I read this morning’s issue of The Edition and I have to say, I think the idea of the new Medium model is great.
I’m a new writer here. Before writing for Medium, I never thought about my writing in terms of money or algorithms. I mostly just wrote because I wanted to talk about my crappy childhood, make sense of my sobriety, and help my fat friends become fit.
When I joined Medium, I was shocked at the emphasis on certain types of headlines. The competition for curation with such titles was a world that, while I was actually a little excited about joining, I felt it took something away from my craft.
I figured I could sacrifice the headline of a piece if it got the reader to the nuts and berries, and I was fine with that.
Then, my first ever story got curated “Want to Run a Marathon? Don’t Start with a 5k.”
I did get some disagreeing comments on the piece, which I expected, but then weeks later I was looking through the stats and found the article was shared on Twitter. Curious, I clicked the link, and lo and behold, some guy was bitching about me and my “clickbait titles.”
I hate clickbait titles. Do you think I want to start a piece with “how to” or “seven ways?” I’m playing the internet game just as much as anyone.
I haven’t been playing it as long as everyone, though. My pride and unwillingness to do things that are mainstream have left me very unsuccessful in life in many areas.
I changed my strategy because the old one wasn’t working. It pissed me off that some dude was bashing me for doing something I actually hated to do.
If the goal here is to get people less focused on clickbait, garbage internet titles, I’m all about it. Onward with the new! There are so many unique voices here. I’m glad more people will get the opportunity to be heard.