That may or may not be true. Medium lists everything posted as a published “story.”
Every response one writes, whether it is to praise and promote the work of an unknown writer, correct someone else’s poor use of Yiddish, ask a person a thoughtful question, push back against some asshole’s attempt to shit on others, or to playfully engage with one’s friends as they riff about piñatas or the Lakers (wait… aren’t those two the same things?) still counts as a story.
On the other hand, many writers may have published stories that number in the tens or hundreds, because they just write their story and ignore everyone else’s work.These are people who are trying to cultivate a brand, or get others to subscribe to their newsletter and then buy whatever they’re trying to sell. This include many people who actually write dreck but have the arrogance to call it “original,” “newsworthy,” or “wisdom.”
I think some of the most hilarious and original content I’ve read on Medium comes as a result of the writers coming together on this site in the comments sections. Without the Medium community, it would have been impossible to create two collective books, The Grammar Games and The Tao of Blogging.
While we could agree that having thousands of posts on Medium is a sign that one spends too much time on the site and needs to go out more, it is also a sign of being an active and passionate member of an online community where we make friends with people because of our humor, intellect and shared passion for writing, instead of some public place where the selection process is based on chemically altering one’s brain function or sharing one’s political perspective (wait… aren’t those two the same things?).
Okay. Please carry on with skewering Ohio, a state that probably deserves more abuse (given its ability to determine three of the last five presidential elections) than anywhere except Florida.
A member of the 2,500 post club