Taking responsibility for myself is one of New Year Resolutions. While reading up on some self-care articles I came across the online platform Medium. I have seen the logo pop up here and there on my newsfeed back in college, but I have never dived into all the articles it offers. The few self-care articles led to more and more with tabs so squished you can’t read a word, much like going down the Wikipedia rabbit hole. The website is laid out very similar to a newspaper, say the New York Times, with featured articles on the upper most section. Under that are articles catered to me based my reading history or network (aka the writers I follow on Medium). The interface is very clean, black font on white background with pops of color (I’m very into the site layout).
Here are six things I learned while reading on Medium:
- Reading the suggested articles makes me feel like everyone knows everything but also no one knows anything. “Why breakups hurt like hell,” “will you text me ever again,” “he doesn’t love you.”
- Listicle is a thing and it’s defined. Prior to Medium, I did not notice the phenomenon nor did I know there’s a name for it.
- Whatever your interest is, there is probably an article written about it (if not, you can publish one!). The platform is set up in a way that everyone can publish. This means that the range of topics is limitless, but it also means not all articles are beautifully written. You either have to sift through the articles yourself, or read the featured ones that had been curated. However to gain access to unlimited featured articles, you have to pay and become a member (I’m just sifting through the articles myself).
- Some of the articles are basically SparkNotes for a whole industry. For example, during the whole cryptocurrency craze a few months back, this article helped me understand the basic concepts so I could understand a little bit of what’s being discussed.
- The highlight function is wonderful. I can highlight phrases that resonated with me within different articles and have them saved in a section where I can reread all the sentences that I loved. Whenever I’m changing my phone’s background I read through my highlights to find a phrase that will serve as a daily reminder (right now it’s “love was never a sure thing”).
- Some people just have a way with words, and it leaves me in awe.
If you have some time, here are a few articles I really enjoyed:
Let me know if you are also a Medium fan or have any articles you’d like to share.