Hi folks, just wanted to give my thoughts here. For all that it’s centralised etc, I’m a fan of Medium - as a writing platform, it’s enjoyable to use and it is focused on promoting virality for the best messages in a way that the old MaidSafe blog wasn’t built to achieve. However, I don’t personally believe it’s the best place for the weekly Dev Updates for a number of reasons:
- Medium is a place for thoughtful, well-written essays / pieces that are more significant (as opposed to regular weekly pieces)
- If we went down this route, Marketing would need to take a far more active role in writing the weekly updates - yes we’d love to and we’re doing this already to some extent re the work that’s carried out for prepping the weekly Dev videos - but creating written content that is of a higher quality than the weekly updates would inevitably add more into that weekly production bucket (meaning publication on Fri/Mon/Tues, depending on the topics involved) - and may in worst case, slow down the release of the weekly Dev Updates themselves (which nobody wants).
- We already pull together a monthly summary on Medium which should collate all of these weekly posts (albeit we really would like to focus on this & make it more valuable moving forwards)
- But the most important here in reality imo is the following one:-
If we put out weekly technical/staff etc updates on Medium then we risk starting to lose some of the more focused pieces of writing that we put out there (e.g. explaining the road to SAFE-Fleming, Dynamic Membership etc) - posts that we are spending quality time on and we want/hope that the community will support.
So, just a personal opinion and always open to discussion on this (and it’s worth saying that it’s far from my call alone) but
I’m not sure that the Dev Updates are comprised of the sort of information that are best suited to long-form essay writing - are too frequent - and will come at a time cost that may risk impacting on the delivery of other things e.g. the videos
(but please do keep discussing this as it’s a fascinating topic to watch and learn what people’s opinions are )