Why cross-post to Medium?

Why cross-post to Medium?

Medium is both blogging interface and network. Just like Tumblr is. Any reason you don’t cross post to Tumblr? Or to Facebook Posts?

I see your posts here, and sometimes like them. But I don’t think of them as real posts. I know you’re cross posting, and I know you don’t really engage here. I’ll go to your site directly and comment if I feel strongly about it. If I were to link to a post of yours, I’d link to the URL on your site.

I enjoy Medium-the-blogging-interface and post my long form writing to a publication, with my own domain. I recommend it to people. Even without getting your own domain, if it makes people hit publish rather than not blogging, that’s great.

There are various other interface features I like. Responses are better than comments for me-the-commenter. More like a reblog on Tumblr. I’d never write something this long in your comments. Highlights, Twitter and other embeds.

I also enjoy Medium-the-network. I did see your post here and am responding to it. I use it a bit like an RSS reader of old, the discovery is pretty good, and I follow several tags. I don’t think a lot of people know about tag following, and I find good stuff from it. I can recommend something. I can highlight good passages.

But all of these network features mean you need to hang out here.

Do you want a few extra views? Do you consider it a service for Medium-the-network? Then maybe you should cross post.

But it feels like more work for you, and it isn’t your real site.

If I were to try and answer the question for some other random blogger who isn’t Brad Feld, who just wants to capture a few extra eyeballs and clicks, I’d say No! Please don’t cross-post. And I’d ask Medium to tweak their algorithm to down vote cross posts.

It’s been fun after 15 years of blogging to have these types of meta discussions again.

Boris Mann @boris