I also don’t put my stuff behind the Medium paywall, but my reasons are different, Jakub Ferencik.
I DO believe in my work. And that’s why I don’t want to limit my audience.
I’m more interested in developing a significant readership than I am in earning a few bucks from Medium.
I spend a significant portion of my days on Twitter, for example, beating the bushes for new readers. My battle would be hugely more difficult if the only readers I could appeal to were those few who coincidentally had Medium memberships.
Now, on the other hand, I have a contract with a major publishing house for an LGBT YA novel. They’ll be paying me for that of course, and I’m super happy about it. I like money. Lol
But the thing is, the publishing deal is going to get my novel out there. It’s going to INCREASE readership, because my book is going to be promoted and hyped. That’s part of the deal.
I’m not publishing my book because I want money, I’m publishing it because I have important things to say, and I want as many people as possible to read.
The reason why I don’t participate in the Medium Partner program is actually the same reason I’m publishing a novel that will be sold and bring in money.
I’m all about taking whatever path will work to get my stuff read.