Why I’m moving away from Medium

Deepu K Sasidharan on June 13, 2019

After much deliberation, I have decided to move my blogs away from Medium. I was considering setting up my own blog with Hugo but then decided to g... [Read Full]
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The reasons you are joining Dev.to seem to be the same reasons people joined Medium back then. History repeats itself, there will always be a well-meaning, community-oriented platform interested in your (free) contents. Then watch what happens when they start growing and become popular. It's 2019, if you are a developer there is no reason not to own your contents and set up your own blog -- it literally takes minutes. You can always cross-post if that's your thing (but again, watch what happened with Medium vs. FreeCodeCamp recently).

 

I know. As I explained in the post that is one reason I choose Dev, as I can write using markdown(I do write everything on my own private Git repo). So if I have to move then I can easily do so using any markdown supported blogging platform (Hugo or some Jekyl based platform). Its just that I like the community aspect I get here which will be difficult if I host my own. But you do make a valid point about cross posting here from my own blog. I'll give it a thought.

 
 

Medium has huge downside for the readers: the paywall! Forcing users to log in just to read contents - is wrong.

Good to see you here! :)

 

Hey, not to say you're right or wrong but can you explain why log in to read contents on it is wrong ? Cause for me it's worths with the content that Medium provide.

Thank you

 

It's not "wrong," but it's not the norm, either. Most users search for something and then expect to be able to just read it without taking more action. If the site needs money they pay for it with ads.

If I have to log in or pay to read something then it needs to be really important or valuable, but I can't know that before I read it. So I just close the tab and move onto something else.

Every once in a while I'll question whether I should pay to get past a paywall. I guess some people do. It's a business model, and they must be making money. That's not wrong at all. It's just not how I or many people want to read on the internet.

Maybe I'll pay if it becomes like broadcast television vs. a streaming service - you have to pay in order to get the really good stuff. But that distinction doesn't exist yet, and I don't want to encourage it by voting for it with my wallet.

Oh okay, thanks for your answer, for me though Medium really open my mind about pretty much everything from design and coding ( I'm a UI/UX Designer and just starting to learn how to code ) cause they have so many good, informative article from amazing talented people around the globe so it's kinda like where I update my knowledges :D cause I don't really find any site as good as Medium.

Thanks again :D

 

In my opinion, a couple of things are wrong with Medium.
You know, I'm one of those people who think knowledge is free and information wants to be free. This means that information guarded by someone demanding payment, or at least logging in, will be found elsewhere.
As a user, I see no information that belongs exclusively to Medium. This means, that for each article there is, I can find at least one alternative in other sources, it's just my information bubble preventing me from (google, this is at you!)
Good authors deserve payment of some other form of gratification, and I see nothing wrong with paying the author, by seeing ads, or by funding on Patreon. What I don't like is being tracked by the platform. Despite that, nagging the user in a way Medium is - is wrong. You know, I gave it some thinking, and I think that I'll rather be paying Medium user as an author, than as a reader. This is hilarious ;)
For the moment - when there is a piece of content that I want to read - I switch to 'incognito' mode or just clear the cookies. Everyone loses.

 

I second those saying to own your own content. Syndicate it if you like, but don't trust others to have your best interests in mind. Dev.to is not here to help you, they're here to run a business and will screw you over like any other business will.

 

I'm aware of that and that's why I'll be ready to move (Much easily) when the time comes but until then I think I'll be fine here

 

Good stuff.

Publish on your own site, then syndicate to dev.to please. 👍

 

I'm giving that a thought. I do have a Hugo set-up running. May be I'll do that

 

Please do, no offence to dev.to but in 5 years, they may 'medium' things (implement anti user once they have scale).

I will sub your RSS direct for sure.

 

Thanks to a lot of people who pushed me to setup my own blog as well. here its is

GitHub logo deepu105 / deepu105.github.io

My personal website and blog

deepu105.github.io

My personal website and Blog at deepu.tech




live on deepu.js.org/

I wrote up a blog about the setup here

 

I can already say that I did make the right decision to switch away from medium to here. May be I'll set-up my own blog and cross post here, but still the level of interaction and audience I'm getting here so fast is exactly why I wanted to come here. Thanks everyone

 
 
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