I’m Leaving Medium!
Below is my review of the updates to Medium, some nice comparison charts, and a fun little letter from the Medium home office in California.
First let me say, to all of you have supported me on this platform, THANK YOU! It’s a miracle if you are actually reading this because almost none of my articles have been showing up in my followers' feeds, but for the few of you who did actually see this… THANK YOU!
Second, allow me to announce that I am officially departing Medium, effective immediately. I will be instead be found on a new platform located at:
The reason I am leaving Medium is that since the major change to the model, I only reach a few dozen people per article, and that is just not sustainable.
This isn’t exactly scientific, I get it, but what is scientific is that I have virtually no impact on Medium anymore. Earning money was always desired, but my primary reason for using this platform was because I was reaching thousands of people, and receiving real engagement.
As a writer, that was the most important thing.
While the stress of curation was always a real pain in the ass, at least it allowed us writers to know what direction we were headed in.
Now we write blindly, and pray for success just the same.
I have had many of my readers tell me that they no longer see my articles in their feeds, and these are people who are following me. My stories that have been “selected for further distribution” (whatever that means) have had around 180–200 views.
Not reads, views.
I’m not sure why Medium did what they did, I’m sure it probably made them a lot more money. But for me, an independent writer who used to reach enough people to make it worth it and earned enough money to pay a couple of bills, the change has been a fatal blow.
So farewell Medium! I won’t be deactivating my account yet, as I believe in residual income, and some may find my stories yet. But once my monthly earnings drop below $5 a month, the now mandated monthly subscription charge, I will have to stop the bleeding. I mean that’s how much I pay monthly for croissants.