Okay, so I wrote a post on Medium as an experiment. And I’m still active on Facebook, mostly because I like the optional push-pull interaction with my friends in New York whom I miss very much. But I can’t turn on the firehose that is Twitter. I killed my Instagram and Foursquare accounts. I’ve kept Flickr because the rights are mine and the sharing is mine.
However, I keep most thoughts here, whether they’re substantive and considered or tangential and inarticulate. I like having everything I write live here in a room of my own. It is not subject to ads unless I want it to be. I can protect it from spam and haters. I can go back through my archives and dust off memories I would have otherwise forgotten about, without fear that they’ve been lost or damaged over the years.
What’s the appeal of giving it all away on a site like Medium or Twitter or Facebook or any number of sites where you give and give and give? Even though fewer people read my writing, I like that it’s all here formatted as I want it to be formatted and nobody can lay claim to it. Besides, not every thought requires or deserves a wide audience, and not having to worry about audience means not limiting what I allow myself to write.