How Do You Decide How Many Claps an Article Receives?

Is one clap good enough?

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“There are two things people want more than sex and money… recognition and praise.” ~Mary Kay Ash

I’m not ungrateful, I’m truly not. I’m simply trying to understand how a reader on Medium decides how many claps an article receives.

My writing coach and I were discussing this very topic during my last call. It appears to be a source of frustration for her as well.

We both commented that articles we spent hours thinking about, jotting notes in our notebook for, the actual writing, endless editing, perhaps even doing a bit of researching, plus formatting, were receiving a clap from a reader.

ONE clap. On a FREE article.

Ever since I enrolled in Thomas Kuegler’s Medium Mastery course, I always give 50 claps no matter what. It’s no skin off my back. Even if the article has typos or other grammatical errors, I clap for the effort behind the post.

I clap to encourage the writer.

I clap to show I read the article.

I clap to support the author in his/her endeavor.

I clap just because there’s so much negativity in the world nowadays, and it’s one of the ‘pay it forward’ acts.

I clap because it’s a kind thing to do.

I clap because I treat people the way I want to be treated.

I clap because I’m not lazy — I know how hard it is to hold down that hand for 50 claps!

I clap 50 times every time for everyone no matter what.

It makes me feel good. It makes the writer feel good — a true win/win.

That’s my reasoning behind the 50 claps. What’s the reasoning behind your single clap?

Day 6 of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge I dared myself to start (and finish).

Far more interesting internally than externally. I write to quiet the voices. Deleted Facebook & Twitter thereby immediately quieting 1000’s of voices.

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