Have you ever thought to yourself, “Self, I read Kathy’s stuff all the time. I wonder if I can help her out in any way.” If so, this piece is just for you…

Like all writers, I want to know if you found my piece worth reading. Did it touch your heart? Did it make a point you thought was worth making? Did it make you laugh?

Being a poetry writer — and one who tends towards brevity — means that I don’t make much from Medium itself. If I make $3 in a month here, it’s a great month. If I make $5 here, I celebrate. BUT I do make a bit more over on Patreon. And I share more there too. If you really want to support me, check it out.

Clap for it

The easiest way to help a writer out? Clap on the piece you just read. Let us know it mattered enough to you to hit that little button one time, 50 times, or some number in between. By clapping you become a fan of the writer.

I keep track of my fans. No, really — If you are a fan of one of my pieces, I am likely to

o Hit your profile
o Read your pieces
o Follow you
o Interact with you.

It’s the easiest way for you to connect with me. It’s also the easiest way for me to connect with you.

Share it

If you liked it enough — if you think others would like it: Share it on Facebook. Share it on Twitter. While I may not know if you share it on FB, I will know if you share it on Twitter. You can also connect with me on either platform… I’m CallKathy there. (I’m CallKathy almost everywhere on the social web. One of the few exceptions is Instagram. There I am TheRealCallKathy.)

Comment/respond

You read it, you clapped for it, you even shared it. But you want to go further. That’s what the response box is for. Yeah, I know, it can be hard to get to here on Medium. But it will guarantee I will find out what you thought of the piece. It might even get a response from me. I’ve met some of my closest friends here on Medium because they commented on one of my pieces or I commented on one of theirs. (PS: If it doesn’t get a reply from me, it means I am swamped, exhausted, or both. Please don’t take it personally. I believe in community. Community only grows when everyone participates.)

Follow me

If you have read a few of my pieces, you might want to follow me on Medium. I’ll get notified that you are following me — which will earn you a check of your profile. To be honest, if you follow me — I am likely to follow you back. Which will lead to claps and comments from me.

Become a patron

This one takes some effort on your part, but like I said above, I think it is worth it for those who really want to get to know me. My patrons get essays on all my pieces. I talk about life there a lot more than here. I announce family and personal news there. I even have been known to publish a piece or two there and not here. :)

Any patron who give five dollars or more a month get personalized one liners from me. How many? Depends on what level patron you are. If you want to learn more, click below.

Aside 1: That’s probably too much information for most of you. But, then again, you know I am an oversharer — you read my work.

Aside 2: Grr… someday, that image is going to show with the right focus point. I’ve changed it and changed it. I’ve deleted the image, added the focus again, and resaved it. It still shows the wrong part of the image. I’ve even deleted it, edited it, , reinserted it, set the focus. It still doesn’t work. I promise, It’s not a picture of our stomachs. It is a picture of us. If you have read this far and know how to fix the focus point, please let me know!

Aside 3: More on the picture… As you can see in the image. I have cut the lower part of the image out. But… Medium is still using the wrong image in the previews! I’m going to ping Medium on Twitter and see if I can get some help.

💚POMpoet💚 Former software tester, still breaking things. Social Media geek. Former OneNote MVP. Phoenix Mercury fan. Green Bay Packer fan.