Write a post

As a publishing platform, Medium allows you to share your stories and ideas with the world. If you're new to Medium, you can learn here about features available in the editor and publish your first story. We can't wait to read it!

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Create a new draft


  1. Click on your profile picture in the top-right corner of the page to open a menu.
  2. Click New story.

Note: You will need to be using one of our supported browsers to write.

Add a title


Enter a title, and subtitle (optional). If you don't enter a title, the first few words of your post will be used instead.

Basic formatting


To add some basic formatting to your story, highlight a word or phrase. This will bring up a text toolbar with available options.

Tip! Check out this article to learn more about all the formatting features.

Add an image


  1. On your post, go to a new line and click the  button on the left to expand the menu
  2. Click the Camera button to upload an image from your desktop.
    Click the Magnifying glass button to insert an image directly from Unsplash.

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Tip! Check out this article to learn more about adding images to your posts.

Add media embeds


The editor also allows you to add media embeds like YouTube videos or tweets.

  1. On an empty line, paste the URL of the embed (not the embed code).
  2. Press Enter. If a rich version of the embed is supported, it will be rendered automatically, or else it will become a simple embedded link in a box.

Publish the draft


  1. When you're finished with your post, click Ready to publish.
  2. From the Publish review step, you can optionally add tags, customize your title and subtitle, schedule to publish your post later, and more.
  3. You can also select whether to make your post eligible for curators to review and distribute via topics on Medium. This means that your post is eligible to be part of Medium’s metered paywall. If you leave the box unchecked, your post will not be eligible for review and will be distributed only to your followers. Learn more about distribution and the paywall here.
  4. When you're done making changes, click Publish now to make the story immediately visible on Medium and available for anyone to read. All of your published stories can be found on your public profile page, as well as on your stories page.

Common questions


What happens when I publish my story?

When you publish a public story on Medium:

  • Your story will be displayed on your public profile page, and will be available for anyone to read.
  • Your story will be discoverable by search engines such as Google, and by Medium's own search feature.
  • Your story will be displayed on the homepage of people who follow you in their "New from your network" section. Additionally, it might also appear in the "From people you follow" section in their email digests.
  • If you added tags to your story, it will be displayed in the "Latest" section of all the relevant tag pages.
  • If your story is published in a publication, it will appear in its "Latest stories" view. Depending on the publication settings, it might also appear on the publication homepage or on its feature pages.

Additionally, if you're part of the Medium Partner Program and you set your story as eligible to earn money and allow Medium curators to distribute it to interested readers, your story will earn money based on engagement from Medium members. Learn more.

Finally, if Medium curators distribute it to readers on Medium as part of the metered paywall:

  • Your story will be displayed on the relevant topic pages based on the topics assigned by curators.
  • Your story will be recommended to readers on the Medium homepage, in email digests and in the mobile apps.
  • Your story will be eligible for featuring by Medium's editorial team.
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