Medium Doesn’t Owe Us Anything

Actually — they do, and so do other social platforms

Lisa Beth Wright
Artistic Mystic Soul
2 min readApr 30, 2024

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I’ve seen so many comments on here about how Medium doesn’t owe writers anything. That’s a wrong assumption.

Writers built this platform, and without writers creating content each day, this platform couldn’t continue. Think about it.

Do you think people would subscribe to an old archive of posts? No. Subscribers want fresh, new content. And with so many writers leaving, it has to affect their bottom line.

In fact, I’d be willing to bet that most new subscribers are fresh-faced writers with dollar signs in their eyes.

Many probably even have the Friend of Medium membership. They’ve done a good job promoting that as a way to make more money.

Well, until they started punishing writers for engagement. That probably happened AFTER people committed for a year and were stuck.

Let the newbies dream. They’ll find out the truth soon enough. Talk to me next year at this time. We’ll see where things stand then.

It’s sad to see writers devalue their work so much, and sadder still to see them taken advantage of by another social platform.

Most creators are happy to receive scraps from their benevolent overlords.

I’m not.

That’s why I don’t put my best writing on here anymore. Why bother? It isn’t read, isn’t boosted — it isn’t even seen.

Unless you write to meet some obscure formula that our boost nominators like, your work will not be read.

That’s a pretty subjective way to decide what content you want subscribers to see. How presumptuous of Medium.

I know many talented writers on here who have never been boosted. Are they any less talented because they haven’t been boosted?

No.

I mostly use this space now to write musings and occasional rants. It’s therapeutic, and keeps my account current.

If Medium wants to encourage good writing, they should step up and pay writers for it. But they don’t, and that’s why we have so many fake accounts, AI articles, and meta content on here now.

My meta articles are read more than anything else I write lately, so here you go. We’ve got to feed the machine, right?

Why put in a ton of effort for something nobody will ever read?

If you want to read fresh, thoughtful content, come on over to Substack. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. There’s no gatekeeping over there. Everyone is on equal footing.

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