If you started writing on medium.com because 'why not' and 'it's a slick process', consider the fact that the company has started pestering readers to sign up with pop-overs.
VC funded companies are not public works. Their investors will want that $134 million back.
@marijn $134 million for a notepad is quite a sum…
@hirojin They did sort of push the envelope in the editor space (but yeah, I did that for 50k)
@marijn yeah, but you don't have a billion of users who's data you can sell now, so, who's better, really? it's hard to tell.
@marijn Also, anything you post can disappear at any time. Always control your platform. ALWAYS.
@marijn if you like the process of medium, there's a neat self-hostable blogging platform that gets pretty close: ghost
here's some text on how to set it up: https://docs.ghost.org/v1/docs/getting-started-guide
if you prefer static sites, which don't have a fancy online editor, but are WAY leaner and easy to set up, there's hugo: https://gohugo.io/
@marijn What's the best alternative for those who can't self-host?
@accedie dreamwidth.org seems okay, or rent a wordpress somewhere
@marijn If you view medium.com as a wonderful free thing you can use, it's because you are the product, or your writing is Medium's product.
Yeah, I'll stick to my own blog, thanks, if I feel like publishing stuff.
@marijn Seriously I do not understand why Medium is a thing when Wordpress exists
@marijn yeah I noticed that 🤔
@marijn I've started just hitting the back button or closing the tab when something pops up in front of the article. If I really want to read the article I create a blocking rule in AdBlock Origin rather than hitting the close button.
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