Instead Of Complain About Medium, Why Don’t You Help Out?

Tom Kuegler
4 min readNov 19, 2022
Photo by Thomas Lefebvre on Unsplash

Look, let’s be honest here.. Medium has seen better days. We all know that. I’ve written about it a lot before and I don’t need to go over all the mistakes this platform’s made since 2018.

And you don’t need to read yet another article bashing Medium’s leadership.

The truth is, Ev was a genius. He created something incredible that gave thousands of writers a chance to make a little extra money.

Some of us even got to do this full-time.

That’s a major win in my book.

If it lives only for a while, Tiberias, it still has lived.”
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Kingdom of Heaven

That’s the perfect quote to sum Medium up. It lived for a while — hell — it even thrived. And I’ll never forget it.

So, that’s it? Let’s just pack up our bags and jump ship to Substack while we still can.

Adios!

If you take that line of thinking, I’m tempted to call you a bunch of ridiculous words that even Gordon Ramsay would cringe to hear.

Quite frankly that’s the coward’s way out.

“But Tom, you told us you were quitting Medium this Summer!”

Yeah, I did. And that’s because I didn’t see leadership that was interested in improving the platform all that much.

Why should I have stuck around on a platform that was letting itself bleed out with little regard for its writers?

That’s changed, though.

The new CEO, Tony, is such a cool leader. The transparency, honesty, and drive to make Medium a space for the writer again is amazing. At least, that’s how I see it.

And now that Medium seems to be headed in the right direction, I’m starting to think we all can make one of two choices:

  1. Leave Medium for greener pastures.
  2. Stay and help make this platform a greener pasture.

Let’s talk about the case for door #2.

We’ve Helped Build Medium Before

If it weren’t for the writers, Medium wouldn’t be what it was in 2019–2020.

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Tom Kuegler

Travel blogger. 30 years old. Currently in Mexico. Subscribe to my Substack: https://mindofawriter.substack.com/