December 30th, 2013 / 1:32 pm

Who’s using Medium and do you like it?


  1. Adam Robinson

      Is it the blogging paradigm shift we’ve all been looking for?

  2. Quincy Rhoads

      I’ve never heard of it before, but it seems interesting; however, I’m hesitant to start ONE MORE social media/blogging platform. Maybe if I knew a lot of other folks on it, but for now tumblr is enough for me.
      Other thoughts out there?

  3. TieryasXu

      I’ve been seeing more and more friends using it and it seems pretty intriguing. Some of the writers I know are having a lot of fun with it and reaching an audience with some pretty eclectic writing that I think would have a hard time finding a home outside of just their regular blog. It seems kind of like a nice “medium” between tumblr and wordpress. Am eager to hear other people’s thoughts on it.

  4. Adam Robinson

      Peter, can you give a link for any pieces that you like in particular?

      I’m curious to hear people’s “publication” stories there. I guess anyone can write a post, but it might not actually make it out in the feeds unless the editors approve it or something?

  5. alex

      Yes, this is correct, they have their own editorial staff.
      EDIT: By “the feed” I mean their Twitter account and their weekly “best post” emails.

  6. Chad Morgan

      I’ve been using Medium (not too prolifically) since June. I like it. I think the design is nice, sleek and clean and not flashy. I’ve also read some really great pieces on the site. I’m also someone who blogs and keeps a Tumblr (not to mention: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and it’s nice to have a place to publish things that I don’t feel necessarily fit my other platforms and where I don’t have to worry about drumming up my own traffic. I’ve also started e-friendships with some rad folk. So yeah, I use Medium, I like it.

  7. Richard Grayson

      I’ve put some idiotic things up, but I’m not sure what to do with it. It’s very easy to use. I don’t know what will happen with it.

  8. Jeremy Hopkins

      I looked at it months ago and decided against it.
      I thought it might be better for writing more than ~500 wds than tumblr is, but I couldn’t see what it offers that wordpress or blogger do not (apart from being newer and therefore perhaps easier for a writer to break into/out from).
      Is it more streamlined for writing than wordpress? What am I missing?

  9. mimi


      1. haven’t read it enough to know whether i like it or not, but am interested in checking it out

      2. i’m interested in registering, so that i can see/participate in ‘discussions’ – or maybe not…

      3. i wonder if it might be a venue for the great jimmy chen to use to bring his writing to readers – or does he already? i would read him there (or elsewhere, if anyone here could direct me)

      4. i’m fantasizing about writing there under my irl name, to advance myself, gain fame and fortune

      5. i think it’s interesting that medium is brought to us by the guys that brought us blogger (since i use blogger)

  10. elias tezapsidis

      i dunno. it looks very clean but i think i dont want to do it. also, it feels weird to me that it matters as a writing platform, since everyone can write on it. i dont like that.

  11. Chad Morgan

      It’s different now, but when they launched you had to submit writing samples – or be invited as a collaborator by someone already selected – in order to actually post anything on the site. I’m not sure how stringent their selection process was, or what editorial requirements they were working under. And I totally get where you’re coming from – “since everyone can write on it.” At the same time, I kind of dig the all hands on deck mentality. I think it could be especially useful for newer writers with fewer credits who may be able to place work they wouldn’t necessarily be able to otherwise.

  12. Adam Robinson

      It’s interesting to think about it in terms of a publication credit, since, as I understand it, it’s an open forum, basically a consolidation of personal blogs. But to me “open forum” vs. a peer reviewed or editor selected publication has little, or secondary, value, given how easy it is to click a link, glance at a thing on Medium (or any other website) and determine whether or not I like it.

      But I’m still not sure I understand what Medium is/does.

  13. Tim Jones-Yelvington

      Maybe Im getting old, but I have a hard time with sites that don’t have an “about” link I can click in. Just tell me what Im looking at.

  14. Adam Robinson

      Good point. I wonder if they think it’s too hard to explain.