Leaving ManyStories Was a Big Mistake

Every writer looking to grow on Medium in 2023 needs ManyStories — whether they like it or not

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Screenshot from ManyStories.com

ManyStories is a third-party platform created to help Medium writers reach a wider audience and expand their readership far beyond the pool of Medium.com users.

It’s now the sole product of Penname, created by software engineer Lincoln W Daniel.

There also used to be Smedian — a Medium publication leaderboard for editors seeking writers to grow — and Signal — an additional distribution network for writers to share content — within the fold. However, due to limitations on scalability, Lincoln shut them both down back in September 2022.

This was only a positive sign.

Here’s why.

ManyStories has been around for a few years now and its core is focused on laying foundations rather than rapid growth, which I admire.

That being said, a number of features have already been implemented in Beta mode to help improve the reading and publishing experience:

  1. Each week, they feature their top writers in a sidebar.
  2. The most engaged readers are featured weekly in another sidebar.
  3. For easy navigation, visitors can

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