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How We Can Keep Medium From Becoming a Negative Cesspool

Guys, please relax

Ayodeji Awosika
8 min readJul 18, 2022


Every time Medium has been announced dead, I doubled, tripled, and quadrupled down on the platform.

I’ve seen the platform evolve over the years. I’ve seen writers come and go (and even come back again, only to go again). Over the years, I’ve seen several criticisms lobbed Medium’s way, many of which I disagree with.

But there is one specific criticism I wholeheartedly agree with:

There is currently way too much negativity on the platform.

Much of this negativity is coming from newer writers.

There just seems to be a higher percentage of new writers who don’t understand how Medium works, the purpose of the website, and the type of culture that has helped it become a great place for writers to practice their craft.

Either way, I wanted to take a minute to share my two cents, address all criticisms, and help move the platform back in the right direction. If you have a comment, I’ll read and respond.

Before I dive into what our writers could do to make the platform a better place, let’s talk about the thing that makes Medium such a great place for writers to build their careers.