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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.

Medium is a Community

I love Medium for many reasons, but above all else, I love it because it helped me make connections with so many amazing people. I’ve met other writers on the same path who have become acquaintances, business partners, and friends.

Medium has been like a second family for me that includes the writers I’ve gotten to know and all of the readers who have supported my work over the years.

Even though for us, it might seem like everyone knows about Medium, it’s still a corner of the web many people don’t even know exists. It’s ours.

Just like you shouldn’t litter all over the neighborhood where you live or start gossiping about your neighbors, you shouldn’t do anything that’s going to spoil the culture or reputation of the platform.

This website presents such a unique opportunity for everyone involved, one that never existed…



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