What Tony Stubblebine Highlighted in My Open Letter to Medium Writers

Now, pay attention.

Linda Kowalchek
2 min readJul 31, 2022


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Recently, I posted an open letter to Medium writers about what I think we can do to help Medium’s new CEO, Tony Stubblebine, in his new role.

Not even 24 hours later, I was thrilled to see that Coach Tony had highlighted my story. Here’s what he chose to highlight.

First, he highlighted the part where I wrote that I was pleased to hear that he’s a nice guy and not a “rat bastard.” I’m glad he liked that because you never know how someone will react when you don’t use fancy words and instead just say how you feel.

This shows me that he’s down-to-earth and a no-nonsense dude. I like that, mainly because I am “anti-rat bastard” (I’m thinking about turning this into a political party), and I would be devastated if a bad guy was in charge of Medium.

Next, Tony selected the part where I say that as writers, we need to consider how Medium can help us get where we want to go.

Using Medium as a means to an end and not an end in itself seems to be the way to go. Use Medium as a conduit for your ideas and a bridge to a better future and life.

Finally, Tony highlighted the part about trying to raise the bar for yourself. Time for introspection. I think we each need to look inside ourselves and see what improvements we can make when it comes to what we publish on the platform.

With this specific highlight in mind, I tried something a little different with a story on my L.K. Smithe profile yesterday. So far, it’s a flop as far as numbers of readers, but at least I wrote it.

My intention wasn’t to make money with that story; it was to express something I was thinking about and to tell people that when you slap someone across the face at the Academy Awards on live television, you don’t apologize four months later about it on YouTube. That’s just poor manners and poor judgment.

Anyway, Tony Stubblebine is listening. So, let’s all do our best to help him help the writers on this platform.

Linda Kowalchek is a work in progress and a member of the typewriter generation. She also writes stories about life and relationships under the name L. K. Smithe. Don’t forget the “e” on “Smithe.”

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Linda Kowalchek

Member of the typewriter generation. I write about the writer’s journey and life. 100% AI free. Reach me at Linda.kowalchek@gmail.com