My personal blog, Faith’s Microbiome and Tech Blog, recently went unresponsive. For a moment, I lost all of my posts, media, and other content. An entire year of work, gone. Of course I could have solved the problem, but before that, I was asking myself where to start. WordPress? Jetpack? Pixelgrade? The host themselves? Every single plugin? Then my mind brought up another concern: “Why deal with so many third party platforms?”
The blog suffered for views and followers. It’s design was neat and had it’s cool touches, but there was little admiration. My responsibilities of updating the themes and plugins each time I decided to post sometimes felt worthless. No amount of tags and social media boosts aided the blog. Getting involved in SEOs was delayed, because I disregard becoming a frequent, dedicated writer throughout my school years.
I was looking for something easy to set up — a platform with a professional, modern, and customizable look. I wished to get a blogsite with frequent traffic. Not being lazy, but I wanted a blog platform where I could post anytime, without the burdens of site maintenance.
Behold, I found the perfect blogging platform. It has the air of a news article site, like The Washington Post or The New York Times. It’s features are reliable. It’s more or less a community. It’s easy to connect and share. It’s supported by the members. It’s Medium.
Thanks to Medium, I had a far better impact in the writing community than on my old WordPress site. And resultantly, I got a way better idea than bringing the old blog back to life. I restored an older version of it, and immediately imported the articles I wanted straight to Medium.
Truth be told, it does hurt to see my pretty purple blog go. I had great memories on there. What I won’t miss, however, is being manipulated by unstable hosting plans, theme errors, and bothersome notifications to upgrade my WordPress account. I’m free.
I’m ever so grateful that I found Medium, and I am excited to see where they would take me on my writing journey.
Article by Monique Faith Boodram, a teen content creator.