I came to Medium 3 years ago with an edge.
A literary agent liked my proposal but asked where my audience was. It was a bit more insulting than that, but I saw Medium as an opportunity to build an audience, with an eventual plan to leave the platform, for bookshelves.
3 years and hundreds of pieces later, I’m still here, writing for the fun of it, the fulfillment of it, and now, totally for me.
Independent of performance, here are my favorite and most important original pieces on Medium.
If I gave you $1,000 today, what would you invest it in to turn it into $2,000 by 2030?
This isn’t a cheesy social-media meme with an eventual punchline informing you that the dollars represent the seconds in a day, so make them count.
No, this is straight 2x talk.
With 46 million Americans holding Bitcoin, an asset up 288.56% year over year (Coinbase, 05/31/2021, 3:17 pm) a default answer might be digital gold, Bitcoin.
Shark Tank’s Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O’Leary, would advise against that though.
On episode 563 of the Pomp Podcast O’Leary shared with host Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano…
As the figures continue to pour in from what is expected to be the best performing Dry January in history, in terms of individual participants and non-alcoholic beverage sales, many are asking what comes next for this emerging category.
For Dry January participants, some, the Sober Tourists, a term coined by Tawny Lara to describe those who use Dry January to “try on sobriety”, will most likely return to drinking, mindfully. …
Mike Winkelmann is among the top three most valuable living artists in the world and you’ve never heard of him. Better know as Beeple, Winkelmann is the artist behind “Everydays: The First 5000 Days” the first purely digital artwork ever offered at auction by Christie’s.
The artwork sold for $69,346,250.
The collage by Beeple is composed of 5,000 original ‘Everdays’, digital works that Beeple has been creating each day for the past 13 ½ years, since his first on May 1st, 2007, a picture of his Uncle Jim, who he nicknamed Uber Jay.
The Exploding Head emoji, as it is known, is defined as A yellow face with an open mouth, the top of its head exploding in the shape of a brain-like mushroom cloud. A visual form of the expression mind blown, it may represent such emotions as shock, awe, amazement, and disbelief.
^This is what happens to me when I listen to these podcast episodes.
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The first time Americans were asked to reduce their meat consumption was during World War I. With the help of soon-to-be president Herbert Hoover, the U.S. Food Administration coined a slogan: Food will win the war. It was an effort to care for struggling Allies and nourish U.S. soldiers overseas that included asking Americans to cut back on their fat, sugar, wheat, and meat consumption through Meatless Tuesdays and Wheatless Wednesdays.
The campaign returned during World War II when Presidents Roosevelt and Truman were called upon to help feed a war-torn Europe. …
When I joined my first start-up in the spring of 2016, I didn’t know what a lead was. I had been a sports captain before, what is short for that? My friend’s LinkedIn profile read “Product Lead”, was it a position?
I quickly learned that a lead is a person or business that has expressed interest in a brand’s products or services. A lead is a potential customer.
Next came the question of where leads come from.
The answer to that won’t fit in a blog. It’s a course, or better a masterclass, requiring contributions from hundreds of industry professionals.
Today, a viewer simply doesn't need to watch commercials. Online environments provide viewers the ability to skip after 3–5 seconds. Live TV is abandoned during commercials as viewers opt for endless social media scrolling, and commercials during recorded broadcasts are fast-forwarded through.
That’s what makes these 4 commercials from Amazon, Nike, Apple, and Model stand out so much.
In unique ways, each commercial is effective in engendering a motivation to be better in the viewer, as well as allowing the viewer to arrive at that state themselves.
The most inspiring way to convey a vision is to outsource it…
Lil Nas X woke up on Monday, April 5th to find out that his latest release, “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” had reached the number 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100.
The next day, on April 6th, he found out that the song was featured in a porn film.
A week prior, he was dragging right-wing mascot Candace Owens, gun girl Kaitlin Bennett, Grammy-Nominated Joyner Lucas, NBA player Nick Young, and a full roster of conservatives across Twitter, all of whom upset that he gave Satan a lap dance.
Well shit, that’s not even what this article is about.
Social media is a sea of passive interactions. Sure the big numbers are nice but they don’t always correlate into revenue. Think about it, it costs nothing to have a social media account, and a tap on a screen to “like” a photo or video is not a worthy measurement of, well anything.
Confusing strong social media as a strong business is foolish and dangerous.
Any business model relying on an algorithm they have no control over, managed by a private company allowing you to monetize their platform without compensation is risky.