Signal v Noise Exits Medium

Basecamp co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson on the reasons Signal V Noise has left Medium and created a new Wordpress site.

These days Medium is focused on their membership offering, though. Trying to aggregate writing from many sources and sell a broad subscription on top of that. And it’s a neat model, and it’s wonderful to see Medium try something different. But it’s not for us, and it’s not for Signal v Noise. […]

Beyond that, though, we’ve grown ever more aware of the problems with centralizing the internet. Traditional blogs might have swung out of favor, as we all discovered the benefits of social media and aggregating platforms, but we think they’re about to swing back in style, as we all discover the real costs and problems brought by such centralization. […]

That doesn’t mean we regret our time at Medium. Being on Medium helped propel some of our best writing to a whole new audience. But these days there’s less of a what Medium is doing for us”, and a whole lot more of what we’re doing for Medium”. It was a good time while it lasted, but good times are gone.

This fascinates me because for a short while I thought I might actually be able to use Medium as a platform for my own brand of writing. As much as I love the look and feel and audience of Medium, I wasn’t making any money with the partnership program and I decided the way Medium changed from a social networking blogging platform into a subscription based magazine wasn’t for me. It’s turned into something akin to the Huffington Post. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just not what I want.

So, I’m in the slow process of removing various posts from Medium as well as writing and posting to my own site. I think I prefer it that way.

January 16, 2019


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