Why Does Medium Look Like a Clean but Generic News Page?

Also, what happened to the writers’ names?

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What happened to writers’ names and why are they not visible?

The writers I follow are now tucked away in the corner, where they reside in the “Latest from following” section, along with… more publications. This feels a bit discouraging for beginning writers who want to get their voices heard and their writing out in the world.

Screenshot of who I follow and the few writers I see in the Following section on the homepage.
Screenshot of who I follow and the few writers I see in the Following section on the homepage.
Two writers vs. The Publications.
Screenshot of Medium homepage. Four publications and one lonely author.
Screenshot of Medium homepage. Four publications and one lonely author.
Four publications and one lonely author.

I follow individual writers because I like how they think and I’m interested in the topics they write about. Whether or not I will like a piece largely depends on who wrote it.

I don’t like to feel like I’m reading the news. I would then go elsewhere because the writer of the piece would be of less relevance and importance to me and I would click based on topics, not author.

What now?

We must keep in mind that this platform is still a source of opportunity. We, as writers on it, just have to adjust, whether this change is permanent or not. And:

We can rant all we want, but it won’t solve anything.

These elaborate writings on the new Medium changes contain an excess of feedback, to Medium. We could also directly make use of the Send feedback button if we wish so. I was naughty and I did send mine through.

That is a danger in itself. To attach too firmly to a mindset of comfort. To get comfortable with the status quo, and unwelcoming of any changes at all.

Even though I still don’t like how small or not at all writers’ names are featured on the homepage (and also on the beta version of the new publications), I took these newly implemented changes as an invitation to test the waters with new publications grouped in the following topics.

  • How To Be A Human: Stories & learnings about all that happens on the broad spectrum of the human experience.

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