avatarKyle Wells


Can We Calm Down?

I’m not bothered by the Medium cash chaser.

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I have to be honest, I’m a bit tired of the bitch sessions on here regarding the motivations of some writers.

I don’t begrudge anyone making a buck on this “medium.”

Have at it.

More power to you.

If you create an article that people want to read, and they clap and comment then whoop-de-doo for you! Go pay that electric bill, or buy your sweetie a sex toy.

Whatever floats your boat.

I may have my not-so-positive opinions about certain articles like obvious AI-written snooze pieces. The aberrant attempts to game the algorithm with mass bot garbage of course is grotesque.

But some kid half my age lecturing me about their self-help fool-proof plan doesn’t bother me all that much.

At the risk of seeming like a condescending prick, I think its kind of sweet when the kids want to promote their rehashed self-help stuff. At least they aren’t telling us to suck a bag-o-weiners.

They care enough to keep their desire for prophet positive and that’s nice, right?

Hell, some of them are really good at it. Sometimes I have to google one of their shared pearls of wisdom before I realize Deepok Chopra said it already.

That’s the age advantage, I guess. That whole “been there and done that” comes with some miles on the odometer.

The kids have the right to the excitement of discovery. What is old to me might be a shiny new toy to them. Why should I shit on it?

Then there are the folks living in non-english speaking places using a bit of AI to supplement their communication and their income. I’m not mad at that. To me, that’s what it should be used for.

Now whether I’m interested in reading their material is a whole other matter entirely.

I’m not against profiting from writing anything even if I personally may think it’s shit.

No one is forcing me to read, so why bitch about it?

Then there is the mutual back-scratching thing with subscribers. Nothing wrong with it, but if you are a twice-a-day publisher of pieces, I’m not reading it all. It’s too much, and I wouldn’t expect you to do that for me.

In fact, I don’t “expect” anything from anyone. How dare I? I publish 3 or 4 times a week. I really appreciate those that read me, but if you can’t you can’t and if you don’t wish to, that’s fine too.

I have my circle of writers I love to read for the sheer joy of it. If they don’t read mine, maybe they didn’t have time, or maybe they think my writing is garbage. It’s all good.

I don’t want to be angry about shit I can’t control, and Dee-pack says you nat supposed-tah. I sah it on Oprah..

That’s some good ol Midwest Great Lake speak.

So let’s not be so hard on the kids. They’re just trying to get through this crazy thing called existence.

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