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5 years later and I still feel this way

We talked about a lot this year …

I have amassed over 3,000 essays since I started at Medium, back in the fall of 2013, the same year writing was becoming a full time endeavor. Medium still had things called “Collections” and the editor of “Culture Club” was at the same event I was attending, and overheard me confess about the shitty corporate job, that finally forced me to OWN and ACTIVATE my status as a WRITER.

My editor not only became a friend, she also invited me to a newly-minted portal that was still in its infancy.

Five years later, and I’m still here!

It’s been quite a ride. The best was writing for free and being selected as “Noteworthy,” which was and still is the honor of validation that will never get old. The worst is getting paid to write and how that proved to be a challenging adjustment, despite the extra boost of cash.

The changes in 2018 have been unexpectedly treacherous, and just bloody weird, and while I get why only socially respectable icons can grace the illustrious “Featured” vertical — I can’t deny that the overall climate inspires nostalgia of “the way we were” in 2016.

But change is inevitable, and while I’m not onboard with most of the adjustments and revisions, I am loyal to Medium in a way that’s comfortably primal.

This isn’t the only thing in my writing career that feeds me, but the daily output fuels my other projects and that discipline has been a lifesaver.

So here are some of “my hits” from a rapidly fading and dramatic year.

But first, here are the two essays from Culture Club that started me off:

My first successful piece:

My first viral piece:


The one closest to my heart is a year old:

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