On “Free” Writing Platforms
I love and hate Medium (the blogging platform founded by ex-twitter Evan Williams) equally. I might hate it more than I love it since I am clearly not using it for my blog. I appreciate that it has become a platform for many voices that otherwise might have never ventured to online blogging. However, it’s also a trap for its users, who might find that leaving the space once they outgrow it is not possible.
Matthew Butterick summarizes it best"
Whereas the traditional typewriter offered freedom at the cost of design, the billionaire’s typewriter offers convenience at the cost of freedom. ~The Billionaires Typewriter
I dislike Medium for many reasons but I believe there is a place in the web for tools that ask the absolute bare minimum of its users. Not everybody has the time—or inclination—to figure out what Wordpress is all about, and how to get it up and running.
Medium also differs from earlier blogging services in a significant, contrarian way: it offers you, the writer, nearly zero options for the presentation of your stories. No matter what kind of story you write, or who your readers are, it gets packaged into a single, non-negotiable template. ~The Billionaires Typewriter
And to the question “how does Medium improve the Internet?” Well… it exists, it has a point of view. If you don’t like it, code your counter argument.