👓 Medium and Being Your Own Platform | Marco.org

Read Medium and Being Your Own Platform by Marco Arment (marco.org)

Glenn Fleishman responded very well to my semi-controversial tweet about Medium from the other day:

I’ve written a few things on Medium (not paid) because I liked the experience of their writing tools, their statistics, and their reach. I think two of the three items I wrote became featured and had several thousand reads. It’s a wonderful way to write and a wonderful place to post.

But it’s not mine. It’s theirs.

Bingo.

You can use someone else‚Äôs software, but still have your own ‚Äúplatform‚ÄĚ, if you‚Äôre hosting it from¬†a domain name you control¬†and are able to easily take your content and traffic with you to another tool or host at any time. You don‚Äôt need to go full-Stallman and¬†build your own blogging engine¬†from scratch on a Linux box in your closet ‚ÄĒ a Tumblr, Squarespace, or WordPress blog is perfectly fine if you use your own domain name and can export your data easily.

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