My NewsBreak and Medium Earnings Were the Same in September

Good news, bad news

Andy Spears


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Writing is what I do.

It’s what I do in my “day” job for clients who need content — for blogs, media pieces, reports, etc.

It’s what I do in the classes I teach — I write prompts and assignments and critiques and feedback.

And it is what I do here on Medium and elsewhere.

It can be great therapy. It can help supplement my income.

I write a lot here at Medium on a range of topics. I also write at Substack on education policy and consumer finance.

And I write at NewsBreak.

Typically, my earnings at NewsBreak eclipse all my other earnings.

Not last month, though.

Instead, September saw my Medium earnings match my NewsBreak earnings.

This happened for two reasons:

  1. My NewsBreak earnings went down a bit
  2. My Medium earnings continue to go up

I’m actually heartened by the Medium numbers. Here, I get to share some personal experiences and now (finally) can earn some writing income from it.

On NewsBreak, it is just news.

Here’s what I mean.

My top-earning NewsBreak story in September was this one:

By contrast, my top-earning Medium story in September was this one:

Two very different types of writing.

Honestly, I like both.

But until now, I was very tempted to focus more time and attention on NewsBreak because it was far more remunerative.



Andy Spears

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