Three Months of Not Writing on Medium
I’m writing this because I really don’t want to do the laundry.
And because I never miss an opportunity to complain about Medium.
If you have issues with profanity, you should skip this story. I use profanity because I feel that it accurately describes how I feel. I don’t use it for shock value. I use it because it’s the right word for the situation. So, if you don’t want to read about how I think Medium sucks the big one — move along. Think of this as my attempt at a trigger warning (which I think is a bunch of bullshit).
Anyway, I’m in one of my moods, so I thought I would take the opportunity to speak candidly about what I’ve been up to and how I feel about Medium and some other platforms. Not like anyone gives a shit what I think, but whatever.
So, I haven’t written on Medium for the past three months. Why? Because time is a finite commodity, I try not to give away my time for free. And Medium seems to expect people to spend their time writing and then piss all over their effort by not compensating them, not distributing their stories, and not sending their stories to people who asked to be notified by email when they publish something new on Medium. In short, Medium likes to piss all over its writers, and I’m not into golden showers.
Instead, I tried out some other platforms. I tried Tumblr — a waste of time. And I even paid them $20 to widely distribute some of my best-performing L.K. Smithe stories on their platform. I got some followers, but the people on Tumblr aren’t my kind of people. Or, more accurately, I’m not their kind of person. I think I’m too vanilla for them. It seems to be a platform filled with very unusual people that I don’t relate to, and I don’t get their humor, and I don’t belong there.
Then I tried Substack. I suck at Substack. So far. I started two publications/newsletters on Substack. I did not have the long game in mind. I lost interest, and I abandoned them. I need to go in there, properly shut down the publications, and give it another try. Third time is the charm, and I have an idea for a third crack at the whole Substack thing. I like my third idea. I believe in it and have a plan for it, so I’m hopeful.