Why I Walked Away from a Prominent Writers’ Community on Slack

Lessons Learned from a High-Profile Medium Writers’ Group

George J. Ziogas

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The day I got the invite to join a select Slack channel brimming with some of Medium’s finest writers is etched in my memory. It was a blend of pride and exhilaration. An affirmation of my writing journey and a doorway into a circle of respected peers. This channel, I thought, was a goldmine of collective wisdom, networking possibilities, and a chance to virtually mingle with the very best in the field of content creation.

At first, the perks were undeniable. Collaborating with other leading content creators was like attending a regular masterclass in writing. In this channel, I started honing my ability to craft headlines that immediately grab attention. I delved into the complexities of arranging articles in a way that would have the greatest impact, and I gradually came to grasp the delicate art of storytelling, the kind that genuinely resonates with readers. This group quickly turned into my trusted source for thoughtful advice, helpful critiques, and steadfast encouragement.

What captivated me most was the sheer diversity in topics and writing styles. From touching personal narratives to in-depth, data-backed investigative reports, I encountered a world of writing that really broadened my perspective. It felt like participating in an ever-evolving, live writing workshop, and I also got to forge significant bonds with writers I deeply admired.

But, as time passed in this whirlwind of enthusiastic collaboration, I started to sense something off. The conversation subtly shifted from improving our writing skills to devising ways to manipulate Medium’s algorithm. The focus dangerously veered from crafting meaningful content to obsessing over maximizing views, claps, and getting our work into Medium’s top publications.

This realization hit hard. The strategies we discussed were no longer about evolving as writers. They were about bending the system for our advantage. The talks about SEO optimization, tweaking headlines for more hits, and even synchronizing claps felt more like playing a system than actual content creation.

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George J. Ziogas

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