It’s obnoxious… and I don’t care

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Has anyone else noticed there are two types of writers on Medium?

Those here for the money …and those here to write.

What a concept: a writer who wants to write, and not be a “content producer”.

Don’t get me wrong, I like money. It’s just, ugh…

I’m sick of…


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The brand of a publication could not be more relevant today. While brand publishing has pushed companies to establish both online and print publications in order to build reader engagement and corporate reputation, this rise of competition for readership seems to have also pushed publications to better brand themselves. …


A comparison image of the author at age 24 in 2012 at approximately 240 lbs, with an image of her now at age 33 in 2021 at approximately 170 lbs. She looks noticeably happier now.
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It’s likely you have already heard about intermittent fasting (IF). The topic seems to proliferate the media and internet on a regular basis. Even back in 2012 when I set out to lose weight at the age of 24, I had heard bits and pieces about it. …


Customers browse a high-end looking cosmetics store with bright white lights as sales associates approach them to help with their shopping needs.
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My friends often get quite jealous of me for all the excellent customer service and freebies that I receive. …


Because it’s time we matched the “write” way…

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Are you sick of swiping left and right. And up. And down.

I thought so.

That’s why Medium is introducing a whole new “chapter” to its platform.

You guessed it …Or maybe the title gave it away.

Anyhow, you’re here. I’m here. We’re all here. Let’s f*ck!

I mean, let’s…


Author’s image of the artwork of 4–6 year old children who cannot be named, but are great artists living in Toronto and Markham, Ontario, Canada.

This Valentine’s Day, red cellophane wrapped cinnamon hearts and rose laden boxes of chocolate not only seem trivial and irrelevant. They feel downright condescending.

I‘m not bitter towards love, but I will be honest that I have always cast a skeptical eye towards Valentine’s Day and its blatant sense of…


And other ways being a teacher ruins my life

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Yeah, I know. I’m not supposed to say that.

But that’s why I’m getting out of the job, okay? So I’m allowed.

How? You ask.

Well, by becoming a famous writer on Medium. Obviously.

I digress.

Where were we? Oh right…

The Theory

So I have this theory every time I use…


That could make my user experience — and you — richer

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I was thinking about how limited ‘a clap’ is.

First of all, deciding how many to give is sometimes more agonizing that destroying my closet to choose an outfit for a first date. The strategies will flip-flop in much the same way.

I’ll go from wanting to really sex it…


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The Experiment

In all seriousness, this is a bit of a thought experiment. But like most existential “what if” indulgences, we can often glean valuable insights for the present 3D. Let’s look at 3 things you can do now to prepare for the worst.

Murphy’s Law, right?

The Facts

The chances of a major…


— And in life

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Give more than you get. Stop tallying claps, followers, reading time, stats — just focus on giving more and I assure you, you will get more.

Be sincere. Be authentic. Be real.

People can smell fakes a mile away. People hate fakes. Don’t be a fake.

Make friends. Actually. Build…

Katie O'Grady

Mostly saucy self-help filled with magic, pizzazz, humour, memories, a pint of philosophy, and a pinch of psychology.

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