My Medium Manifesto
I want all the work that I’ve done so far to matter. I want all the studying and schooling, and late nights with my nose in books, interests, passions, and conversations with amazing people to matter. I want to feel that I produce value. I want to value myself.
What finally tipped the scale in favor of publishing on Medium is that I realized I don’t value myself and I’d like to.
Every time I want to publish, I will have to stare down the thoughts of: “No one will want to read your writing Eilis,” “Someone is going to get really upset because you used commas incorrectly,” “You’re wrong. Some professor is going to see how you cite that research and will disgrace you in the comments section,” and “Your opinions aren’t as important as other people’s.”
Writing for Medium will be a practice in self-worth. It will take courage each time to disregard those thoughts and hit publish.
I think that every venture in life can be made a little stronger with a set of promises, promises for how I will conduct myself, promises that I can make to others so that they know what to expect from me, and promises I can hold myself accountable to when the going get’s tough.
So, every time I write an article and hit publish, I promise:
I promise that I will write from a union of my heart and my mind. Both intelligence and love will pour into my writing. It will have my creative spirit. It will be of quality. It will be something to make you think.
And I will not compromise. If I have an idea that is out of the box and takes courage to hit ‘Ready to publish,’ then gosh darn it, I will summon that courage, write that article, and press publish. Why? Because that is what Medium is all about.
And so Medium, I have to thank you.
Thank you Medium for being a publication that focuses on quality, not quantity. Thank you for requiring all photos to credit the creator. Thank you for not allowing calls to action, marketing, or click bait titles. Thank you for being a place that encourages creativity and original thinking.
Thank you Medium, because it is from reading your articles on love, relationships, and startups that I have discovered again my love for reading and writing, and adventuring with the written word.
My biases, perspectives, and beliefs
And now I will give you a little background on me, my beliefs, as well as my backpack of biases:
- Nothing I say is the truth. I don’t have the truth, know the truth, or spout the truth. Sometimes I pretend I know the truth, but that is a lie. This world is made up of millions and billions of perspectives. I only have one perspective. My writing is purely my perspective and an idea for you on how to look differently at a subject. I want you to feel empowered from my writing, not disempowered, so I suggest you use my ideas and writing as ways to enhance who you are and your own perspective.
- My Biases. You should know that I am white and I am a woman. I am a 20-something, going on 30-something. I have never experienced having to go without dinner because my family didn’t have enough money. I have experienced sexual assault. I have the luxury to choose my work and my life course and speak out when I feel something is unfair. There is a lot I don’t know about other people’s lived experienced. All of these things will color my writing and so it may not resonate with you and that is fine. I hope you find the writing that does.
- Connection. Connection is the most important thing in the world to me. If a day goes by and you haven’t felt connected to or seen by another human being at least once, that makes me sad.
- Sex. I went to school for a Masters of Education in Human Sexuality. It’s a long-winded title that means I am a trained sex ed teacher. I work with adults through an online course and a startup working to bring relationship health to the forefront of societal importance. At the core of things I believe in truly amazing sex and everything I write will be colored by this lens. I am a bit de-conditioned to typical societal weirdness talking about sex and I hope that by me writing with this lens, I will un-screw some wound-too-tight screws in people.
- Pleasure. Woah boy this is totally underrated. I don’t think enough people have enough pleasure in their lives. Imagine if all people actually had deeply pleasurable sex? There would be fewer accidents on the road and many more smiling faces walking down the street. More pleasure equals more happiness and less hate.
And so, I figured that the best, first article for me to publish here would be about me and my writing. If anyone ever has a question about why I write what I write, I can always refer them back to this — My Medium Manifesto.
I felt really empowered writing this. I hope that feeling came alive in you as well.