New post at Medium: “Publish Your First Draft”

Just wanted to stop by to point out that I put up a post at Medium with discusses recent podcasts at The Author Biz with Michael Anderle and T.J. Paul about their writing processes, which could be summarized as “Publish Your First Draft.” (Passive Guy linked to it as well).

first draft

Or, “Why bother editing and revising when these guys are making buckets of money?”

I had been curious about Medium as a publishing platform, and since I was also thinking about these writers, who are making money with their stories in spite of spelling errors, grammatical problems, and other crimes against the English language, I decided to post it there.

Medium was started by a couple of programmers responsible for Blogger. They were discouraged by Google’s unwillingness to improve the service, so they took their warm stock options and left to form Medium.

As a publishing platform, Medium is ultra friendly to beginners. You sign up with your Google / Facebook / Twitter / email accounts, click on Write a New Story, and you see this:

medium new story screen

Click to embiggen.

The key commands are at the bottom, and there are context-sensitive commands available as well.

Adding images are a breeze. Grab one off your desktop, drop it where you want it to go, and it uploads and appears. If you see a green border around the artwork, you can do things to manipulate it (otherwise, you’re in story mode).

No coding required.

There’s even an option where you can create a Publication. This lets you create a website with menus for each subject, and a workflow where people can contribute to it through you so you can edit the posts.

They even have an option to migrate your WordPress site over to it, and for a fee you can use your own URL and other features.

Don’t get me wrong; I like WordPress (coming from Blogger and Expression Engine, how could I not?). But despite its ease of use, it is still complex enough to discourage writers who didn’t grow up programming. To have a nice-looking website, you can use themes, but they still demand some tweaking to make them look a little more personal.

Medium doesn’t have much room for personality except in your writing and in the images you upload. But for ease of use, it’s fantastic.

So long as the site’s in business, that is, and that is it’s weakness. A writer interested in the long haul wants to own the website. If you have your site on Blogger or Blogspot (like Paperback Writer), chances are it’ll stay around as long as Google is up and running.

But if you’re just starting and don’t want to jump into your own website yet, Medium’s worth checking out.