One Year, One Thousand Followers

Thank you all so much for helping me reach this milestone!

Dr. Casey Lawrence
5 min readOct 14, 2022


Photo by Delaney Dawson on Unsplash

Yesterday I logged on and got fantastic news: I’ve hit 1k followers on Medium, after almost exactly one year of writing on the platform regularly.

Wow! 🥳

When I published “The Dreamspinner Press Controversy” about my experience working with a publisher that screwed over all its authors on October 14, 2021, I had exactly two followers — and one of them was my mom. (Hi Heather Lawrence!) I didn’t think that one year later I’d still be writing on Medium for over one thousand subscribers.

The last couple of months for me have been a real struggle, and I haven’t been posting here as much as I would like. I dislocated my knee and am waiting on corrective surgery; I caught COVID and experienced lingering symptoms for two months; I went off birth control for the first time in 17 years; I’ve temporarily relocated to Sweden. But most of all, I’m trying to submit my Ph.D. thesis after asking for an extension. Medium has, understandably, taken a back seat.

Yet here I am with 1k followers. You guys! People who want to read what I’m writing: fiction, personal nonfiction, poetry (nonmonetized), journalism. I am constantly astonished by how many people are reading and enjoying my work. So thank you all for joining me and sticking by me this past year; I hope to continue writing and posting more often in the new year, after my thesis is done and dusted.

Graduation, here I come! Photo by MD Duran on Unsplash

It has been a wild ride to get to this point in my writing career and education, and I wouldn’t be here without the support of some very special people, starting with Rhys Lemoine, my partner. When I say I’d be lost without him, know that it is a huge understatement.



Dr. Casey Lawrence

Canadian author of three LGBT YA novels. PhD from Trinity College Dublin. Check out my lists for stories by genre/type.