An email with the subject "Medium invites you to write" popped into my inbox shortly after I had just bought my shiny new domain name (davidpark.co) with which I had been planning to start my own personal blog. And so now there's a dilemma.
Should I ditch my domain name and just start writing on Medium? Or should I ignore the invitation from Medium and start posting on my own Wordpress blog?
Scratching an itch is the main reason that I want to write my own blog. Ever since I took a creative essay class in college, I've enjoyed writing. But I never had the time to write because I'm the kind of obsessive person who gets totally sucked into work, often to the detriment of my other interests/hobbies and sometimes (perhaps too often) family/friends as well. But now, I finally have some time to both think and write because my company was acquired last year and I'm taking a pretty long sabbatical.
Of course, I'd be lying if I didn't also say that building a personal brand through my writing would be nice too. Who wouldn't want to build a reputation as an insightful writer such as @Andrew Chen ? Speaking of Andrew, I think he deserves every bit of his reputation because has written over 550 essays, many of which have multiple insightful nuggets!
For now, I harbor no illusions of being a great writer. Whatever writing muscles I may have had have atrophied due to lack of use. I just want to become a writer who plugs away and posts at least a couple hundred words per day for as many days in a row as possible. At the very least, writing daily will be fun and will develop some valuable skills.
So this now brings me back to my original question. Which platform should I start with? Medium or my own hosted blog?
My initial inclination is to just write on Medium simply because it's so damn beautiful. Medium has removed all the cruft that gets between the reader and the message and has completely streamlined the process by which authors put down their written words.
Simplicity is another benefit to using Medium. I could buy/install some pretty decent looking WordPress themes and could even make my own WordPress theme that looks very close to Medium because I used to write lots of custom WP code. But neither of those options is nearly as good as just using Medium, especially since Medium looks gorgeous in all formats - desktop/laptop, tablet and mobile.
Despite all of Medium's obvious benefits, I have this nagging sense that posting to my own blog might be better because doing so preserves flexibility. Perhaps I'll want to start a mailing list one day. Or maybe I'll want to install Google Analytics. But maybe none of this stuff matters nearly as much as writing every day.
Since I'm a novice writer, any advice would be both valuable and appreciated!