Yeah, I agree with pretty much everything you said, Joe.
But there’s one thing I’ve never understood: why do people read the homepage? I mean, personally, I’ll check out the writers I follow if they’re written something and pick articles that intrigue me.
Medium’s homepage was always 90% garbage. Whether it was the same old BIG writers or the shitty, low-quality pieces, I’ve never relied on what Medium suggested.
Apart from this, everything else you said is sadly true. No quality, no virality, no money. The referral program is a fucking joke. The only good thing Medium did this year was bonuses – which are gone now.
Well, we’ll see how bad it gets – and if it gets better after that.