CONVERSATION WITH WRITERS

I Became a Friend of Medium Even Though I’m Skeptical, and I’ll Tell You Why

Let’s get our candid conversation started

Katie Michaelson
5 min readNov 28, 2023

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Alex Benzer announced the Friend of Medium subscription level a few hours ago, and I have some good stuff, and some not-so-good stuff.

Here is the main course:

This week, we’re taking our mission a step further with a new membership level: Friend of Medium. It’s priced at $15/month or $150/year. As a Friend of Medium, more of your membership dollars will directly support the writers you love — plus the editors, curators, and teams who make Medium a vibrant, inclusive home for human stories. Plus you’ll get access to a new Friend Link feature that lets you share what you read with your friends.

Will this lead to a two-class members' system? One thing I have loved about Medium is everyone has a place to share their voice.

Medium is an outstanding blogging platform with many features that benefit writers. Pop your favorites in the comments. Let’s create an interesting list.

Medium has its favorites. We see them in the STAFF PICKS section. I seldom like those articles. I love a lot of articles that will never be picked and never boosted.

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Katie Michaelson

I've lived! Retired therapist, fosrter and adoption specialist, and researcher. Farmer, gardener for 55 years, crafter, storyteller, tutor, and mentor.