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Work to learn not to make money.

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Starting a personal blog is a long commute to a casino, one that might not be in your best interest if you’re an aspiring writer. Most of your stories won’t ever get more than a few random views. Most blogs never get any traffic, and you’ll probably miss the early-stage social feedback.

I’m a full-time writer. I’ve published 300+ articles before starting a personal blog, and I’m still not convinced I really need one for now. Next year maybe, but for now, it’s more of a testing ground.

Here’s why, and how to jumpstart your writing career.

Most writers think they know what readers want to read.

You can’t think your way into the reader’s mind. …


Opinion.

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Alphabet, Netflix, and AT&T are currently the largest Media companies, according to Investopedia and Statista.

You might notice a trend of show host anchors talking against the media. Ben Shapiro and similar media personalities love to dwell on how they’re against mass media while being part of the most massive media industry on the planet.

Alphabet — Google’s parent company — makes 5x more from the Media industry than Facebook does with its 2 billion+ user base. Facebook turns each user into a personal publishing house, even more than Google, but has to jump more regulatory hoops in doing so.

Video content and broadcasting is the largest aspect of the Media industry today, but that might change in the near future. …


Weekly Progress Report

Editing process update.

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The Mad App Overview / Good Annotations

Tuesday report is a weekly roundup of significant improvements, future milestones, and fresh ideas.

What’s up with the orange megaphone:

  • Editing process update

We’re in December, officially.

The time has lost any meaning this year.

2020 will go down in history as a year when the world changed again. Millions pivoted on their jobs. Millions lost their lives. And the sense of reality slowly faded into different sets of normal.

The internet is a different beast now.

You’re a different beast now too.

Editing process update

If you haven’t yet, read Pamela Hazelton’s story on rejections.

Not every rejection is final. We’re tweaking the editing process to publish good stories effectively. …


Weekly Progress Report

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Tuesday report is a weekly roundup of significant improvements, future milestones, and fresh ideas.

What’s up with the orange megaphone:

  • Official London address

Mad Legal Entity

2 Minute Madness is getting its official legal entity.

What started as a Medium publication will soon have a London address. How soon, you might ask? Maybe as soon as this week. We’re in the process of renting the office space and registering the company with the authorities.

The legal entity gives us more flexibility with new projects, optimizing payrolls, seeking new funds, and all that legal stuff that makes the world go round. …


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I work 7 days a week, which translates to over 100h of sitting behind a computer.

I clock-in my triple-digit hours while getting 7h of sleep, traveling every other week, and goofing around with my friends and girlfriend. I’m happy, even with the global apocalypse playing in the background.

Procrastination is my biggest enemy and my best friend.

Little procrastination is excellent for creative flow.

Random ideas can connect into a-ha moments while you’re on your couch, trying to postpone your next task for just another 15 minutes. Maybe your million-dollar idea is right there, sitting comfortably in that procrastination zone. …


Weekly Progress Report

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Mad Authors on Etsy

Tuesday report is a weekly roundup of significant improvements, future milestones, and fresh ideas.

What’s up with the orange megaphone:

  • Better quality each week.

How to create less friction for the reader

Internet publications have more than one mission.

First, we’re steadily raising the bar with each new story. Pamela Hazelton does a beautiful job of calling out irregularities, plagiarism, and overall questionable writing. Every writer has an extended opportunity to learn and develop their skills.

Second, we’re trying to decrease friction for the reader.

Your message, experience, and story matter more than the medium of delivery. Internet places come and go, but stories and lessons stay. …


If you write under 200 words, it fits in the preview.

I’m a bit late to the ball, but I still enjoy the music.

Medium is an ever-changing platform.

You’ll have a hard time if you’re here to exercise high-school writing lessons. Language, internet, and social interactions are dynamic and constantly changing.

Medium is playing ball with all of it, often trying to predict the next public discourse format.

Enter preview stories on your new profile.

If your story is under 200 words, readers can read it from your profile.

Here’s why that’s exciting:

  • Build a portfolio of your best stories and pin it on top of your profile.

And don’t worry, Medium still pays for paid member reading time.


Weekly Progress Report

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Good Annotations and Mad Authors

Tuesday report is a weekly roundup of significant improvements, future milestones, and fresh ideas.

What’s up with the orange megaphone:

  • You survived yet another global disaster.

The outrage and upheaval will pass

If you’ve been distracted this past week, and couldn’t quite figure out what’s going on with the world, then welcome aboard.

This is the USS New Normal.

If you’re exhausted, tired, and frustrated, we get it.

You’re living in times of upheaval and outrage. Hopefully, the US election will pass like every election before this one. The pandemic will turn into a nasty memory soon. And you’ll get back to business as usual. …


Weekly Progress Report

Another milestone for 2 Minute Madness.

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Tuesday report is a weekly roundup of significant improvements, future milestones, and fresh ideas.

What’s up with the orange megaphone:

  • 1,000 True Followers.

Some stories are better in 480 words, and we’re here to tell them.

We’re about to reach 1,000 followers on Medium.

Most people would not even consider it a newsworthy number of followers. Many wouldn’t even bother reporting it as a milestone. I have 4x more people following my profile here.

However, 2 Minute Madness never set out to become a publication for most people.

We’re slowly but surely developing a category for readers and writers. Individuals that want to learn, write, and develop skills with 2-minute reads can find us on Medium and join our collective effort to become better writers, fantastic friends, marketers, innovators, and high achievers. …

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