Maybe we rely too much on algorithms and too little on people. Here’s an exchange I had earlier this week, and my response. Probably an impossible request, but it shouldn’t be.

Article:

Our publication will be shifting its focus. Instead of featuring the work of new talented writers, we will teach you how to grow your Medium blog based on the dozens of techniques we’ve tested and tried that work.

That way, you can take matter into your own hands and become successful too at this Medium game.

Me:

What’s the Medium Game?

Alexainie, it’s the battle between writers with real talent vs influentials who get constantly featured through their established connections + followers.

Unfortunately, Medium doesn’t have good ways to bring talented writers up. That’s why I’m trying to figure out how I can best help them.

Me:

Okay. So, is the game teaching writers how to use the tricks the heavy hitters use to get more popular? And is part of that restructuring the way we write in order to optimize algorithmic compatibility? If you can’t beat ’em, join ‘em? I totally understand the reasoning behind that logic. I do. But do you know what I think would be super cool?
I think it would really boost morale and break down some of that wall that exists between us and them if there were some incentive for the “influentials” to spend a little time in the trenches with the goal of finding some baby talent and promoting it. Just a simple little post saying,

I came across this article* by Victoria Easterday, one of Medium’s newer members, and it blew me away, etc.

Or whatever.

(*the original response linked to story and author)

I think that would be a kick-ass way for those folks to use all of that influence to help get more great stuff out in the open, where it can do its job; whether that be to make people laugh, or cry, or learn, or feel understood.
We do that all the time for each other, and it really feels amazing to be recognized.
So, anyway…
Maybe the way isn’t to make us more like them, but to help them to be a little more like us.
Or not.
I don’t know.
Marketing is soooo not my thing.
Carry on.

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.

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