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Don't Publish Negative Content, Focus on the Positive Stuff Instead

Born in London, I currently live and work in Accra, Ghana. I am a writer and creative entrepreneur.

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Today, as I was scrolling through my feed on Medium, I noticed an article by a well-known writer on the platform. I won’t name the author of the story, there’s no need for that.

After reading the story, I felt this knot in my stomach. I felt sick. Why? Because in a nutshell, the article advised anyone who wants to become a top writer on the platform to shut up and focus on writing positive content instead.

What does this mean?

Never voice your honest opinion, only write content that makes people feel good. What about free speech? Sure, I wouldn’t like to read endless rants all day, every day, however, sometimes a dose of negativity is necessary.

What about toxic positivity? When people pretend that everything is fine when really, it’s not? What about real-world issues like child abuse, sexual harassment, assault, discrimination, racism, and unfair treatment? The list is endless.

Recently, one of my Medium accounts was removed from the platform for so-called “duplicate content”. They had no grounds to remove my page because I had republished four articles from my very own blog. I sent proof, but they refused to accept the proof.

I wrote an article about the whole incident. If I were to go by the idea that we should focus on creating positive content all the time, I would have refrained from publishing that article, and other writers would be none the wiser.

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I warned writers to build multiple income streams instead of focusing on one platform because Medium and any other platform can delete your account whenever they feel like doing so.

Should I have kept my mouth shut?

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I understand,we are going through enough difficulties right now in the world therefore, a dose of positivity each day can only be a good thing. I agree, we need to see the light at the end of the tunnel, we need more silver linings. However, we also need to know when people or companies do terrible things.

No, we don’t need to keep our mouths shut, we need to speak up.

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