And your metered paywall isn't part of my story, Medium

By Sidney Liebrand on Jun 10, 2019  •  2 min read

Lately I've been getting more and more annoyed by the way Medium decides to do things. Some time ago they decided to make everything premium, so after reading 5 stories you'd be greeted with something like:

The reader paywall message on medium that appears after 5 posts
The reader paywall message on medium that appears after 5 posts

While this sucks, it's not uncommon for "premium" content to be paywalled. My problem with this setup is that I do not consider my content "premium" at all.

I'm not saying that I think my posts are bad, but rather that I want everyone to be able to take an unobstructed stroll through my list of posts and read whatever they like, any amount of times they like. All without asking for a single penny.

Medium however, does not care about anything that is "free" or "open" at all. Seeing as every time I open one of my stories on Medium, the following message appears at the top:

The metered paywall message on medium
The metered paywall message on medium

"Only you can see this message"

At first, I tried to close the popup. But of course, I should have known that it would not be that simple, seeing as they are trying to get me to make my stories paid so they can benefit too.

Re-appearing message across page reloads

Medium really seems to want authors to read this message I guess. Since after reloading the page, the message re-appears, every. single. time. After trying to ignore it for a while, this popup started getting under my skin. I decided to learn some more and found one barely two-line paragraph of text that caught my eye:

Stories that are not part of the paywall will only be distributed to your followers, and are not eligible to earn money.

So just because I do not want to make my stories part of a paywall, they aren't shared to anyone except my followers? Hmmn… 🤦‍♂

Time for a change

Being fed up with Medium tripping over its own ego, it is time for a change. Having my own website now means that I am no longer bound by some platform that forces or annoys me to do their bidding, refusing to share my stories otherwise.

I enjoyed what Medium stood for in the past, but in the present it has become just another casual pay-2-view website.

This is why I decided to unsub from Medium. The content that exists there will stay and all new content that I post here will have a link shared on Medium for those who follow me.

Enjoy reading ad-, tracker-, and subscription-free on my website, forever.

Sidney Liebrand

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