One thing that I really wish they would implement, is a matrix or algorithm based on the quality of the stories that are written by people.
In theory, this wouldn’t be too difficult. The most “popular” posts on here are the horrific listicle/self improvement deals(of which I wrote a parody that has a 50% recommend to read ratio https://medium.com/p/how-to-write-comedy-in-7-easy-steps-64f84fecc04d ), but what is their read to recommended ratio? I doubt that it is above 10%, if that, from the screen shots that I’ve seen people post about such things.
The two stories that I’ve written with the greatest recommend to read ratio are:
1: A dark poem with 77%(oh yeah, that will bring the readership!)
2: A humorous put poignant fictional short story with 80%.
Presuming you’ve never heard any before & will never hear any again.medium.com
Honorable mention is this amusing(I presume) telling of my experiences with 73%.
Pardon the shameless self promotion(okay, I’m partially ashamed, but I’ll get over it) and I don’t honestly know what’s an average percent for recommendations to reads for stuff like that, but the numbers for these three stories seem to be pretty high.
Now(I ask semi-rhetorically to no one in particular) is that because the few people that have read them are “my people” that follow me because they dig my writing? Or are the pieces actually good?
I honestly don’t know. And that’s a problem, because I didn’t come here to spark a career or accumulate readers to fulfill the needs of my ego(not that I would mind either of those). I came here to work on my writing skills and my self assessment of my writing fluctuates between “Burn that trash before it infests the world!” and “Hey, that’s not half bad.”.
Thus, what do I have to rely on, but the read to recommend ratios? But, if said ratio doesn’t result in a promotion by the site, how is it that Medium presumes that they are promoting talented and original writers?
In a recent article on the distribution of readership on Medium, comedy and short stories(much less poetry) were only on the list in theory. The top were tech, “design”(not as in Battleship design, like the articles that you have written that I must now go and read) but web design and the so called “self improvement” articles.
I don’t know, uh, I just don’t know.