Ram is an undergraduate Marketing student from the Philippines, eager to express his thoughts and on things that peak his interests.
Two months through online university classes, I wanted an escape. I wanted an easy-to-use platform that would allow me to express my thoughts and interests whilst keeping my sanity as I go through the pains of an online educational setting. A couple of blogsites highly suggested Medium. I'm pretty sure you've heard of them as well. They've got no ads and a minimalist layout. It was a very eye-candy platform, and the thought of potentially earning passive income by writing was a treat. Although, just after two articles, or about three days, I had to leave. Here's why.
Medium uses its payment partner, Stripe. However, Stripe is only supported in a limited number of countries. As such, you would need a bank account from those listed countries in order to register for the Medium Partner program. With a little research and steps from other Medium articles, I was able to obtain myself a US bank account with Payoneer that I can register with Stripe. After, that I had my tax information verified with Medium. All was set. I could start writing and potentially earn cash.
However, as I finished writing my second article, I noticed that under my article's settings, it says that I'm "not enrolled" in the partner program. I tried going to the partner program dashboard, and I could no longer access it. I was confused. I had a US bank account from Payoneer to register with Stripe, and they even sent me an e-mail welcoming me to the partner program and that my tax information has been verified. I followed the steps that other Medium writers outside supported countries did in order to successfully register for the partner program and receive payments. Yet, in just a blink, I've been cut off. When I sought support from their help center, I only received repeated explanations of the screenshot above.
It's time to move on.
Instead of arguing with their support team, I decided to simply move on. I was so excited to write for a beautiful platform with a lot of passionate writers. But I guess it simply wasn't for me. It seems so odd how I was just removed without notice. I do understand that I technically really come from an unsupported country, but I did follow the steps of other writers to obtain a US bank account, but it seems that Medium has set up measures to further prevent these workarounds. I've observed that Medium hasn't really taken much steps to enable support for more countries. It's been years since Stripe was their sole payment partner, and due to this, they are unable to be able to cater to interested writers from other countries. Instead of being able to expand their user-base, it appeared to me as a discouragement. Now, it's time to put that aside. Here I am at the start of my HubPages journey. I do miss Medium's eye-catching minimalist interface, but at least I've found another platform that will allow me to freely write my thoughts out, with the thought of potentially earning some income.
This article doesn't intend to discourage you from using Medium. I only wanted to express the struggle I had, coming from an unsupported country. There's really nothing I can do but move on. Now, I'm looking forward to my journey with HubPages.