…e was a game-changer. But then I started over thinking it. I was giving 50 claps all the time — but then I was like “does it mean less to the writer if I’m always giving them 50 claps? Do they think I’m not actually appreciating their work and just clapping to clap?”
This so much! If I give somebody 50 a bunch of times and then give less, I’m afraid they’ll notice and overthink it. But you want a way to show that one was extra-special. But I figure we do that by highlighting.
I think so far everything Medium has told is that highlighting and comments don’t factor into how people’s $5 are dispersed (just claps and read time). That said, they are good for morale, for making other readers take note, and I have no idea if maybe they tell the algorithm to share the writing more.