Why I’m Taking A Break From Medium

The platform is no longer recognizable from its former self

Matt Lillywhite

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Original article is below:

Growing up, I spent a lot of time writing. I’d write short stories at school in a bid to explore the limits of my young imagination. As a teenager, I wrote songs that reached the iTunes Top 40 in multiple countries. And now, in my early 20s, millions of people have read my articles about living a happier life in the modern world.

I’ve received dozens of emails saying an article I wrote helped them overcome suicidal thoughts. People are literally alive today as a result of something I wrote in my bedroom. They’re laughing, falling in love, and enjoying this marvelous thing we call life. And, while I won’t take full credit, it’s nice to know that I’ve made a difference in the lives of many people all over the world at such a young age.

I’m not exaggerating when I say my life has been transformed by Medium. This platform has been the home for the vast majority of my writing on the internet. And by networking with other content creators, I’ve met some amazing people that I hope to call friends for the rest of my life. Oh, and I should probably mention that I met my girlfriend on this platform. She’s awesome. But right now, I feel like I’ve arrived at a crossroads.

When I first started writing on Medium in 2018, I had a strong desire to share my ideas. I felt compelled to write something that could positively impact the lives of my readers. And, as you can see above, I exceeded my own expectations by leaps and bounds. However, the spark that previously compelled me to write every day has faded in recent months. In part, it’s because the platform I once loved is no longer recognizable. Medium has evolved, and I have, as well.

I strongly believe the Medium Staff are trying to create a better platform. But unfortunately, it feels like they’re trying to reach a destination without a roadmap or directions. I’ve had private conversations with many of the top writers on this site. And, while few will admit it publicly, almost everyone agrees that Medium is in some…

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Matt Lillywhite

Writing is a superpower. London based. But you can probably find me in all four corners of the world.