Medium makes me nervous. I’ve never known exactly what it is or what it wishes to be. I’ve never liked the sense of importance imbued on things written there. I don’t know if they’ll just disappear one day, taking years of writing with them.
And yet, Medium can be a wonderful place. I want them to succeed. I want people to publish great content while avoiding the click-bait tendencies of many publications. I want to enjoy reading what I find there.
So, I’ve paid to become a “Founding Member” of Medium. I’m spending $5.00 a month in support of Medium’s vague yet compelling mission. I get that much value out of Medium already, so I’m out nothing, really. I’m not paying as a writer, I’m paying as a reader. I hope they do great things.
So far, I love the new Morning, Noon, and Evening “Editions”. I check in a few times a day, read the latest, mildly-curated posts, and move on. The idea of being finished with something online is wonderful. It’s why I still read a paper newspaper, offline.
I’m looking forward to what comes next. Good luck to Medium! Here’s me on Medium