My Highest Earning Story in February was about a Dead Writing Platform

Simily went silent and lost its way

Andy Spears


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Every month, I chronicle my writing journey here at Medium. This is a way to both keep track of what’s doing well for me on the platform and also to show other writers at least one example of what is (and isn’t) working.

This month, my top story was about Simily. This is a creative writing platform that once positioned itself as the “fiction-focused” alternative to Medium.

I wrote there for nearly a year before giving up after all the social platforms associated with it went silent AND they stopped adding features/updating the platform.

Here’s my top earning story from March about what I once hope could be the “Medium” of creative writing.

In fact, four of my top five stories this past month were about my journey writing on OTHER platforms.

Here’s a sample from NewsBreak:

I did have a non-writing story make the top 5.

This one was about a recent stay at a Sonder — a kind of hybrid between a hotel and an AirBnB — I loved it and here’s my review:

So, that’s my top 5 — writing about writing, writing about travel.

How were your earnings in February?



Andy Spears

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