We can try to do better here, but I’m afraid many of the dynamics are the same. Maybe not.
Your post reminds me that I have a cousin who wrote a book about his cancer treatment that I have not read. I can’t read Bengali, so reading his book is the best I can do.
A comment is worth a thousand recommends. I’m glad that Medium now deprecates the small responses we make that lack images or headlines. Mediumans can now unleash a quick comment and not have it plug up their author feed, even though few readers navigate via author pages or RSS.
I miss many of the people who have ghosted us on Medium. Todd Hannula 🤓 keeps a pretty good list of those who have left. Some have not left but post much, much, less. What is the right way to tell Deral F. Fenderson that I wanted to read the rest of his back story?
I believe in voting with your feet. When these social media sites stop being helpful and enjoyable, you should split. People moving in and out of online communities might be how it works. I have names in my head… Spoonfeeding, Gwenzilla, Larrondo, Archiedavis… from when LiveJournal was popping. Those folks, and many others, brought me great joy, but they are lost to me now, even though they are probably in the ether of the Internets somewhere.
We have to enjoy this joint while it is happening. Money making is coming, and we will have to see if this ship can float.