I recently rediscovered Medium, a minimalist publishing platform created by Twitter co-founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone. The platform debuted in 2012 with the goal becoming “a new place on the Internet where people share ideas and stories that are longer than 140 characters and not just for friends.” Stone and Williams wanted it to be “simple, beautiful, [and] collaborative,” a service for “little stories that make your day better and manifestos that change the world.”
An inveterate beta tester, I checked out Medium as soon as I could, but it lacked a critical mass of interesting content to hold my attention for long. That has certainly changed. Today’s Medium holds well-constructed thought pieces on Pop Culture, Sous Vide Cooking, Political Debates and everything in between. Some of these essays little time to consume; others buck the current snackable content trend and return the reader to a time when you sat down to explore every nuanced nook and cranny of a discussion or debate.
I enjoy Medium’s clean interface as a reader. A few of my favorite articles from the last week include:
- This is Your Brain on Mobile
- The Myth of the Brainstorming Session
- Miley: A Model for Cultural Appreciation
- Why You Should Seek Quite Every Day
I also appreciate its uncluttered publishing tools as a writer. I’ve yet to produce my first piece of writing there, but that’s mostly because I want to ensure it’s something good. I’ve read so much quality writing on Medium that I want to ensure my own contribution doesn’t lessen that quality on the whole.