A Medium vs. WordPress Measure Doesn’t Do Either Platform Justice

Tim Cigelske at Mediashift has an interesting post up that details the results of an experiment he ran by publishing an identical post on both the regular, on-domain WordPress site as well as on MediaShift’s Medium-based blog. Putting aside his comments about which user interface he finds more engaging and informative, the main point is … Continue reading A Medium vs. WordPress Measure Doesn’t Do Either Platform Justice

Medium Admits Making Money Online Is Hard

There's been a lot of conversation, particularly in light of the volume of "fake news" that was spread during the recent election cycle, about whether or not Facebook and Twitter in particular were or weren't media companies. There were compelling arguments on both sides (they actually are) but one thing at least Facebook does not … Continue reading Medium Admits Making Money Online Is Hard

Publishers Lining Up For Medium’s Help

There was a story the other day about how 400 publications have reportedly expressed interest in going all-in on Medium, using that platform to house their site's content and sell memberships and ads. That follows the move by a number of publications to make a similar decision a few months ago, something that heralded Medium’s … Continue reading Publishers Lining Up For Medium’s Help

Medium Wants to be the World’s Op-Ed Page, But We’re Better Off On Our Own

The Washington Post today is talking about Medium and the disruptive role it’s trying to play in the media world, positioning the site as the go-to outlet for politicians, celebrities and others to post their op-eds. There are an increasing number of media outlets who are using Medium as their primary long-form publishing outlet. Backchannel … Continue reading Medium Wants to be the World’s Op-Ed Page, But We’re Better Off On Our Own

Medium needs to decide which side it’s playing on

There's a lot of good discussion about journalistic practices and so on in this CJR piece about a story that recently appeared on Medium, the long-form writing platform founded by the guys behind Twitter. Here's the conclusion, though, which also serves as the nut of the piece:  …until Medium clarifies which pieces contain the full … Continue reading Medium needs to decide which side it’s playing on

Medium begins to grow up

Medium, the online writing platform launched by former Twitter CEO Evan Williams, has come under some criticism in the past for not really knowing what it wants to be when it grows up. But one thing Williams has made clear is that he wants it to be a place where beautiful long-form writing can find … Continue reading Medium begins to grow up

Quick Takes: 5/31/13

This piece about why niche media is important is not only spot-on but also more than a little distressing as it evaluates some recent mainstream foul-ups. But aside from that I think it exemplifies why newspapers in particular missed an opportunity back in 2003 or so to reach out to the emerging independent blogger field … Continue reading Quick Takes: 5/31/13