I have a self hosted blog currently, and I’m considering posting it on medium.com

I blog mostly for fun and I have not tried to monetize it. Are there any reasons to not use medium?

What about alternatives like substack?

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    I’m not making a Medium account just to read some half assed blog post. That’s my biggest gripe with the service.

    It’s not like running a Ghost instance is particularly hard or resource consuming.

    I personally like the static site generator blogs people host on GitHub Pages, at least those don’t demand my personal information just to read a blog post.

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    Please continue running your own blog. Don’t give some other company “free” content.

    I hate that the entire modern internet is controlled by a few corporates.

    The downsides to running your own blog are lack of technical knowledge/interest, and reduced monetization. Since you’ve already overcome the problem of technical knowledge, and you aren’t looking for monetization, please continue running your own blog.

    As for visibility, maybe your could start sharing links on lemmy? Perhaps you could start a dedicated community of your own if you’re hesitant to post it on other existing communities.

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    I liked Medium for a while, but now I avoid it like the plague. Too much junk and too many paywalls it’s not worth bothering. I’m more likely clicking on anything else when it shows up in my search results.

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      There’s so many junk bloggers who make a small blog to become known or have it on their linkedin… when most of their posts are max two paragraphs. I don’t blame medium there, but they did lose the premium feel in my book.

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    It requires an email to even read the first article, or at least has appeared to any time I’ve tried to go over there and read stuff

    Most places that do that, I am fine putting my email into, sometimes even paying for them, but for some reason I don’t understand, medium.com has some kind of anti Feng shui that makes me just hit the back button annoyed any time I click on an article and the thing pops up. It’s like somehow their web site design has it timed and positioned at the perfect psychological moment to create irritation

    It is purely irrational and purely only my personal reaction to it but that is how I react to it

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    I used to really like medium, cool articles written by interesting people, looked nice enough and i had fun giving like 20 thumbs up lol.

    But then it went super walled, paywall for everything and its like they tried super hard to monetize. And truth is, ive never visited it since. Maybe the ocasional article, but even with an account im like urgh ill just lool elsewhere

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    If I was one of your readers, I’d much rather read on your self-hosted blog (bonus points if there’s RSS)… But I’m not. Since I’m neither a reader, nor the one who defines what fun means to you, I’m not sure my—and other commenters’—words should have too much bearing in your decision.

    I say, do what makes you (and your readers) happiest. Even if medium is by some measure bad, I’d guess it’s “only” about as bad as every other closed-up commercial option—I think they all suck. Look into what you actually care about, though, e.g. privacy, then make your own call.

    For what it’s worth, I agree with people saying medium is almost inexplicably annoying. I consider myself a patient person most of the time, yet nothing kills my interest in an article faster than seeing websites like medium full of dark-patterned cookie banners and popups and newsletters and signups on the other side of a link.

    But maybe we’re simply the wrong crowd to ask.

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    I just skip Medium due to the walled garden. Even worse than Reddit. I have never come across a link to substack… are they an even higher wall that search engines are stymied by?

    I fail to get why you think putting your stuff on Medium is a good idea.

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      The appeal I see in medium is more visibility for my content. I write for fun anyways, would be cool for more people to see it.

      • I’m liking Medium less lately because of the number of pop-ups. I have to close three, maybe two sometimes, to get to the content.

        I get the appeal of visibility, but I’d still suggest trying a WriteFreely instance; you’ll get (and support) federation, and you can still self-promote on Lemmy and Mastodon - I’ve yet to see any real push-back on self-promotion, unless it’s a controversial position, such as taking a strong stance on a divisive topic and acting as if you’re an authority when you aren’t. And even then, the push-back is the same whether or not it was self-promoted.

        I never come across Medium articles unless someone creates a Lemmy or Mastodon post linking to it, anyway, so I’m guess you’re expecting higher visibility on the Facebook/X platforms?

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    Pop-up riddled shit that annoys anyone who tries to read it. Substack is apparently riddled with Nazis, but then that was a characteristic I heard here, so take that with a pinch of salt.

    Maybe github pages?

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    When you highlight text on Medium, it pops up a little bubble thing.

    I HATE that.

    I can’t read online without casually highlighting random bits as I go. Not sure why I do, but I do.

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    While I understand the content on medium is different per author, I associate it with poor quality content. It may pop up in search results, but I actively avoid the results because of the association. Point being, the exposure you get may not be the type you want.

    Also don’t forget your content will be subject to the user experience medium decides to provide. I think it’s already subpar with it being full of popups and prompts to register and pay for an account, but consider how companies constantly enshittfy. You are giving away the control of how you are represented.

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    Medium has gone to shit after a few years. I’ve been a blogger since 2000s and jump to new platforms just to check it out.

    It was a good alternative for blogging in like 2015. But then it fell into rage bait where they promote shitty hot takes for engagement. Around 2019, it’s where marketers post to brag about their products to each other. Now it’s just AI garbage.

    Substack has a whole “we believe in free speech except when we don’t”. They have no problem hosting white supremacy. So your content will share digital real estate with some spicy posts.

    Since it’s for fun, if you want the bare minimum… Go with the old school blogging tools. Blogger. Or WordPress.com. Or do longform posting on mastadon. Or find a Lemmy community and do long posts.

    If you want to own your data, it’s pretty easy to buy a server and set up WordPress. (Mine cost like $15/year).

    If youre a developer, it’s also easy to get free hosting. My other blog is on eleventy using markdown files, and runs on a free Oracle cloud instance.

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    I have been trying to get into Medium for a while now. It seems okay but lacks a lot quality content and their website somehow do not give me recent blogs. The site always gives me blogs from 2017-2020, never from 2024.

    The site is immensely paywalled, almost all articles are paid. Now if the articles/ content was actually decent, I might’ve paid. However, sadly it is not and there’s a way to read the premium articles for free. So there’s that.

    Been trying to find other places to read blogs but can’t seem to find a good place.