Paul, while I appreciate the gist of this article and your tenacity to grow as a writer, I’m very much against this portion of advice. The reason being that it rewards you not based on your skill as a writer, but on how many friends you can have sign in to give you a little green heart so it churns your content to the top. Do your friends even like the article they recommend? Or do they not click recommend because they didn’t like or connect with the article? I guess that’s what I’m curious about.
While I respect the writing of Jeff Goins and Benjamin Hardy, I’ve noticed them doing this as well to churn their content to the top and posting quick comments like “Great Article” and then having the other recommend the comment to grow numbers. The whole process is very much intellectually dishonest if everyone is patting the other on the back when that particular piece might not have been worth a heart. As a father like you, I wonder the message something like this sends to our kids?
I could be reading too much into this, of course, but it’s something I’ve noticed recently that I don’t think is the best course of action to recommend to others. I started on Medium a little over a year ago and worked on honing my craft. That’s what paid off the most and jumped my number from zero readers to where they are today. I think you have skill, so my encouragement would be focusing less on growth and more on writing great content. Just some food for thought.