The website sucks. It's crippled without JS, and squirmy and laggy when JS is enabled. Either way, it's very heavy on the network pipe.
Medium is in business of driving traffic, which means the content is likely to be mediocre.
It's content that is looking for an audience, as my comment's sibling states. Which means that it is probably not that compelling, otherwise the audience would find it.
It's written by someone who can't be bothered to set up their own website without all of these mis-features, nor understands the importance of doing so.
And for all of these reasons, the opinion of someone who publishes on Medium is worth a lot less to me.
The same goes for businessinsider.com, wsj.com, patch.com, nymag.com and all those other shitty sites that make me regret visiting them the moment I arrive. There can't be anything relevant enough on there that I can't live without. Just a big waste of my time and network resources.
I've blacklisted them in my hosts file, and haven't looked back.
Fun Fact: A single Medium blog page downloads more code and data than a multi user ERP & Accounting system I wrote for a large company back in the 80's (in terms of MB).
It always puzzled me how did they manage to get the amount of visitors they get? Is it just overabundance of marketing type people among Medium users that would spam their blogs to all corners of the Web?
It's an SPA. What did you expect? That's the new M.O., unless you're a 90's relic like myself, in which case I appreciate your point but times change.
A blog is not one of these use cases; it is exactly a collection of pages.
Trying to read a string of comments on Medium results in a bunch of unnecessary clicks and page reloads. I guess it's upping their click count..
The way I see it, medium doesn't want to be a forum, but to have people write the full articles. Even those who respond.
Yes, that's the problem.
> What did you expect?
Technology to be used in an appropriate manner to achieve business goals.
> That's the new M.O.
...for apps, yes. This isn't an app, it's a blog. Of all the things on the internet that could be handled by a static page of HTML and CSS with maybe some JS to offer extra features, this is it.
If you write good content and are consistent, it isn't that difficult to drive traffic to your own blog.
Blogging is easy with a good static site generator and netlify (free).
I'm fine for writing in a spot I can get exposure, but you better pay me. Medium does pay a subset of their writers. I know when they started The Nib, they paid political cartoonists like Matt Bors. So they paid a small group to get others to contribute. They're pretty much the new Huffington Post.