Medium, Can You Please Fix Things That Actually Needs Fixing?

And not fix things that DO NOT need fixing?

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When I’m frustrated. Photo by Егор Камелев on Unsplash

I could feel my blood pressure rising as once again, the error box popped up on my screen. First I couldn’t clap at the articles/stories I liked. Then I couldn’t write responses.

What is it? Am I being too active here?

I mean, yes, I’m very very active here on Medium because I love reading and having intelligent conversation with intelligent people and Medium is just the perfect platform where I can do both.

I have to sign out and sign into my account so many times I have lost count. It frustrates me to no end especially when I’m checking my notifications.

I really appreciate and value people’s effort in reading my stories and writing thoughtful responses.

Time is precious. There are so many stories here in Medium and they’ve chosen to spend their valuable time on mine. It really means the world to me and I like to show them that I care, that it’s not just about claps and stats.

Because that’s what it is when you read my words on your screen. You’re listening.

And in this world full of noises where everyone just want to talk and be heard, you, sitting there listening, means more than you could ever imagine.

Just knowing that there’s a place where I can pour my heart out and have people telling me, “It’s okay. I know. I’ve been there. Everything is going to be okay. We are here.” provides me with so much comfort and strength.

So yes, I get quite upset when Medium notification messes up and I end up having to scroll down pages and pages of previous notifications to make sure I haven’t missed anyone and even after tons of scrolling, I still can’t make sure if I’ve answered everyone. And it really drives me crazy sometimes.

Which brings us to one of the messages I’m trying to deliver in this piece:

As for the other message I’m trying to convey:

My dearest Medium,

You have provided me a home full of wonderful people who speak the same language as I do. A place where I can make a living doing what I love doing the most. You’re actually the one who make me believe that this whole ‘writing’ thing might actually work and that my dreams might just come true.

And for everything you’ve done for me, I am forever grateful to you.

Just one thing.

What’s with all the updates?

I get it. You’re trying to improve every single day. You’re trying to be better, to look better. You’re probably aiming for the minimalistic look or just trying to make this platform aesthetically pleasant for all of us but seriously though, what had the Twitter and Facebook button on the left side ever done to you?

Also, as much as it’s awesome to have all these beautiful updates, it is quite a pain in the bottom trying to adjust every so often. Just when I get used to the latest feature and starting to get comfortable, a new update forces me to start adjusting all over again.

So many people here have full time job on top of writing on Medium. How do they find time to figure out what seems to be an endless updates?

This place has already been so great from the first day. Beautiful interface, the spacing, the simplicity, the overall appearance, everything is already splendid! Why all the changes that make my head spin? (I’m an old soul who takes twice longer in adjusting to a new technology than people my age).

The updates, and the time I take to adjust to them, are robbing me of the time and energy I could very well use to write and read.

I really love how things have been and I’m starting to like how things are at the moment. I love updates and getting a better and more beautiful platform but can you please not change too often? I already like you the way you are.

Please don’t change too much.

Love,

Agnes

Boy, that feels great.

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Writer by heart. Teacher (English, Yoga, Pilates) by trade. Avid reader. World traveller. Model. You can reach me at agneslouis3108@gmail.com.

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