Let’s Support Each Other on Medium

Mika Oka
4 min readApr 29, 2023

As writers on the Medium community, we all want to succeed and grow in our craft. And while we may feel like lone wolves at times, the truth is we need each other’s support to thrive. That’s why it’s so important to clap, comment, and offer feedback on each other’s work.

I used to be a one-clap wonder myself. I’d read an article, think it was pretty good, and give it a little tap. But as I started to engage more with the Medium community, I realized there was a whole world of clapping waiting for me. And let me tell you, max clapping is a rush. It’s like giving a virtual high-five to the author and saying, “Hey, great job!”

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But clapping is just the beginning. Leaving a comment is another way to show support for an author. It doesn’t have to be a long, detailed response. Sometimes a simple “Loved this!” or “Great job!” is all it takes to brighten someone’s day. And if you have more to say, offer some constructive feedback. Did a particular section of the article resonate with you? Let the author know. Did you have a question about something they wrote? Ask it! We’re all here to learn and grow, and feedback is essential to that process.

Private notes are another great way to give feedback. If you don’t want to leave a public comment, you can leave a private note for the author. Simply select the text you want to comment on, click the lock icon from the pop-up toolbar, and write your note. This is a great way to give more detailed feedback or ask a question without broadcasting it to the world.

And let’s not forget about highlighting. This feature allows you to highlight passages of an article that you found meaningful, funny, or thought-provoking. It’s a way to show the author that their work resonated with you, and it can also help you connect with like-minded writers in the Medium community.

Are you busy with life but still want to show some support to your fellow Medium-ites? Well, fear not! You can always use the listening feature. It’s perfect for those long articles that you just can’t find the time to read. You can even listen while doing other things, like tackling that dreaded pile of ironing. And if you’re struggling to fall asleep, why not use Medium as your bedtime audio story? Just click the “Listen” button and you’re good to go. And if you want to mix things up, you can even pick one of several AI voices available. Plus, if you’re in a rush, you can adjust the playback speed to get through the article in no time.

So, let’s all support each other as writers on the Medium community. Clap, comment, and offer feedback. And if you really don’t have anything nice to say, just say, “Dropping by to say hi.” It’s a polite way to acknowledge the author without spreading negativity.

Happy writing and listening everyone!

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Thank you for your understanding and support.

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Mika Oka

Sharing her unique perspective on the world as a hearing-impaired autistic person with bipolar disorder despite the challenges.