I find writing consistently on Medium really challenging. Here are my modest writing goals for 2024

Looking back on 2023 and looking ahead to 2024

Shawn Seah
5 min readDec 26, 2023


Writer Shawn Seah autographing books at the launch of the Our Amazing Pioneers series at the Stories Come Alive Room. Photograph taken by author’s team.

Writing has always been a hobby of mine. Over the years, I have written books on my family history and Singapore stories from Aukang, Punggol, and the Second World War.

In 2023, I successfully launched my first children’s book series, Our Amazing Pioneers.

As I work during the day, and typically write family history and Singapore stories at night, I also find meaning in the daily writing and editing of reports, emails, and submissions at work.

This is especially if I can craft a catchy phrase or creative soundbite, convey an idea more succinctly, or correct grammatical errors.

(I believe that my colleagues have, over time, come to reluctantly accept that I have this strange fascination with writing, editing, and proofreading.)

Medium Stats

In 2021, I started writing on Medium.

  • Looking back on the past few years, I will have a total of 76 stories published on Medium by the end of 2023.
  • Looking back on 2022, I wrote 27 articles, averaging more than two articles each month.
  • And this year in 2023, I wrote 22 stories (including this one).

Challenges I Face

I have to be honest: It is brutally challenging for a normal, ordinary, regular Singaporean like myself to constantly write on Medium.

Finding topics or themes that really resonate, especially with an international audience; having enough time to research or write a strong piece; or even being inspired or disciplined enough to write consistently and churn out story after story — all these pose challenges. I confess that it’s not easy.

Also, when I get home from work after pulling 11, 12 hours at the office, I have to balance between blogging and a thousand other urgent-important-critical things to do. I do have many more stories that I would love to research and write about, but I have to strike a balance between my work (which remains…



Shawn Seah

Singaporean writer and public speaker, passionate about education, social issues, and local history and community stories.