Is Medium Creating Bad Writers?

By promoting writers who publish several times a week, the online blogging sphere encourages anyone to publish anything — even if that means bad writing.

Andrea Duran

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Medium and most other social media platforms favor those who post daily causing each of us to rush to the finish line at all costs.

Medium is not unique in the fact that it wants more users and it wants users to spend as much time as possible on the website creating traffic. In order to effectively do this, you must be posting consistently (preferably daily), highlighting, commenting, and following. The problem is it forces everyone to post as much as they can, as quickly as they can, and it usually does not represent their best work. Not unless there is some sort of financial prize involved. The Medium Writer’s Challenge of 2021 produced some of the best writing I had seen on the blogger’s platform in a long time. Why? Because everyone was trying. It became about producing the best-written, most heartfelt piece, not the most pieces in the shortest amount of time.

Everyone is supporting (and silently competing) with one another to be the most popular writer, instead of the strongest writer.

For months, I have seen popular bloggers with a variety of grammatical mistakes, pointless articles, and incredibly derivative, repetitive content. One writer promised in her article that she had “four mind-blowing techniques to staying healthy.” Two of them were the exact same techniques with different wording and the other two stated, “sleeping and drinking 50 ounces of water.”

By the way, we should be all be drinking 64 ounces of water minimum and possibly more, depending on our weight and activity level but whatever.

The point is that Medium encourages anyone to publish anything they have as quickly as possible and they will immediately reward you for it. This is not a problem if Medium serves as an online outlet where you are able to enjoy expressing yourself whenever you want. But, I feel the platform is turning strong writers into lazy ones. (By the way, this article is lazy too but you’ll see why I published it at…

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Andrea Duran

Writer | Self-Development | Mental Health | Addiction | Fiction | B.A. Eng/Pysch | Addiction Counselor | Certified Hot Mess | https://linktr.ee/dreabookjunkie