Medium Diversions

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Beautiful words

Writing at Medium should be a pleasure, a place to write without censure, self or otherwise. We should write what we want when we want, for whoever wishes to read our words.

But it’s not quite that simple, is it?

Pesky little questions about distribution and money keep rearing their ugly heads here and quite frankly, Medium’s answers to those questions leave many authors with more questions and outright skepticism of Medium.

As transparent as Medium say they are, they have a habit of leaving murky waters in the wake of any announced changes.

Distribution Devolution

Medium recently informed us that they’ve changed the way distribution works. They clarify that “most stories published on Medium are now eligible for distribution across the network.”

They further clarify:

  • Our stories no longer need to be curated or distributed;
  • There is no waiting period for curation review and approval;
  • Our stories have always been distributed to our followers, which hasn’t changed;
  • Stories are distribution eligible at the time of publishing;
  • They will no longer inform us when our stories are distributed.

I have questions.

If our stories no longer need to be curated or distributed, then how are our stories distribution eligible at the time of publishing? (especially since our stories have always been distributed to our followers and that hasn’t changed?) Also, if stories are no longer distributed, why would we expect that Medium would inform us when our stories are distributed?

Also, what the hell does distribution really mean? I read their recently updated “About Medium’s distribution system,” which tells me all the places my stories may appear.

If Medium no longer needs to curate or distribute, then why do they have an article outlining their distribution standards in their Help Center?

Explaining in an article about their distribution system that Medium looks for high editorial standards, value for the reader, and a good reading experience, among other…

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