Paying for Medium


Medium makes me nervous. I’ve never known exactly what it is or what it wishes to be. I’ve never liked the sense of importance imbued on things written there. I don’t know if they’ll just disappear one day, taking years of writing with them.

And yet, Medium can be a wonderful place. I want them to succeed. I want people to publish great content while avoiding the click-bait tendencies of many publications. I want to enjoy reading what I find there.

So, I’ve paid to become a “Founding Member” of Medium. I’m spending $5.00 a month in support of Medium’s vague yet compelling mission. I get that much value out of Medium already, so I’m out nothing, really. I’m not paying as a writer, I’m paying as a reader. I hope they do great things.

So far, I love the new Morning, Noon, and Evening “Editions”. I check in a few times a day, read the latest, mildly-curated posts, and move on. The idea of being finished with something online is wonderful. It’s why I still read a paper newspaper, offline.

I’m looking forward to what comes next. Good luck to Medium! Here’s me on Medium