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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.