I’ll Never Be Queen Bee, But Don’t Rip Me Off

I wrote around 300 stories on Medium. I stopped because I was seeing things I didn’t like.

Taru Anniina Liikanen

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I wrote around 300 stories on Medium, and then I stopped.

There are plenty of reasons why, some of them financial, some emotional and some even physical.

Some were because of the platform itself, and the things I didn’t like about the community here.

Sure, it was a rough year

So, 2023 was a big year. Not bad, but it was a lot.

My boyfriend left the country in March 2023. It was a rough couple of months, before and after the breakup, but I got through it. However, it didn’t exactly boost my productivity.

Apart from writing, I’m also a stand-up comedian. Last year I did a lot of shows, sometimes four per week, on top of my day job and freelance work. (Great thing I didn’t have a boyfriend in Buenos Aires anymore, it would have been hard to juggle a relationship with that schedule.)

I was sick a lot last winter. About a month after my boyfriend left Buenos Aires for Bogotá, I got a cold that didn’t seem to go away. Like a Finnish winter, it kept surprising me by creeping back every time I thought I was doing better.

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Taru Anniina Liikanen

Stand-up comedian and recovering political ghostwriter. Finnish by birth, porteña at heart. Bad jokes frequent.