Why People Write on Medium

I just saw this post on UpThemes about migrating your content from Medium to WordPress. Now, I know that they’re just trying to sell their themes, but their comprehension of why people write on Medium is completely wrong.

Before I get into why they’re fundamentally wrong,1 I’ll go ahead and say that their reasons why you might not want to be publishing on Medium, are sound. I’m all for owning your content. However, they’re also telling you that you can have everything you have on Medium with WordPress, which is a lie.

People don’t write on Medium just because the reading experience is beautiful; the writing experience is too. WordPress continues to descend into more and more clutter, making writing with it cumbersome and a burden. Sites like Medium give the writer the ability to focus on writing and publishing, whereas WordPress does not.

Personally, it’s the biggest reason I moved over to Jekyll. Yet the average person doesn’t know how to create a Jekyll site, much less get it on to a server. You could go with something like Ghost, but then you need to know Node.js.

If your goal is to write, have a great reading and writing experience, own your content, and get your site setup quickly, you solution is definitely not WordPress. In fact, you’re attached to another object by an inclined plane, wrapped helically around an axis,2 because it doesn’t exist.

  1. And I promise that’s not even the point of this post. 

  2. The Big Bang Theory way of saying screwed. 

Chris Bowler on Ulysses

Look and feel are important to me when writing. Ulysses and iA Writer both do this well. But I must admit I like that Ulysses allows me to organize my writing, as well as write. Where iA Writer has to be used in tandem with Finder, Ulysses works on its own.

Scrivener has long been the tool that people recommend for writing long content on the Mac. We’re talking novel length work. But seeing as Scrivener is a bit odd in terms of UI and seems to be updated infrequently, I can see Ulysses challenging in this arena. Ulysses nails the Markdown experience and gives a very solid document management toolset as well.

Interesting non-review—according to Chris—of Ulysses. Seems there’s a healthy amount of apps in this space for everyone’s taste.

‘Weekly Pricing for Web Development’

Curtis McHale:

When I’m paid weekly I’m not hoping that you’ll pay me in a timely manner. I was already paid for the week I’m working. So I’m not sweating cash-flow. I’m not trying to dig deep to get other clients and get them to pay deposits (while working for you) to keep that 40% I’m out flowing. I’m simply focused on providing you with value this week.

This model makes so much sense in client services.

‘Insanity’

Ben Brooks on The Brooks Review:

In the end, I just emailed the files to myself and read them, finally, on my iPad.

Insanity.

Ben perfectly articulates a regular problem I have. I hope hand-off—as developers build in support—solves it.

‘Making Fussy Coffee’

Peter Binkowski:

There are a lot of people on the internet that enjoy making fussy coffee. I’m definitely one of them. However, getting into coffee doesn’t have to a pursuit in snobby-ness and complexity. I’ve found a fairly simple setup, that’s inexpensive, and produces better coffee than 80% of the coffee shops out there.

Peter is one of my favorite people. His approach is snobby-ness free,1 and gives excellent recommendations if you’re interested in making a better cup of joe. As he explains, making great coffee doesn’t have to be expensive, and can be made from the comfort of your home.

  1. Which sometimes can be difficult to find with coffee lovers. We can be a bunch of hipsters sometimes. 

Sam Soffes Releases Whiskey Beta

Whiskey is a new Markdown editor that Sam has been working on. I got in on the beta quite early because I love his work. Whiskey is looking to be an awesome app, and Sam has been updating almost daily recently.

The app is great for many reasons, but the most important is this: you can tell it’s been designed and built by someone who writes a lot of Markdown. It makes a difference.

However, his post reminds me that I have to get better at sending him feedback. I don’t want to be one of those douchebags that just brags about being invited to betas without actually helping out.