomorrow?
I wouldn’t panic. I would instead rely on the strength of the giants that surround me here on Medium to help me move forward with my message to the world and my desire to make a full-time, work-at-home income as a blogger.
And I would do my very best to help them too.