Meet the New Blogging Platform: Medium
Hey all, exciting news! This week I was at a computing conference and heard about this awesome new blogging site called Medium. It’s still in beta, but you can read the content that is currently there and get excited about the release. To tide you over until Medium goes public, however, I was able to grab beta writing access to show you how it all works!
Medium works on the idea that you should be able to write blog posts that other people can find even if you don’t write super frequently. One of the biggest things we all struggle with is getting pageviews and followers right?? Well Medium is trying to take off that pressure if you aren’t interested in maintaining your own blog: they have Collections to which you can post your blog post (or cross-post!), so people can just follow the collections that they are interested in without having to worry about a blogroll or feed reader.
For example, I’ve made a collection called Book Talk, which I’m hoping will be a place for book bloggers to post or cross-post their reviews and discussions to, so that new book bloggers can get their ideas out there more easily and so that we can all find new book blogs more easily!
Medium has a pretty slick interface I must admit! To write a post, there is a nice clean white interface that you can easily copy and paste your review into (the formatting transferred perfectly for me!)
You might also notice that there is a little Share Draft button up there. Medium has a cool feature where you can get feedback on your blog posts before you actually post them. You click Share Draft and it goes to a collection where people give you feedback, like so:
Of course we all love to have pictures in our posts, so you have a couple options! You’ll see in the first screenshot that you can add an image to be the header of the post. This doesn’t seem to work well with book cover sized images since it stretches them instead of shrinking, I’m hoping this changes or becomes customizable! I don’t want pixelated icky book cover pieces as my headers D: But! You can also add images between any of your paragraphs in your blog post:
Allegiant’s cover was totally necessary to include >.>. But look! You can include a caption for the images easily right along the side there. Currently it looks like you can only add images between paragraphs, not on the left or right of the text like a lot of us like to do :(.
Finally, there might come a time when you want to start your own collection! The collections are REALLY easy to set up, with another pretty and sleek interface, and they are pretty easy to run. You can choose to have a private collections that is just for your friends, or you can have a public one. You don’t have to approve posts going in to the collection, but if someone posts something wacky, you can remove it from the collection as the collection owner! You also get to choose if you want posts to just appear with more recently posted first, or if you want posts with the most recommendations to show up first!
I’m thinking sub-collections could be a cool thing to add, so that we can have genre collections of reviews within the larger book collections. Thoughts?
Anyway, I know it’s read-only right now, but I’ll post as soon as Medium opens up to the public so that you can get your book reviews up! I’m really excited about this new blogging platform since it seems perfect for discovering new book blogs and for any of those other random posts you want to put out on the Internet but not necessarily on your blog ;-).
What do you think? Is this a platform you can see yourself using to post or cross-post book reviews and discussions to?
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