Slate.com writer Matthew Yglesias wrote an article about how he now understands Medium.com and how it’s one of the best tools for writers on the internet. After reading his article, I wanted to experience Medium.com for myself and form my own opinion.
Upon first arriving at the site, I saw a bunch of Twitter-like Tweets on the front page, with statements similar to what you’d expect to see on Twitter.
These taglines all include an estimated reading time with them, and I found one that seemed interesting (not the Do Epic Shit one, because everything I do is epic shit anyway).
What I found is that I really like the format of the site as a reader. The post was organized in bullet-point fashion and with each new point came a picture of a book in the background that faded as you continued to read the passage.
After you finish reading a contribution by a fellow writer, there’s a link at the bottom for the next trending Medium.com or you can go back and search through different tags to find work under a tag or under an author’s name.
If I’m going to evaluate Medium.com as a reader alone, I think it’s interesting. There are a lot of things on here I’d like to flit through and read. I like how there’s a description of the author at the bottom of each page and how it seems very easy to get lost in reading one entry and then the next with the continuous linking feature at the end. Next is to test out how Medium.com is from a writer’s perspective.
That’s when I hit my first problem. Medium.com links to your Twitter account, which is probably why the front page is reminiscent of Tweets, and I don’t have one of those. That’s right, I’m one of THOSE people. So now to sign up for Medium.com I’d have to go create a Twitter. Am I that committed to this blog? Yes. Yes I am. Consequently, if anyone wishes, you can now follow me at ThePandaBard on Twitter. I probably won’t tweet anything, but now it exists.
After doing all the usual sign up stuff (registering, confirming, etc.), Medium.com has a plethora of different Twitter like things to follow. I went through the list and picked a few interesting ones and continued onto Medium.com to try and find how I’m supposed to actually write and share ideas on this website.
Once I got to the editing interface of Medium.com, I was impressed. We here at The Poetics Project use WordPress, which has a fairly complex interface as far as blogging goes in comparison to other blogging platforms like Blogger (which I have also used in the past), but I haven’t seen anything as simple and as clean as Medium.com’s interface. Having something simple and so independent on coding lets people concentrate on writing more than formatting, which is the point of Medium.com.
All in all, I would say Medium.com is a great tool for its intended purpose, but I don’t know if I’d use the site much. I have this blog to write in, journals, and now apparently a Twitter account I can tweet at. If you love Twitter and you love simple blogging, Medium.com is a great site that really lets you concentrate on your words because it makes everything gorgeous for you without much work on your end. It’s also a good place to get feedback from fellow users. I can see why Matthew Yglesias of Slate.com really enjoyed Medium.com and gave it such a high recommendation as being one of the best writing tools for writer’s on the internet.
You can follow Amanda on Twitter @ThePandaBard, on Pinterest @ThePandaBard, or on Medium @ThePandaBard. You can also find her research on Academia.Edu at Cpp.Academia.Edu/MandaRiggle.