Newbie’s Take on Medium’s October 2020 Changes

Thank you Zulie for an extremely helpful post and video!

kit_carmelite

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When you’re new to Medium, as I am, you want to believe the best about the executive team’s motives. I’ve come across a few articles where the author’s take on Medium’s “moves” are at the other end of the spectrum. That’s disheartening because a new reader figures these guys should know what they’re talking about. The new reader wonders if they’re making a mistake by investing time and energy into this platform. I started on Medium five weeks ago, so I have nothing to compare to. I’ve been wading along the shore while most of you are more than half-way across the lake.

It must frustrate and discourage you to have the hard work you put into your videos become obsolete. I am grateful that you keep making them anyway. I’m encouraged rather than discouraged by the fact that Medium is “a living and changing platform” because that which doesn’t change deteriorates and dies. The best part about being so new to Medium is that I have virtually nothing to unlearn.

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Will “building relationships between writers and readers” mean that readers are more likely to expect a writer they follow to stay in the same niche? I hope not, because one of the big reasons I was attracted to writing on Medium was that I did NOT need to write in one or two niches.

I’m glad that followers will be more important than Curation. Since I started on Medium, I’ve gained 35 followers. I suspect it’s more because of all the commenting I do than because of the original stories I create. The more I participate on the platform, the more followers I’ll attract. I can’t say the same for curation. On other platforms, followers see what you post. The more followers you have, the more people can see your work. That doesn’t mean all of your followers will READ all that they see, they’ll just be more aware of it than before. I imagine many writers will be “unfollowed” to deal with “information overwhelm”.

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kit_carmelite

Married 25 years. Retired SAS programmer from Statistics Canada. Member of Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites since 2008. Love chess..