It was with a heavy heart that I started a WordPress in the February of 2016. Opening up is painful and though I intended to keep it travel oriented, it quickly became my everything blog. A place where I could get personal, or talk about what I was cooking, or even some political noise. I built up my posts and got a bit of a readership, but now have realised it’s time to move on, slow these pastures to mellow as I explore fresher ground.
WIll I return? I will indeed! I will get into that shortly. But first, here is why I have moved to Medium.
Different strokes for different folks
WordPress is okay as a platform. It’s easy enough to get one and simple to share. There is 0 complexity in formatting or adding media to posts. It has the basics of being a platform down.
Where it fails is in really amplifying voices. In order to get your piece read you need to advertise repeatedly and draw in readers from your own social networks. Eventually you can build up a following, but it is a very slow process.
I’ve been on Medium 1 month and I’m already gathering a small number of fans, and garnering a decent number of views and reads beyond my own profiles. It’s a nice feeling. Which leads me to…
We live for the applause
Medium’s best innovation is giving people a clap button instead of a like button. This feature allows you clap up to 30 times for a post if you really like it. This lets users amplify the voices that they think really should be heard. This elevates those voices in an algorithm and spreads that writer’s piece further.
Responses on Medium are easy, and feel far more valuable than comments on WordPress. As WordPress is older, many accounts never respond. On Medium, comments mean higher rankings and so writers are incentivised to react to responders. It’s a useful system.
More eclectic fare
As I’ve suggested, my writing is eclectic. My topics are picked depending on what comes to my head first, and it therefore makes it harder to build an audience. Many people will only follow a person so they can big themselves up in that area.
Medium has an advantage in that it calculates what will reverberate wih you best based on what you’ve said interests you and who. You can follow a person for one thing but still see them for others. It’s a useful tool.
What I’ll stick with WordPress for
Regardless of my criticisms there are a few areas where WordPress is obviously superior. From what I can see, Medium’s openness facilitates easy movement between writers. Well, what if I want to keep them all in one place?
Perhaps there is a function that will perform this easily, but as far as I can tell it’s not automatically done like on WordPress.
The openness of the platform can sometimes feel eviscerating, as though the belly had been cut and the insides removed.
So for that reason, I will probably maintain a presence and some series’ on here. One benefit of the internet is that you don’t have to pick only one website for everything.
Coming up: 25 days of Christmas songs, what they mean, what they tell us, and why they make the season.
The writer of this piece is on Medium. You can find him here.