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Early observations on having a post featured as an Editorial Pick on Medium

Over the weekend, I wrote an article on Medium that I’d been thinking about for a while. It attracted some attention, and Sunday, a Medium editor contacted me and said:

Medium editorNeat! Kate emailed me and sent me a copy of my article in Word with a bunch of edits. This including a few paragraphs of cuts that were anecdotes that I thought added some color to the piece.

As a long-time published writer, I’m very familiar with edits, so this wasn’t a problem for me; however, as a new medium that seems to have it’s origins in blogging and social networks, this editorial innput felt a bit odd and misplaced. I mean, I used to run The Unofficial Apple Weblog. I was a “professional” blogger for years, where the whole point was to crank out the information faster and better than anyone else, slight stylistic wordiness here and there be damned. This editor input on a post that I’d written gratis for fun seemed very misplaced. Note: I’m not complaining here; I’m just making an observation.

So that’s my first observation. My next observation after being featured on the homepage of Medium for over a day is that Medium still doesn’t get much traffic (and they don’t appear to have the most precise tracking tools in place):

Stats for my Medium piece. Meh.

Stats for my Medium piece. Meh.