Youness
Youness
Feb 26, 2018 · 2 min read

Yes, I read a lot, but that’s not a reason to pay for.

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Every time I write a critic, I have to say firstly that I love Medium ❤.

Shall I be ashamed that I’m not a premium member?
Am I unfair because I don’t pay people for the content they create?
Shall I feel uncomfortable that I’m using the platform for free?

I don’t think so, I don’t pay for so many online services, and the reason is the same: I’m not convinced that I have to do. I’m OK with what I already have.

I have a free Spotify account, I don’t mind to listen to ads, and I don’t want to download music for offline use, I’m OK with what I already have.
I have a free Youtube account, I don’t mind to see ads, and I’m not interested by any other video options , I’m OK with what I have.

I have a premium Google Drive, because 15Gb isn’t enough for me. I really need the extra service, the price is good and the 24/7 service worth it.
I have a premium Runtastic, because I tested it, it worth the money, I hear more information, I can set up more things, and the price is one-time paid.

But what will I get if I subscribe to Medium for 5€/month?

Let’s start with the price, it is cheap, and I can afford more than that if I really think I need it, but here are the points that are not OK for me:

  • Medium content is not constant, so why the price is? Why should I pay 5€ every single month? And who ensures the content will be there every day?
  • Medium content is volatile, I pay to access posts, but their authors may just remove them any time, can I keep a copy? I don’t think this is possible.
  • Medium platform is the same, I mean that there are no extra options for the website that makes the difference between free and paid accounts.
  • Medium membership doesn’t include demo period, you pay then you can see how it looks like, let me tell you a secret, I downloaded paid Runtastic app .apk, and when I liked it, I went to Playstore and bought it.
  • Medium change was brutal, for people like me who “read a lot”, it wasn’t easy to wake up with so many stared posts that we can’t read anymore, I think a progressive change could have taken more people to subscribe.

That said, I’m not saying that I’ll never subscribe. I may do it in the future.

Writing Blog — 2018

Here, I try to write as many posts as I can for 2018.

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I came to read, I stayed to write. http://youness.net

Writing Blog — 2018

Here, I try to write as many posts as I can for 2018.

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