I want people to read my publications. I don’t want to throw up any hurdles or barriers to that end.
Would I like to get paid for my writings? Sure, of course. But not at the cost of diminishing my potential audience.
My guess is that 90% of visitors to Medium will not pay to see my content. Personally, I won’t pay to see someone else’s content, so I understand where these people are coming from.
A paywall is a bad idea for any writer, especially if they want to maximize their reach. As a Smalltalk evangelist, I most definitely want the entire world to read my stuff. That won’t happen if I charge people money for it.
Read “Python vs Pharo.”