Keeping up a blog can be hard. More complicated than many might think when they first sign up here. Especially if you are doing it as a side hustle, you've got to want to make time to write, and sometimes that can get tiring for some people.

And if you found the time to start writing and posting more regularly, and time after time, you see your work barely getting any reads, well. That can be one of the most discouraging things ever. And make it harder to continue with it as well. Some maybe haven't quit writing altogether, just maybe went to other platforms where they may hope to get more readers.

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It's funny because I was thinking about how reading and commenting can help you find ideas to write about. I was stuck coming up with a topic to write about, so I just read more articles today than I usually do. And I already have two ideas for topics I didn't have before.

I already felt it impacted my follower count growing, as I picked up several followers from my comments before publishing my first story. It seems that engagement is key to succeeding on Medium in a few ways. And being authentic about it, too, of course.

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I ditched Chrome over two years ago. I don't use Safari either. I have a Mac, so I've never had to deal with Edge. (Though yes, I had a PC at one point and dealt with the trials of Internet Explorer).

I use Brave and haven't looked back.

I get those banner messages about using Chrome or Safari on my phone more than on my desktop or laptop. Especially when using the YouTube or Google Maps apps. (Because I've yet to find a better maps app to use sadly).

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Someone else on TikTok made an observation when talking about this subject as well that hit it well: many non-black people actually have no idea what chattel slavery is. It's like we as black people are speaking a foreign language when we talk about the trans-Atlantic slave trade and life under chattel slavery.

And anyone who says the United States abolished slavery quickly really has no idea what they are talking about. Or any real sense of US history, and the legacy of chattel slavery's effect on it.

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You can have Ko-Fi tips paid out via Stripe. That is how I have my tip feature set up.

Stripe set up a separate payment profile for me for any funds I receive via Ko-Fi. So I just switch between my Medium set-up and my Ko-Fi set-up on Stripe to view the funds I get from each.

So yeah, you still have all your funds coming to one place, but you can at least differentiate where they come from.

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Sirena K. Green

Rediscovering a life for myself after ten years devoted to another. Essays | Commentaries | Reviews & critiques | Referral Link: https://tiny.one/ycxc35rx