Medium Is Officially, Genuinely, Actually No Longer Worth It

Shani Silver
5 min readNov 27, 2023

How a once-beloved space for writers became a waste of my time.

I have resisted writing this essay for two years. Congratulations Medium on finally breaking a writer who gave you 647 published essays since May of 2016. That works out to an average of seven essays per month. I have watched your platform evolve and iterate over the years, always keeping faith that it could be genuinely viable for independent writers hoping to earn their living. Until we did start earning our living. You didn’t like that, and you took it away. I did bring receipts.

Here are ten months worth of my earnings in 2021:

The same ten-month stretch in 2022:

And finally the same ten months of 2023: