Yes, Eric S Burdon! Nail on the head, man. Bringing in READERS.
That’s what it’s all about. I used to write for Quora, and my experience there was very good because readers VASTLY outnumbered writers. By thousands to one at least.
When I moved to Medium, one of the first thing I noticed was that lots of writers were vying for attention from relatively few readers. So with Medium pushing great writers and even bringing them in from other pubs, they’re fighting to increase the reader base, which is crucial not only to their own success but to ours as writers.
I don’t know about you, but while I love my fellow writers, I’m looking for readers, and I’m happy Medium is too.
It’s like the classic restaurant problem. Have you ever noticed that in big cities, good restaurants tend to cluster together? Restaurant owners don’t get upset (usually) when another eatery opens up next door or across the street. They rub their hands together in glee.
Why? Because more diners are coming! More good restaurants attract more good diners.
Also, have you noticed that Medium is getting more cred these days? It used to be that when I reached out to somebody for an interview and told them I write for a “Medium publication,” they’d just say, “Huh? A what?”
Lately, people are beginning to know what I’m talking about.
Which tells me more readers are coming in.
Which is what I need as an Indie Writer.