Why I’m Leaving Medium
TL;DR: My blog and thoughts are moving to nselby.github.io
When Medium came out, I remember thinking, “Wow, that’s really beautiful and easy to use!” And I wondered how I could become a part of it.
Like Twitter as it became popular, Medium seems to have become about numbers of followers and numbers of readers, and I think that affects negatively what I am trying to talk about, which is pretty serious stuff. I find myself trying to tweak headlines to grab more readers, almost at the zero-sum expense of better readers. Readers who consider this to be actionable intelligence or those who consider it to be a catalyst for discussion and collaboration.
This is especially true because Medium’s conversation mechanism and comments are so universally poor. The whole point of my writing here is to establish a corpus of published thoughts on law enforcement data and technology, but also to engage in conversations and collaborative discussion. I can’t do that when it is so hard for people to, “Like” (or “Recommend”) the post.
So I’m moving to my own blog, on Github.