I’ve been circling Medium for about a year now. The self-proclaimed platform for thinkers and thoughtful discussion has a formidable back-end—it’s the best WYSIWYG editor I’ve seen, and it has the smartest commenting system I’ve seen.
But it has a real Silicon Valley/lifehack bias that I find stultifying. I could care less about VCs and 80 posts a day about the social implications of Slack. Please.
Beyond that, it seems as if it’s very difficult for non-tech content to surface on the platform—stories about people who don’t live near San Jose and the Bay Area, about non-Silicon Valley ideas, about “8 Competitors for Slack” or “13 Thoughts about the Latest Java Update.”
I’m not saying those aren’t valid topics—only that they don’t interest me and, I suspect, most people who live outside the tech-verse, which, admittedly, is a highly engaged and growing universe. Just not mine.
I have a WordPress blog, hosted at WordPress.com. It’s simple, I like it. It receives very modest traffic. Nobody comments on the articles at all. All the conversation happens on Facebook and Twitter, which is fine. That makes me think I should post to Medium—except I don’t like giving up ownership of the things I think and write, especially to a platform that is at best indifferent and perhaps even hostile to my being discovered there. But Kevin, I tell myself, NO PLATFORM cares about you.
That, alas, is most likely true.
But WordPress is part of the open web, which I think is important, even in a world dominated by walled gardens and platforms like Facebook and Medium.
So I think I will sit tight, for now. Come visit me here again.