Being an amateur writer, I tried the Medium Partner Program as an experiment back in February. I was actually excited by getting $3 my first month. I had never been paid for my writing. Then I received $25 the second month. Then $105 the third. Medium writing is not paying my rent, and I don’t expect it too. I don’t write about any of the popular topics on the homepage (fiction and humor are my main things), but it is encouraging to actually get paid for creativity. And I have gotten to interact with many excellent writers. Where else can a newbie do all that?