Treat places like Medium the way you’d treat writing for someone else’s magazine, for free. It serves the same purpose: your writing gets to appear in a semi-upscale setting and you might temporarily get more readers than you would elsewhere, but you’re giving up ownership and a lot of control to get that.
-Marco Arment, “Medium and Being Your Own Platform”
I was invited to start writing on Medium. I even went as far as setting up my user account, but I had already started to write and share each day on this site, so its purpose was somewhat lost on me, especially given the fact that Medium suggests that you not repost items on their site. I think Glenn Fleishman’s original article for Fast Company and Marco Arment’s post here are prescient and well-stated. If I were ever to post on that site, I would definitely get more reads, but the content would no longer be mine and there is no guarantee that those readers would follow me back here. In addition, I am not in the business of making money for other people while categorically against advertising on my own site.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.