Also, while I’m maybe not one to speak, given I get curated often enough, and I appreciate it, curation is NOT the be-all end all as much as some of us think.

When Medium stresses using your own distribution networks, they aren’t just being polite. That can really work.

My biggest ever article on Medium in terms of readers wasn’t curated.

Conversely, my article from yesterday got curated in five topics, a first for me. And nobody is reading it.

Probably my fault. I think I must have given it a boring title. I’m a big nerd, and sometimes I forget other people aren’t.

Last month, one of my top ten paying articles wasn’t curated. That’s not the rule, of course, but it happens sometimes.

My point here is not to dismiss curation or disagree with your article, which I think is right on the money.

I’m just saying that people really can leverage alternative distribution. I’ve spent the better part of a year building strong promotion networks on Facebook and Twitter, and they’re beginning to pay off for me.

We all have lots of ways to promote our stories. Sometimes curation isn’t the only answer.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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