I don’t think I’m particularly impatient. I get how the Internet works. I’ve been blogging for 5 years and hope to continue down this road for many more years. But when it came to Medium, this new fangled, cool blogging site I found myself removing content quicker than you can say ‘I’ve just uploaded a new post.’
I had a conversation the other night with my mother-in-law. She is not particularly techie and she was asking me to describe what a blog was. Without too much irrelevant detail I went down the route of informational website with content created by a user or group of users. The discussion became a debate and then went onto ‘why’ one would blog. The answer to this question will vary dependant on the individual. There will be a common theme of ‘therapeutic’ or ‘I like to share my views’ or ‘I like people reading my content’. This latter point is the one I want to flag. Whilst I’m not out to get millions of followers, if I write something for the benefit of others, then I’d like ‘others’ to read it (whether they agree with it or not). If a debate or discussion ensues then all the better.
On Medium, it seems that it’s almost impossible to get anyone to read your content without first already knowing someone within the community. They have ‘collections’ and ‘editors’ and the idea is that you get yourself into a selected collection and submit your post and an editor will decide whether to post your submission. I’m fine with that (as it seems to make sense), but it’s really unclear how to get access to these editors. So much so that after 3 or 4 days of my post sitting on the site and it being read by precisely nobody I decided to remove it. It’s a shame because the post was perfect for Medium but if it sits in the web black hole then I will salvage it and save it for this wonderful platform. I’ll still use Medium for reading but until it becomes clearer how to actually get content read, I will put my posts elsewhere. To be continued.