Why I Installed Medium (and then uninstalled and reinstalled again)

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Having a blog since 2010 makes me didn’t want another blogging platform simply because I can’t put both legs on more than one blog. I am truly realized that I am not that productive to post regularly. If so, why should I have to have a new one?

Talking about the blog post, which I considered as long-form random writing, I even can not upload something in Facebook status just as long as the blog post like almost everybody does. I just can’t do it whether because I can’t distinguish between where to post a long piece or I just want to collect all of my random-long writing just in one place. On the contrary, whenever a new writing platform appears, I didn’t bother to try.

Medium was one of those new blogging platforms I ever tried. I once saw it because somebody on Twitter shared the link. I have to admit that my first impression about Medium was it has a beautiful and neat interface I love. It is kind of blog site theme I always crave for.

It is a mobile blogging application that allows you to write and post at any time and anywhere just a snap away. Besides, Medium has an appreciation feature just like other platforms have (such likes, loves, favourites or upvotes) but in the form of “claps”.

Claps is an obvious act of appreciation. It beyond “likes, loves” or other forms of preferences. Claps has the effort to express how much we admire something—mostly a work—and it appears visibility with motion and sound. It feels more engaging.

I thought I would have a long last relationship with this blogging platform. But I was wrong. Days after I installed and sign it up on my phone, I rarely opened it. Finally, I have the urge to uninstalled and entirely forget about it.

The ultimate problem why I wasn’t enjoyed with Medium is I feel “alone”. I found it difficult to search my circle in Medium. When you are a total newbie, all it can do is to give you recommendation by your claps or reading preferences. But no, you won’t find any of your friends in the recommendation author or so.

But why do I have to find my friends? Why it is so important for (an anti-social person like) me?

The reason is that most of (social) media do it. So I simply used to it. I feel more comfortable when my digital circle also there—while the choice to follow is always optional. I feel “home” even to read a piece from somebody I used to know from another platform who actually “nobody” in my real life. At that point, I always wonder if I meet my friends in Medium and share joy together.

If the friend's circle is exceptional, then Medium has the chance to win everybody’s heart. I myself love to read random issues by random people and give claps occasionally. Thus, I think I am going to give claps more often and spend my time longer than before.

Even if I only posted a single piece since then, sometimes I love to spend my time read on Medium because they have tons of piece about start-ups, relationship, books and other random stuff. That last thing is the reason why I reinstalled Medium.[]