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There are too many people on Medium telling others what to do instead of telling others what they did. (Just to be clear, I don’t mean you.) Such pieces are easily digested, but soulless. They’re not compelling in the same way a personal story can be. It’s that connection you’re missing when you reach the end of an article and ask, “Yeah? So?”

I think the temptation of increasing readership, “follows”, and “recommends” tempts writers to imitate the most popular templates and writing styles. In fact, I just read a post by Nicolas Le Roux advocating exactly that. This is why so many articles are starting to sound the same, which is a shame. Some writers have very interesting things to say, but they don’t seem to trust their own voice. Unlike present company!

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