Medium has pivoted again and its success could hold the key for a more sustainable online publishing industry. Even if it fails, it won't mean the death of publishing.
One of Jeff Jarvis' suggestions for creating a more sustainable news publishing industry is to treat journalism as a service, rather than as a commodity content factory. That appeals to me and I hope that is what the future holds.
Don't use services you don't control as your primary way to share with the world. Facebook can't censor your blog posts. Publish important stuff on your platforms.
Do fewer people trust bloggers the more people take to the Web to publish their thoughts and use their newfound publishing platforms to pitch their products, services and talents?
Maybe Medium isn't a publishing platform. Perhaps it's really just a fancy RSS reader?
An open source WordPress app on all platforms is good news for the open Web in a time when there seem to be more high walls around platforms.
I've been thinking about why people use ad blockers and paying attention to how publishers are responding to the ad blocker phenomenon. I spent almost 4 days researching and writing this article series (with borderline pneumonia to boot) and I am pretty pleased with it.
I love that there are so many options for people who want to publish their words online these days. I was researching a topic for a blog post for the imonomy blog (I am employed by imonomy as a Content Marketing Specialist) and my colleague, Shirley Pattison (read her stuff, she writes about fascinating topics),…