Medium was shown as a recommended app in Google Play Store. It had a good rating and was an app for reading and writing. So I thought, why not. Upon installing and opening the app for the first time, I instantly fell in love with it. It is essentially a platform for reading and writing, and it is very good at it.
I loved reading on Medium. The UI is clean and beautiful. On the home page, articles are divided into categories, which is done by way of tags. You can search articles with a specific tag as well. You can follow other users, publications, and tags. You can bookmark articles as well for future reading or reference. If you’re using the app, you can even take advantage of dark mode, which changes the accent of the whole interface from white to black, which is a useful feature to have.
You can comment on an article as a whole or comment on a certain part of it. Inline commenting is very useful as it gives a context to the comment. Then there is “recommend”, which is equivalent to WordPress’s “like”. But it is more than that. On a user’s profile, you can see what they have recommended, and it also plays a role in determining the position of the article in the presentation of articles on Medium. You can also “highlight” parts of an article.
I loved writing on Medium. Even now, when I read an article on Medium, I am compelled to write. The UI is clean, distraction free, intuitive, and beautiful. The editor is a WYSIWYG one. There are no categories, just tags; and three tags per post. A post can be published in a publication or independent ones.
This is a nice feature Medium has – separating publications and users. A publication can have multiple contributors, and when you click on their pen name, it does not take you to a blog, but to their profile, which shows all the articles written by them, for any number of publications and as independent ones, and also their comment, highlights and recommendations.
But I left Medium for WordPress, which is a Content Management System, more than a reading-writing platform. Medium was not for me. Yes, I loved it. But read, write, and you’re done. That’s not all I want. I want more. The lack of widgets, static pages, rich menus, custom appearance, and the option to only link to Twitter and Facebook (as in by using the icons in a social menu) are some of the things that I could not settle with.
Convenience and Flexibility, both have a price. Pick one and pay the other as the price.
What do you think?