Why do you keep writing on Medium?
What do you mean?
Why do you keep doing it?
First off, I write for myself. Then I sometimes post things on Medium.
You post on Medium almost every day.
Ok, maybe this is true but I write for myself first.
And you post on Medium because it says you have over a thousand followers?
Yeah, it is kind of cool to think that I have that many people reading my stuff.
You know that is a big bluff right? You know that this is a huge, well thought out scam played on writers?
What are you talking about?
I am talking about manipulating writer’s deepest sensitivities and longings. The creators of Medium have found a way to do this. Every writer dreams about having over a thousand or thousands of readers. But you don’t have a thousand readers on Medium. You are lucky if you get ten. The people who designed Medium just set things up so it seems like a lot of people might read your work.
Why would they do this?
Because, it keeps people posting content to their site. What better way to keep people posting content for free than providing them with the idea that lots of people follow their work. It is a genius concept but the trick is being played on the writers. Medium consumes content in the same way that your stomach consumes endless amounts of food. They live off the content posted to their site. They are sucking writers dry so that they can continue to thrive. And what do writers who post on Medium get?
The illusion that they are being read by many. Now maybe if you post popular kinds of content you might get more readers, but still it is not as many as you think.
What do you mean by popular writing?
You know, the stuff that the not so smart masses want to read. The stuff about how to become a better and more productive person. The stuff about technology and business. The “How To” stuff that people consume and then forget about in a few days because they have moved on to the next meal. This is the stuff that Medium fills up on. They are just a consumer of endless amounts of motivational and technological content. None of what is being written on Medium will matter in a few years, let alone a week.
Shit, that is bleak.
Yes, and you try and post quality, creative stuff on Medium. You try and post what could be considered literature but no one wants this kind of content on Medium. It is not easy and motivational enough. It makes readers to aware of parts of their lives they wish to forget by reading popular motivational content on Medium. The irony is that in a hundred years, some of what you post on Medium may be the only stuff still being read.
So you are saying that Medium is a good long term, preservational platform for my work?
It has that possibility for you. You can use Medium in the same way that they are using you.
You let them manipulate you into thinking you have thousands of readers and you let them consume your hard-earned content for free but you potentially get a platform that will preserve your best work for centuries to come.
Hmmm. Never thought of it like this.
Medium is filled with a sea of crap. Often it takes humans half a decade or more to find the quality stuff. Medium is one safe space for your work to dwell in obscurity for a while. You are the fish out of water on here.
But if I was a fish in the water with all the other fish, I would have a lot more readers. I could possibly make money and get more known from what I write.
Yes, but your work will be completely forgotten in a hundred years. With what you are writing now- you still have a shot. Short term pain for longer term gain.
Interesting. Well, thank you for the perspective. I really appreciate it. It helps.
Sure. Oh, and also for what it is worth- you might get a few more readers now and then if you get better at editing what you write.
Yes, I know but I am imperfect when it comes to this skill. I do the best I can. Besides, few real writers are ever any good at editing. I am perfectly comfortable with fucking up. A real writer without an editor is like a bike without a rider.
I understand. You do the best you can with what you got. There are some real writers, as you put it, who are also really good at editing.
Yes, I know. But they are not the majority.
Yes. This is true. A real writer is good at creating the soul in what is written and an editor makes the soul presentable to the reader. This is why most writers are not real writers- there is no soul in what they write. It’s almost robotic.
Exactly. But the editing is great.
Well, thanks again for your perspective.
Sure. Keep at it man. Don’t give up. You are good at what you do.