What’s Medium for?
The leaves are yellow on that tree but if I turn my head around I will see trees with red and yellow leaves. It is fall in Canada and it makes up for some interesting poetry — but who has the motivation to write and read poetry?
I want to write something people will read. If I write what no one reads, that wouldn’t be writing, it would be thinking. But I want to do more than just think.
To remember what Medium said a few months ago as they started a new initiative, I noted their words on a paper and stuck it on my wall. Here are some key points:
- Medium wants to be an open platform where everyone can read and write stories in a beautiful, ad-free interface.
- Medium will reward stories they feel most proud to bring to their members.
- Medium wants human stories that deliver actual human wisdom.
- Medium wants to provide alternative to the opportunities people get on the rest of the internet.
- Medium wants us to tell our story rather than churn out content.
- Medium wants us to take time to go deeper, research longer, edit more as they will distribute those content.
- Medium wants ‘original, high quality, personal stories, hidden life wisdom, deep knowledge, locked up in our collective lives.’
- Medium doesn’t want attention grabbing, clickbait, formulaic derivative, or AI content.
- Medium wants us to write fewer stories with more heart and soul poured into them.
- Medium wants writings that do more than just grab attention.
I don’t care what they want and say but Medium feels comfortable.
In this age of self-broadcasting, I don’t want to send my work to some archaic journal and wait…I want to churn out great words and believe I can achieve success on my own. I don’t see TikTokers or YouTubers sending their videos to some video-publication or tweeters sending their tweets to tweet police. I want to spread my thoughts and feelings on my screen and hit that publish button — knowing there’s a probability that my words will be read. That’s enough. Nobody has read my last hundred stories but…