Writing My "Old-Lady" Dating Adventures Is Paying Off
Don't be afraid to explore new topics with your writing.
If you are a writer for Medium.com then you know the disappointment of throwing yourself into writing a piece and then it earns two bucks.
It happened to me recently with a piece that took me weeks to write and research on the topic of sleep, even using the advice of a sleep therapist I’d interviewed, only for the whopping 22-minute read to garner $2.45. As a professional wellness writer covering sleep topics on the regular…this was a huge flop for me.
Then, a Facebook friend commented on one of my posts. I’d complained about a dating thing. This isn’t unusual, I mean, I am nearly 50 and back in the dating world feeling much differently about myself than I did some 15 years ago when I last actively dated.
He said—this sounds like a great article.
So, I wrote the article.
How a Younger Man’s Rejection Has Renewed My Self-Confidence in Dating
And practically overnight, it blew up.
It’s been live for 7 days and here are the numbers:
The article was Boosted by Medium's new Boosting feature. It was published in Publishious which means there is an editor there that reviewed the piece and recommended it for Boosting. Nicole Akers reviewed my piece.
So, go take a look at the piece.
Plus…you’ll want to see this comment from a hater!
I read this in its entirety. So, so, so cringe. I cannot believe this woman is so gullible. This level of naivete at 50 is inexcusable. Does she really think the guy meant those things? Really? Does she TRULY believe the man who rejected her thought she was smoking hot? This is body dysmorphic disorder in reverse. There was no attraction there. She misread pretty much everything. He wasn't attracted to her, physically, but tried to force himself into it. And then he realized that she was just too unattractive physically. Men are extremely easy. They won't stop at anything as long as you are physically attractive.
You should see the 1K+ word response another reader wrote in reply. 😮
This article, aside from that bit of drama, and the dozens of supportive comments, helps you to see for yourself what the Boosting feature “likes.” I think authenticity, vulnerability, and the topic all played a role. It was well-written and right from the heart.
While you’re there…take a little time to highlight and comment—to give it a Boost of your own.
Note: There’s something I DIDN’T tell the readers of that article. A secret, if you will…and I am going to tell you.
That sexy younger man came back. 😉
(Stay tuned…this should get real interesting.)
Thanks for being a part of my journey,
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Someday, I will tell you about OWL. She's different than OWG. (I know this is cryptic but it will make sense soon.)
I need to talk to you!