Writing on Medium
As noted in my most recent “Building Rungs” post, it’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog – 2 months, the longest gap since I started writing in January of 2014. The truth is, I did a little bit of writing during that time, just not here. I decided to check out Medium, a very cool blogging network with some smooth Twitter integration.
I had seen some cool articles floating around the web that were published on Medium, and I signed up, but never got further than that. I decided to finally take the plunge by posting some advice I had written in an email to a total stranger. As it turns out, shortly after I published the article, a startup got some harsh backlash from either it’s employees or former employees and an executive there attributed it to my “company culture” section (I can’t disclose more than that) and I became fairly self-conscious about what I was going to publish. It also made me realize how cool Medium can be.
From a user experience perspective, Medium is great. It’s very intuitive and helps you jump right into writing. As opposed to systems like WordPress (which I’m using right now for this blog), there are hardly any clicks from the time you sign up until you’re writing your first post.
Medium allows you to follow authors and allows others to follow you. So as soon as I published my first post, people were reading it and a few recommended it to their peers. There is no comment section – if you want to comment, you need to write a response article, which I think is brilliant – so I’m not 100% what people thought of it.
There is a part of me that wants to start using Medium instead of this blog, but I’m also in the process of figuring out what is most appropriate. I think that for something like the “Building Rungs” series, I would prefer to keep it local. But for generic advice that is beneficial to more people, Medium feels like a better way to get it out there. All in all, it feels more like a community.
I have to explore Medium more. I’m of the impression that there are features and tools I’m missing. I would also like to post some data at some point to try and compare traffic between this blog and Medium.
If you have any thoughts on the matter, please share them in the comments below!