It feels like there are a million places to voice your opinions nowadays, none of which gurantee an audience unless you already have one. It is the hard work of continually creating things that helps garner someone an audience. However, deciding on a home for your creations for your non-audience can sometimes be difficult.
A place like Medium helps provide built in audiences (well there’s an audience on Medium, but this does not gurantee they will discover whatever it is you have written). Or you could go the route of creating your own website through something like WordPress or Squarespace. Both are viable options. Then, of course, there is Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Soundcloud, YouTube, and hundreds more depending on the thing you are creating and the audience you are trying to reach.
Knowing the “right” place to go is nearly impossible. Why does someone like Dave Pell, who has a built in audience, feel the need to use Medium. Is it the ease of use, where he can create his own Publication and not have to worry about anything else. Is it the simpicity of writing and hitting publish? Something like WordPress or Squarespace can be just as easy. Medium does have the added benefit of being free. Hell, I’m in Medium’s editor as we speak writing this because it is something I wanted to play around with.
Having all of these options only add to my own problems. I love creating things. I want to have a Tumblr, I want to have a Medium Publication, I want to have my own website. The creating of these things is the fun part. It is the commiting to doing something in just one of these places, let alone all of them that is the challange. Determing what types of things are worthy to go on my own site versus my nonsense tumblr versus here is difficult. Do I want to delineate between the places? Even if I had an audience, they probably wouldn’t want to follow me across three domains to get everything I have done. But does having multiple plays to find someone potentially make it easier to be found in the first place in order to build an audience?
As the internet grows, having your own website/domain could easily become a thing of the past. Most people today are fine with having Twitter to say whatever it is they want and at the end of the day that’s all they need. They don’t have the compulsion to own the place where their thoughts are creations are being held and stored.
Maybe someone has the answers to all of my questions and could tell me what to do right now. Honestly, I don’t care. I enjoy having my I own site where I know I will be able to control every aspect of it. I also enjoy having a Tumblr for nonsense, and a Medium publication to just spitball random thoughts that cross my brain. Maybe this will be the only thing written here but it won’t be anyones loss.