Why I Will Not Quit My Blog For

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The magnetic pull of Medium, enticing bloggers worldwide with promises of a vast audience, built-in monetization, and seamless reader connections, is undeniable.

I became part of the Medium community in 2017, witnessing its evolution into a global writing platform.

Fast forward to 2020, as I embarked on full-time blogging, and I have used Medium as an avenue to promote my blog

Over the past few months, I have seen many Medium writers boldly state the fact that running a blog wasn’t as good as they imagined, due to many uncertain factors such as Google algorithm updates, competition and burnout.

Many of them have found success on Medium, while they may be right, I still think you should not throw away your blog for Medium.

Here Is Why I Won’t Abandon My Blog For Medium.

While the allure of Medium is strong, my decision to stand firm with my blog isn’t a rejection of change or a refusal to embrace the future.

It’s a conscious choice, driven by a deep appreciation for autonomy, control, and the distinct identity my blog has cultivated over time.

Let me share why I’m resisting the pull of Medium and choosing to remain anchored in my digital haven.

1. I Dont Own Medium

Medium, though reputable, is a third-party platform. While it offers stability, bloggers relinquish ownership and control.

A platform like Medium requires a whole lot of money to run, so much goes into managing its infrastructure and the day Medium stops being profitable, the platform is gone, guess what? all your work will be gone too.

I value having control over my blog’s destiny – its data, content, and potential revenue.
Owning my blog allows me to build something lasting and uniquely mine.

2. My Turf, My Rules.

Crafting my online space, free from third-party constraints, is invaluable. My blog lets me design the user experience, experiment with formats, and express my creativity without compromises. Autonomy fosters innovation and genuine connections with my audience.

3. A Sanctuary of Identity.

My blog isn’t just a platform; it’s a digital extension of my identity. It reflects my voice, personality, and unique perspective. Moving to Medium would mean sacrificing this carefully cultivated atmosphere for standardized walls.

4. Beyond the Algorithm.

Medium’s algorithm distributes content, impacting visibility based on engagement metrics.  While it offers a broad audience, my blog allows me to build an audience through direct engagement, fostering genuine connections and a community that feels like family.

5. Limited Monetization Opportunities.

Medium’s Partner Program has eligibility criteria, making it challenging for many writers to monetize directly.

Though you can make money with affiliate marketing, some rules and guidelines must be followed, or you risk losing your Medium account.

Running my blog offers the freedom to explore various monetization avenues, from Advertising (Google Adsense), and sponsored posts to selling courses and Yati Yati Yata, no one is going to get me de-platformed because I want to make more money

I wrote a comprehensive guide on how to make money blogging, Check out the link to the article below to learn more.

6. Less Branding Control.

Medium’s customization options may not provide the same branding control as an independent blog. As a Medium writer, your brand is limited on Medium, there is a limit to how much you can influence your brand, because, in the long run, you dont own Medium.

Bloggers who desire complete control over their brand image may find Medium’s constraints limiting.

7. Limited Design Flexibility.

Medium’s standardized design template, while reader-friendly, might not suit bloggers desiring more creative control.

Most times as bloggers, we want to design things in an eye-catchy way and at the same time make more money. Customization options are somewhat limited compared to running a personal blog.

8. Competition and Saturation.

Medium hosts a vast array of content, creating a highly competitive space. As a Medium writer, you are in constant competition with Medium Publications and established writers who have built massive trust over the years on Medium.

Standing out can be challenging. Owning a personal blog comes with competition, but with SEO knowledge, you can beat it.

9. Limited SEO Control.

Medium’s domain and SEO practices may not align with individual blogger strategies. You can do some SEO tweaks on Medium, but still limited, Google might decide not to rank your article and there is nothing you can do about it.

Bloggers prioritizing full control over SEO might find Medium’s approach limiting. Owning your blog gives you access to data and insight that you would find useful when working with SEO, Tools such as Google search console, and Bing webmaster tools, allow you to optimize your blog for search engine optimization.

I wrote a comprehensive guide on how to do SEO on your blog. Check out the link below to the article to learn more.


While many bloggers diversify their reach across platforms, it’s crucial to weigh cons against benefits and specific goals when deciding between Medium and a self-hosted blog. This isn’t to discredit Medium; it has merits.

But for me, the benefits of staying on my platform outweigh the Medium allure.

This is where I can truly be myself, where my voice resonates authentically, and where I can build a community that shares my passions.

For those curious about starting their blog and making money, I’ve compiled a comprehensive guide here.

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Written by Udemezue John

Hello, I'm Udemezue John, a web developer and digital marketer with a passion for financial literacy.

I have always been drawn to the intersection of technology and business, and I believe that the internet offers endless opportunities for entrepreneurs and individuals alike to improve their financial well-being.

You can connect with me on Twitter


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