If I had a dollar for every money-making advice column recommended to me on my Medium homepage, I wouldn’t need your stinkin’ advice anymore.
Perhaps Medium’s greatest strength is its collection of people willing to help others out. Well, help others while also helping themselves. Let’s be honest: we know you’re writing because it will attract readers and not because you’re some sort of financial guru that is fueled by helping others and nothing more.
Don’t get me wrong: there is no shame in leveraging your experience into clicks (and therefore, dollars). I do it as often as I can.
But please, for the love of God, stop writing about your side-gigs.
I’m sure there are plenty of people getting use out of these articles, but the advice is no longer unique. Passive income is the key to financial freedom — we get it. Your 5–9 job is more important than your 9–5 — we know. Find a new slant.
As someone that has become fascinated by happiness and what it means for other people, I consume a lot of fulfillment-related articles. Medium is a great place to find this type of content. There are plenty of personal wellness stories on this platform that are truly inspiring.
But there are just as many copy-and-paste financial advice stories, telling readers how they are missing out on money by not doing this or that, that dilute the message on a daily basis.
We got it. Please find something else to talk about.
Maybe it’s just me. I used to be someone that consumed this type of content, desperately searching for a way to get out of my day job and spend my days doing what I loved while living off of my passive income.
As time has gone on, however, I have started focusing on creating less rather than making more.
Society harps on gaining social status by improving your income constantly, but never promotes the idea of living simply. People get wrapped up in the idea of making more to improve their lifestyles so much but never think of paring down how they live and focusing on the one thing more valuable than money: time.
The advice in the columns I am hating on is mostly correct. There are clear-cut, proven ways to make more money through passive income streams or learning certain skills that allow you to get a better job.
There is just way too much of the same advice out there. Stop writing about it.
On the flip side, the response to these types of articles will soon become just as annoying (yes, I’m being a hypocrite here). While I enjoy reading about and discussing minimalism, there is only so much to be said about it. If you don’t have some thrilling story on how it changed your life, keep it to yourself. We understand how it works.
Again, thank you for trying to help everyone become richer. But your advice probably isn’t unique. And also, money isn’t the be-all, end-all. Maybe try thinking about that for a change.