Why I’m leaving Medium


July 30, 2020

(2 min read)

(this was also published in Medium at the same time, https://medium.com/@polographer/why-im-leaving-medium-9ba6ad327055, writing it here just in case)

All my life as a developer I always had a blog, I like to document strange cases, difficult solutions, things that are not found on page 11 of google. I may not be the best writer but I always try to make it fun.

A couple of occasions I’ve deployed my own solution but in the long term, it caused me more issues like updates, plugins, domain, hosting, in a word; maintenance. so I decided to use a third-party platform. A fair trade of my words for traffic and maybe ads.

Medium promised traffic in exchange for my articles, no ads, good design, simple interface. At the time it looked like a fair trade.

I used to feel like a small contributor

I’m certainly not DHH, I’m not famous or have millions of followers, but from time to time I publish something the people like to read or something that nobody has thought about.

For medium the most popular article is a guide to migrate from PhantomJS to Chrome in java, it may not be rocket science, but it’s useful.

I have other articles that attract some readers, enough to consider myself as a small contributor for Medium catalog of articles.

The walled garden

I understand that companies need to make money, the Medium approach was a semi walled garden at the beginning where they charged for premium features like custom domains, analytics, and other things.

But they changed it, they switched to a full walled garden with a limit of 4 article views for all:

Even if for this month I bring 26 views I get the same treatment as an external

So long and thanks for all the fish

As I told you, I create my articles in exchange for a platform, but I don’t think is a fair trade anymore, at the beginning I didn’t have the 4 read limit and I feel special participating in Medium because what they used to represent, but now even if I technically bring 26 visits and 13 reads this month I have a limit myself of 4 reads.

I don’t think is fair to small contributors. I don’t feel a part of something different where I used to contribute, I feel left out because of this.

If you are reading this, that means you are already on imprint, the new place where I'm going to be writing

Polo Ornelas


Full stack webdev, photographer, technology tester, nintendo fan, anime fan, comic fan, SW fan, alt/indie fan, photoshop skeptic, failed sysadmin and firm beliver in curiosity

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