This is a short post. Part I explains why I tried out Medium, and then why I left. Part II are links to things I published there that you may have missed.
Well, after two weeks of publishing on Medium.com, I’m back. The short answer for why is that Medium is messy.
The main reason I switched to Medium – this site is hosted on WordPress – was because I wanted to experiment with shorter posts, and thought a new place might help. These posts are longer, and a new environment can shift how someone works. J.K. Rowling moved to a castle to finish Harry Potter.*
While I’m no Rowling, I thought the change would be good – and it was, okay.
I didn’t dislike Medium, but I didn’t like it either. Writing there delineated parts of my process that I hadn’t noticed. For example, I use Markdown for links to my other posts. This process makes my writing a lot faster. Not until I switched to Medium did I realize how much faster.
I should have expected this. B.J. Novak and Casey Neistat both mentioned that software doesn’t matter as much as what you do with it. That’s obvious. The key part is that I could do a lot more, better, with what I was using. Novak writes in Word because he can do a lot more.
Medium is also messy, a few people reached out to say they didn’t like wading through the mess to find what I wrote. Besides being flattered, I felt the same way. Sometimes I would get notifications for articles like “How to use Snapchat emojis” or “3 ideas for the future.” Meh.
This blog is back, (back baby!) and will look like this: long form posts on Mondays and Wednesdays. Friday will be the post that goes along with my podcast. I’m finishing Season 1 of Mike’s Notes, you can see all the episodes at Soundcloud, iTunes, or Overcast.
I’m outlining Season 2 right now and am really excited about it.
Besides writing a book that debunks the surviror bias in startups, here are the other posts I published.
3 Things I Learned:
3 Things I Learned from Bob Seawright. Don’t be complacent with your decision making.
3 Things I Learned from Gary Vaynerchuk. Good things take time.
3 Things I Learned from DHH. What scripts do you follow? What scripts should you follow?
011 Finish Line Fallacy. Don’t run someone else’s race.
012 Constraints. Don’t look at limits as a bad thing.
Thanks for reading, I’m @mikedariano on Twitter.
*technically Rowling wrote at the Balmoral Hotel.