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Snafu resolved, feel free to comment

When I switched my newsletter platform to Ghost from Substack, I forgot to turn on comments. Well, they were on, but only for paid subscribers. That is fixed.

Good thing, too, if I have any GenZ readers. Because according to BusinessInsider, GenZ often readers go directly to the comments, and don't even bother reading the main article. They just want to know what their peers are saying about an article or story they read. Google's Jigsaw subsidiary did some research by interviewing 13-24 year olds:

Jigsaw's findings offer a revealing glimpse into the digital mindset of Gen Z. Where older generations are out there struggling to fact-check information and cite sources, Gen Zers don't even bother. They just read the headlines and then speed-scroll to the comments, to see what everyone else says.
They're outsourcing the determination of truth and importance to like-minded, trusted influencers. And if an article's too long, they just skip it. They don't want to see stuff that might force them to think too hard, or that upsets them emotionally. If they have a goal, Jigsaw found, it's to learn what they need to know to remain cool and conversant in their chosen social groups.

The article doesn't say how the other commenters, especially the very first one, gets their information.

Anyhoo, comments are now turned on here on Ruminato, for GenZ and everyone else, for all subscribers.

Check out this place on Medium for getting book reviews

The Medium platform costs $5 per month or $50 per year. I'm up to about 3,100 followers there now, and I consider it an important tool in my efforts to be heard as a writer.

Medium writer Katharine Valentino now has another reason to join. It's her "Book Reviews for Featured Books" feature:

Book Reviews for Featured Books – Medium
Medium authors with featured books list their books here. Medium readers select these books to read and review.

The reviews are available outside of the Medium paywall, but you must be a member of Medium's Partner Program to participate. This means you must be a writer for Medium who gets paid by Medium for writing for them, which is everybody who writes for them.

If you're a writer and you're not familiar with Medium, it works like this: You sign up for the Partner Program. There is no added cost. If you're a Medium subscriber, you're automatically a writer once you sign up, where you then hook up a bank account with Stripe. This payment service allows Medium to send money directly into your bank account.

Medium pays per page view and engagement. For example, if your view has 1,000 views and 100 comments, you'll make a little more than if it has zero comments. Yay, GenZ!

There is also a bonus program called Boost. This curated program allows various Medium publication editors to nominate your articles for a "Boost," which can result in as much as a 400% earnings increase. It's basically: "I really liked this article. I'm going to nominate it for a Boost." Then curators either say yes or no to the nomination. My recent short story, "Thirty Minutes," which also appeared here on Ruminato, recently received a Boost.

Once upon a time, Medium paid writers like me for luring people like you to Medium. They stopped that program, so (sadly) I don't get any referral money if you sign up.

I'll write more about Medium in a future post, but meanwhile, just know that "Book Reviews for Featured Books" is a new feature that works like this:

If you're a Medium writer who has published a book, you sign up to have your book included. You agree, as part of the process, to review at least one book.

I have two books there, Psalm of Vampires and MagicLand. I've reviewed two books there, most recently The New Empire, by Alison McBain:

Review of ‘The New Empire’ by Alison McBain
A psychological tale of fear in an alternative North America

Honestly, "Book Reviews for Featured Books" has been a little slow taking off. But she's working hard on it, and this kind of thing can take time to get real traction. The list of books up for review has grown a lot in just the last couple of weeks. So this is the time to get in on it, in my opinion, before it explodes and your book ends up in a list of noise.

The most daunting aspect of joining a platform is starting with zero followers. How the heck do you get to 3,000 and more on Medium?

I'll be writing about that soon, too.

Have a great day!

~ Charles