Medium used to be a decent place to read articles
I feel like Medium had a good variety of bloggers at one point. I could get some financial advice, maybe some world news and a heap of self-help articles. I also used it for tech and programming, and it was a great place for a variety of topics.
Somehow, this has all changed
There seems to be a lot of bloggers moving away. Some have started a newsletter with Substack, others have their own self-hosted blogs or moved to Ghost. But those that stayed all seem to talk about very similar topics.
It’s now full of Crypto bros, Web3 and making money. I get it. Medium was meant to be a great place to earn money, because you would gain a portion of money from members. This spurred on a lot of excitement, and made people talk about it. However, this talk hasn’t stopped and the only people left on Medium are the ones still talking about it.
Also, they talk about how the platform will grow again, and “this time, it will be different”. But I think Medium’s time has passed, and they can’t come back from their misdirection. They can try, and it will probably host a handful of bloggers for a while. I expect it will end up like Flickr (which still exists) or Vimeo.
It will chug along with minimal ups and downs, keeping a fairly consistent line over time. This isn’t bad, but for the company, this isn’t good either. They were all about growth and supporting their creators, and if the creators can’t earn more through more readers and followers, they will either give up, or go elsewhere like many before them.
Medium needs to change, but it’s probably too late
Like I say, they need to change, but it’s probably already too late. The CEOs change more than the seasons. They all come in with promises and high hopes and fail to make bring in more writers and readers.
What are your thoughts?
Are you a Medium writer or reader? What are your thoughts on Medium as a blogging platform? I still think WordPress is one of the best places to write as the community is great, and you have greater choice of where you can distribute your content.