Medium’s path has zigged and zagged as they have toiled to figure out how to turn the internet into a higher-quality, less fake and more trustworthy place for content. They’ve innovated boldly. They’ve made great strides forward in digital publishing. But they’ve also made some mistakes and scraped people over the rocks. This latest one hurts publication owners — and it hurts a lot.
But at least I had an option to monetize. At the time, I thought about experimenting with a much higher priced premium membership. But Medium pulled the plug before I had a chance and launched their own paid membership.