There’s a new thing I’m trying out at Medium. It’s kind of hard to explain what Medium is, but I really like the formatting, and because of the way the site is configured, it’s possible to attract a lot of attention if you’re good. In fact, the opportunity may exist to greatly expand the number of people who see my work. The folks who set it up originally started Blogger and then sold it to Google for a bazillion dollars, so maybe they don’t have their heads up their asses. One can hope.
What I’ve done so far is to select a few essays from this blog for republishing at Medium. Above is the top part of what my profile page looks like for the moment. That’s my Twitter “bio” just below. Farther down where you can’t see is a list of what I’ve posted, all pieces from JHFARR.COM so far, but that will change. They have a very slick Web interface for composing that’s fun to use—especially with photos—and I’m playing around with it to stir up some dust.
Fabulous. Get your work out there. And congratulations on your anniversary. Keep having fun. Why not?
I was just reading stuff at Medium. All good. It may be the thing that makes me get a Twitter account …. Where did you find out about it?
Right, you need a Twitter account to participate. I’m a huge Twitter fan, so let’s not get me started. 🙂 But Medium: It’s barely been around six months. In the beginning it was invitation-only, and now anyone can join. I think if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find plenty of third-rate content, but there are a number of pros posting there and some writers are getting paid. Check out the Editor’s Choice collection.
I learned about it via Twitter, of course. One of the young D.C. journos I follow (@mattyglesias) tweeted about an article he’d posted there.