While I agree with your observation, I have to add the question

“Why is everybody writing the same stories about everybody writing the same stories?”

Seeing as how your first article dates back to this February, welcome noobie! Each year, people who are new to Medium go through the same five stages:

If you do a search like “complaints about Medium,” you will see entries that date back to 2014, if not further (once I got back that far, I stopped scrolling down myself, just to demonstrate piss poor research). Examples can be seen here, here, here, here, here… well, you get the idea.

Having gone through the same process as you, I wrote a self-deprecating response to the people responding to the crap they see on Medium:

But for true entertainment, allow me to share with you two of the funniest writers on Medium who have experienced the same frustration that you and I and everyone else has felt. They turned that frustration into brilliant parodies that inspired me and many others to following in their paths. I catalogued all their writings on the subject here:

The question is not why Medium sucks, but how to get the most out of your own personal experience. What’s your goal?

If you are interested in building a large following, you could read a ton of articles by content marketers like this all-time beauty.

Or you could read parodies on how to become a successful writer on Medium, which secretly teach you how to become an authentic writer.

Or, you could learn how to navigate through Medium to get the most out of it, a passage I have lifted from one of the smartest people I know, who goes out of his way to tout the great writings of others:

Here’s a thought: spend more time exploring Medium.

Step 1: do a search for a topic you like. Seriously, people, if you can Google “best fire retardants to use when extracting flaming gerbils* from your ass,” I think you can type into the space next to the magnifying glass icon and find a topic.

Step 2: read through the comments. There’s gold in them thar hills. I can’t tell you how many great writers I have found by reading their comments. If they can write something hilarious or thought provoking in a paragraph or two, there’s a good chance they’ve got the goods. Which leads me to the final step in getting your Cub scout badge in finding online nourishment:

Step 3: read profiles to find articles they have written. Just scroll down through their writing history (or, if they have one, a personal archive located just below their profile). And take the time to read a few articles. I’m sure you’ll find something you will like, even if you find a dud once in a while. Hell, one of my favorite stories about my dad has been almost completely ignored by the readers of Coffeelicious. Could 94,000 people all be wrong? F*ck yeah, they are. That’s what writers do. We speak to our truth, regardless of whether anyone else likes it.

If you enjoyed this article, please show your love and RECOMMEND THEIR STORIES, NOT MINE.

I’ve already got my little group of friends on Medium; I don’t need any more attention.

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Ad agency creative director, writer & designer at https://guttmanshapiro.com. Former pro tennis player and peak performance coach for professional athletes.

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