How Getting Personal Helped Me Get Paid on Medium

A happy report on April earnings

Andy Spears
2 min readMay 1


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April was my best month in terms of earnings on Medium since July of 2022.

Every month, I tell the tale of the top 5 earning stories.

I tend to write about consumer issues or education policy or sometimes, some short fiction.

But in April, I took a new turn. I started writing more personal stories about my journey with alcohol.

This serves two purposes:

  1. It’s a bit of a journal for me, reminding me of where I was — and where I don’t want to go back to.
  2. I’m hopeful that reading about this journey is helpful to others facing similar struggles.

A funny thing happened as I began to open up here on Medium.

People started reading. And responding.

The engagement has been strong — and it has even meant more reads for some of my non-recovery stories.

While it is nice to earn a bit of money here on Medium, I love the site because I can write what I want and build connections with other writers.

It is nice, though, to find a thread of writing that earns both views and income — and has the added bonus of introducing me to new friends.

With all of that said, here’s my top earning story from April:

It’s a story about my earlier days of recovery — and one trick I still use to help keep me sober.

Of course, publishing in a publication focused on sobriety also helped, I’m sure.

My number two story was about writing — and writing on NewsBreak, specifically. Stories about writing (and making money writing) seem to always earn some money.



Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .