Has Medium Gotten Nicer?

This is not the Medium I remember, but I’m on board.

Taru Anniina Liikanen

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Wishing all trolls a happy life far from Medium. Photo by Jirka Konietzny on Unsplash

I dread the comment section.

I’ve been on the internet long enough to know some people will always start a comment with a “well, actually” and either correct you according to their views or simply start insulting you.

There’s no way to please everyone, and it’s too easy to type some negativity or snark and press enter. If you don’t believe me, just check the comments on any viral TikTok. People can be awful.

That’s why I’ve always avoided checking my comments and why I’ve had to block some people here whose life goal seemed to be to make other people as unhappy as they were.

A couple of days ago, one of my stories was Boosted. It was personal and on a topic I had been thinking about for a while, but I don’t think it was my best work ever.

It wasn’t even my favorite or most important story since I came back to this platform last week after a year-long hiatus. This one is, in case you’re interested.

In any case, I was surprised, but grateful, that it got the Boost from the Medium curation team.

As the comments began accumulating, I was afraid to even check the comment section. “People must be telling me this is bad,” I thought, or at the very least telling me my story was poorly organized or written.

Because, well, that’s how I thought of this particular story. Way to project your own problems on others.

The next day, I braced myself and opened up the comment section, and to my great surprise, everyone was being nice. Encouraging, understanding, supportive, empathetic.

This is not the Medium I remember. Sure, some people, like SC, have always been amazing, but the rest? The strangers? All of you whom I’ve never interacted with before?

The more people read your stories, the worse it gets. The ratio of nice comments to condescension or outright assholery on a…

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Taru Anniina Liikanen

Stand-up comedian and recovering political ghostwriter. Finnish by birth, porteña at heart. Bad jokes frequent.