Update – This link is interesting and painful :: http://www.politico.com/media/story/2017/01/medium-pivot-catches-publishing-partners-by-surprise-004907
Read this today :: http://daringfireball.net/linked/2017/01/04/williams-medium
Have this conversation going on facebook :: https://www.facebook.com/stuartmcdonald007/posts/10154007252602062
Here is the investor and fan weighing in :: https://500ish.com/long-medium-b9ddfe2c3a0a#.dnwmbtx85
There is a section in today’s Reliable Sources about the Medium stuff as well :: http://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=47c9040f6ff957a59bd88396e&id=ac7d0f9073&e=0e78a818f4
I am sure there is lots of other chatter about this topic today. Medium is kind of an internet darling and a big layoff like this is a big deal. I personally think Medium got a little to big for what they are trying to do and this seems to confirm that.
I have tried it a few times and it is slick. But I did not find that my audience went up any in using it versus using my own blog and my normal channels for promoting it. I am guessing over time if my articles where chosen or highlighted I would see a pop but guessing it wouldn’t happen much.
I have always felt I should have my own stack so to speak. Normally this has been self hosted wordpress blog but recently with my domain name change I decided to try wordpress hosting since it is cheaper, I get SSL and so far everything just works. Given it is wordpress I feel it is easy to move it around and keep everything intact. In fact moving everything to the new domain took an hour or so – even importing all the posts and comments. Only thing I couldn’t get to import right was stats but it is a new year so what the hell. I know my high watermark anyway.
My needs are different from others though who poetntially want to derive their income from writing. I have no such goals. I just want to write and interact. If I did need to make money from it I am not sure that running a blog would work regardless. Very few are able to live off it and most have to do lots of shitty ads or promotional things to make it work. I do link to Amazon stuff but I don’t expect it net me much – I figure it just makes it easier for readers to order a book or see what I am referring to. I do see what Medium is trying to do and I can see why some want Medium to create a platform that might generate revenue.
However I am not clear how Medium will do it or if it will work.
I like Ev. I respect him the most out of the twitter crew and wish he had stayed to make twitter happen but oh well. Let’s hope Medium figures it out but wondering if the whole notion of making this a big venture backed thing is working for them.
Time will tell.