Why Didn’t You Post on Medium?

I’d be lying if I said the Medium vs. WordPress debate didn’t come up as I decided where to host this blog.

With almost 100% of the design community taking roost on Medium and writing their hot takes every time they feel like it over there, it sounds strange of me to buck the trend and rough it out through WordPress (and miss out on the social networking and stuff).

But I’ve got serious reasons why I decided to self-host Hey Design Thinker (HDT) on WordPress and be my own man.

I didn’t want to be part of a blogging community that often feels crowded and, at its worst, cacophonous. I didn’t want to deal with people who will pronounce user research as “overrated” and then see it (rightfully) debunked to pieces the other day.  It almost feels like emotional whiplash when you think about it, and it makes you wonder which of these really detailed pieces are truly right and truly wrong.

An image showing Medium.com's blogging screen
A draft post on Medium (as seen over Medium.com)

All of that to say… I have a love-hate relationship with Medium.

To be fair, though, there’s some good writing happening on Medium and I’d be terrible not to acknowledge it.

Some UX and design writers have come up with thought-provoking pieces, foremost of which is the widely acclaimed piece “The Dribbblisation of Design“, among many others. Organizations who use Medium for their corporate blogging efforts do put out some really amazing content, and it’s usually here where you find the gold in the goldmine.

Still, it takes some really hard digging to get to the good ones. I guess it’s just what it takes to find the article that makes your heart skip a beat. They’re out there, though. They just have to be found!


Published by Jem

Jem is a UX practitioner who builds insightful, creative and usable digital experiences. A journalist by trade, he transitioned to digital media upon discovering its power to create compelling (longform) stories that captivate and motivate. Today, he combines both UX research and strategy to design digital experiences that people love.

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