Medium Paying Pennies Per Read and Blaming Writers For Engaging Incorrectly is the New Low Bar

What game are we playing here?

Steffany Ritchie
3 min readNov 3, 2023
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

I’m tired and confused, like many of my writer brethren here. And I will say I had a decent month (for me) because I was boosted, so I know we are not all in the same boat.

But the payment rates as they stand on non-boosted stuff I worked just as hard on (if not harder) is enough to make a writer howl at the moon in frustration.

I just did the math, out of curiosity, on an article that by no means was a great success, but still. I couldn’t figure out why something with twenty-five reads had paid a dollar and change. Turns out that’s because Medium paid me five cents per read (I never claimed to be good at math!). My latest is averaging even less.

Maybe if I wrote everyday and hustled and scraped I could turn that into a medium sized latte, but still. I thought we weren’t supposed to do that now?

Are boosts paying better? Sure, and I am grateful to have received any. Honestly, without them I don’t know why I would bother writing here anymore when it comes to the money. It’s dire.

What twitched my nose to look at my stats, which are largely so depressing lately I don’t bother, was a combination of factors:



Steffany Ritchie

Hi, I write memoir, humor, music, and pop culture. American in Scotland.