10 Years Of Medium: Tell Me Which Story Changed Your Life and Why?
I learnt about Medium by accident through a work colleague in October 2017.
And as soon as I went online to check out the platform, I was hooked. Unlike the paywalls to which I paid huge sums (The Times, The Guardian, The New York Times), it wasn’t pricey and it was readily accessible.
It also didn’t matter that the writing was quite generic back then, all that mattered was the very concept of Medium: a space devoted to writing about anything that caught your fancy.
Even when applauding articles meant that writers would get paid, I always made sure that I gave the full whack, all the time, every time.
Back then, I never saw myself as a writer.
But it wasn’t until I read the most definitive article ever, that I knew I had to put words in sentences and paragraphs.
And for this, I remain indebted to Julio Vincent Gambuto
It was he who wrote what could be described as the era defining article.
For months on end, I would go back to reread his post by way of making the connection with all would be readers.
He is the reason for the article which really broke me into Medium and he is precisely why I write all the time — in the hope that I will produce something near qualitative.
While I have had the great pleasure of reading some amazing folks here, people whose work deserves all the props in the universe, I doubt very much if anyone would top the man who spoke for millions across the world in those crazy days, weeks and months.
But back to the subject of this post: in ten years of Medium, tell me which article has changed your life and why?
I ask this question for I truly believe that there isn’t a better platform in this whole wide world devoted the business of the written word.
Certainly much better than Substack, Vocal, Simile and the other pretenders out there.
Do you share this view? Let me know what you think.
Thanks very much for reading.