Ardith, that is one excellent and epic “rant”! Yes, that is most definitely a compliment! And thank you so much for your generous words toward me — I can say all the same right back at you. I think what’s happened here is we just really click! I love when that happens; it doesn’t happen that much for my introverted self so it’s indeed a pleasure. :)
You’ve essentially summed up nearly all my major issues with the platform. You can see all the parts I highlighted — I would’ve highlighted it all but was trying to practice more controlled highlighting, heh! I will definitely check out Mikey Hamm, whom I am following, but maybe thanks to Al Gorithm I’ve missed his pieces popping up in my feed.
I really appreciate your three-fold list which perfectly encapsulates what I sought (seek? Is it worth still seeking, I wonder?) from Medium as well. As it stands right now I find myself wondering if I just ought to really reduce my time here. I think my real-life productivity would greatly increase, and that’s pretty important at this point in the year and in my life in general. However, there are a few things giving me pause. I want to keep Otherworlds going for people who appreciate its community concept; though that depends as much on participation as anything I can do as curator-”editor.” Also, I do not want to lose touch with you and a good handful (or two?) of writers with whom I have made especially enjoyable authentic connections. So I guess I’ll keep trying to muddle out the best “solution” ..
Anyhow.. please know I hear you and am totally cheering you on whatever you decide you might want to do next. I’ve been making sure I catch any comments you send me, and I’m so grateful for the connection with you, Ardith. :)