All the evidence points to giving readers what they want.

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Rule number 1, for many, is a seductive photo (by Andre Sebastian on Unsplash)

I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve stumbled across an article about making money on Medium. They seem to be everywhere — even if you’re new to the platform you’ve probably read a few.

When I first joined Medium I wanted an outlet for my writing, and to discover brilliant writers I could learn from by immersing myself in their worlds. Initially I didn’t know about the Partner Program, but thought, why not? If I’m on here, and people read my stuff, I wouldn’t say no to some loose change.

Then I noticed an article or two claiming that…

When the seemingly simple is anything but.

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A young woman posing among blades of — I’m no longer sure what to call it. Photo by jonathan wilson rosas peña on Unsplash

Learning another language is an admirable goal, one that deep down most people share. But most of us make our way through adulthood doing little about it. For many, the reason is that it’s unlike many other forms of learning.

In addition to time and effort, it also requires a new way of thinking. I’m Welsh. I’ve written previously about my relationship with the Welsh language, and the obstacles I’ve faced learning it. But while each language has its own specific challenges, and we all learn in different ways, there are common themes that arise when learning any language.


To what end?

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A campaign poster for Yes Cymru

Yes Cymru, the grassroots organisation campaigning for Welsh independence, has had a good couple of weeks. In fact, they’ve had an exceptional couple of weeks. Having started this year with little more than two thousand members, they were up to 6,000 by the time I joined in August. On Sunday evening they hit their 10,000 target, and by Tuesday their numbers had already passed 13,000. To put this in context, if spread proportionately across the UK it would almost equate to the memberships of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties combined.

The problem is, the reason for this surge is…

Some thoughts on the Labour leadership

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Labour leader Keir Stamer, taken from here

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader until the beginning of this year, has been suspended from the party following comments made regarding a report by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

This piece isn’t about his suspension in particular, but about the direction of left within the Labour party, and the UK more generally. However this is a relevant and significant issue. The argument is ostensibly between those who believe Labour has a problem with anti-Semitism, and those who claim any problem has been exaggerated for political gain. …

Music, lockdown, and contemplating the meaning of life

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Manic Street Preachers front man James Dean Bradfield, taken from here

People Give In.

The title to the 2018 Manic Street Preachers release sometimes feels like it could have been written as a prophetic anthem for 2020. The pandemic has made all sorts of existing problems worse, while isolating us from loved ones and company more generally. Many of us have been left to wallow at a low ebb and sometimes it’s hard not to imagine the whole world feeling the same way.

During the lockdown, or what we’ll soon likely be referring to as the first lockdown, I found comfort in music more than usual. Almost all genres of entertainment…

Or are their blunders a fair gauge of their fitness for office?

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Priti Patel — not great with numbers. Image from here

The Tories have left themselves open to ridicule once again. This time Jonathan Van-Tam, the expert wheeled out during their daily Downing Street briefings, claimed that they’d announced quarantines for people returning from Wuhan back on February 30th. That’s the thirtieth. Of February.

Hilarious, right? And further evidence of Tory incompetency to add to the pile stacked so high by the likes of Priti Patel. For many of us on the left, this is the conclusion it’s so tempting to draw. …

Why the Tories’ latest message could be clearer than it first appears.

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Photo by Viktor Forgacs on Unsplash

Back at the beginning of January, the whole world knew of COVID-19 and it was becoming increasingly clear just how serious a disease it is. It was also when the UK’s Prime minister Boris Johnson skipped the first of five COBRA meetings to tackle the growing crisis.

I recently read a timeline of events relating to the UK’s handling of the disease. While it offered no new information for me, seeing each decision laid out chronologically, in tandem with breaking news and the actions of other governments, left me furious.

Back in February, a leaked government document predicted that half…

What it is, and why you should try it.

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Photo by Chris Benson on Unsplash

For anyone who isn’t familiar with the term, it’s exactly what it sounds like: the baby leads their own weaning experience. You make them more or less what you feed yourselves as adults, put it in front of them and see how they get on.

When it comes to raising a baby, new parents often tend to be paranoid, and I definitely fall into this category. And if there’s one subject sure to make any new parent worry more than most, it’s eating. Choking is a huge and real fear for adults, let alone infants, and the nervousness is completely…

Do you care, and what does it say about you if you don’t?

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Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash

Boris Johnson, the prime minister of the United Kingdom and the man charged with responsibility to lead the state’s defence against COVID-19, has been taken ill by the virus: he’s been in intensive care.

The media has rallied around him. Social media is full of support for the leader of the UK, asking us to #clapforboris just as we clapped for the heroes of the NHS. The sentiments being sent his way are overwhelmingly positive, because what sort of person wouldn’t wish him well?

There are dissenters, but they are quickly condemned. A few actively wish Johnson harm, while many…

Imagining life outside the shadow of a pandemic

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Photo by Ümit Bulut on Unsplash

I’m not someone who struggles for ideas of what to write about. Ordinarily, my problem is choosing a single idea from of the hundreds constantly pushing for seniority in my subconscious. But lately, when my fingers hover over the keyboard, nothing happens. No matter what subject makes its way to the fore, it seems trivial in the shadow of recent events.

COVID-19 is sweeping across the planet, and beginning its assault on my own community. It’s ever-present in the back of my mind, refusing to make way for any other thought. …

Y. Chwyldro

Politically Left, parent, Welsh. Writes about any combination of the three, and occasionally other subjects entirely.

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