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Leaving Medium and start a new journey here

Diky Hadna ๐Ÿ‘พ

Published on Sep 9, 2021

3 min read

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I write. Not a lot, but I write.

Before joining Hashnode, I put my writings on my Medium account, and managed to gain 240+ followers on the platform. It might be a small number for you, but I'm quite proud about it.

I write mostly about tech, and many of my posts are published in large publication like ITNEXT and Chatbot's Life.

Time for a good bye

After a lot of considerations, I think it's finally a time for me to move on and left Medium.

Don't get me wrong. I love Medium, and still am. The broad audience segments always give something new to me to read every single day. Not necessarily about tech, but also psychology, love, self development, meaning of life, you name it.

So, why I decide to leave Medium?

Like many other people who had left Medium, I just can't stand anymore with the paywall, while at the same time my posts are being monetized (and I don't even get a single penny from it).

Before you continue to read, please take a note that I'm not writing those posts for money. No. It's just the unfairness, which I will explain later in this post.

I don't blame the publications for monetizing the posts. They are exist for some reasons, and I can understand that. I gained followers because my posts are published in those publications.

Based on this article, someone will be eligible to join the Medium Partner program (the monetization program) if the account meets only two requirements:

  1. Have at least 100 followers
  2. Have write at least one post in the past

So, am I joined the program?

No.

So, why not joining it if you can even easily check that my account is beyond eligible to join the program?

The answer is: I cannot join the program because my country is not listed to be available to join the program ๐Ÿ˜‚

With all the available payment channels in the market, Medium choose only to make it available with Stripe, which does not available/support the country I live in.

Oh, it's Indonesia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ by the way.

I already contacted the Medium support through email, and asked if there is any workaround for this since my account is eligible for the Medium Partner program.

They said they cannot help with it, and there's no workaround for it. In short, I can't join the program even if I am eligible.

Welp, the answer means it's a dead-end for me, and a farewell from me.

Moving up to a new place

I don't know if it's too late or not to join the hype train, but I just registered my account here few days ago and still get a grasp using this platform.

So, here I am now, begin to publish my posts at note.hadna.space. I also plan to export my existing posts in Medium and publish them here so you can read them for free (oops, sorry I did it again).

I finally choose to use Hashnode because of its custom domain feature that I love the most ๐Ÿ˜ No more site.com/@username format, and AFAIK no other platform provides the same service for free (oh gosh!)

Custom domain is not the only feature that makes me choosing this platform, but the newly-published posts will also be available in Hashnode network, increasing the chance to get more views (and followers), just like Med... Oh no, I did it again.

Okay, that's it for now. The only thing I can say is I'm glad to join Hashnode community!

Yayy!


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