The Off Medium Gifts of Medium Reading
Some of your favorite Medium Writers’ best content isn’t on this platform
I’ve been on Medium for over two years and I love this place. Medium lets me write whatever I want to write — and get paid for it! It’s allowed me to become part of a great community of writers. Every day, it brings me more terrific writing.
And there’s another added benefit of all of the reading I do on Medium.
Cool Offsite Stuff
A lot of Medium writers are doing some very cool things — books and blogs and websites and videos — off the platform. I’ll start to follow a writer. I’ll read all their posts. Over time, I’ll become aware of the fact that they’re up to something interesting off the platform. So I’ll check it out.
I’ve found some real treasure by following my favorite Medium writers into the off-Medium world.
After months of enjoying Johnzelle Anderson’s Medium posts, I listened to — and quickly became a fan of — his podcast, Perfectly Imperfect: A podcast on Mental Health for Folx of Color.
I am not a folk of color. I’m a straight white Boomer. So? Not exactly Johnzelle’s target audience. But I’m enjoying this therapist’s podcast as much as I enjoy his writing on Medium. I like his voice and his attitude and his insight and his caring nature.
And I’ve learned a lot.
The podcast recently morphed into a summer book club, in which Anderson shares excerpts and insights about terrific and important books like Emmanuel Acho’s Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man and Dr. Joy Degruy’s Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. These episodes can be tough for a white person to listen to — but necessary to hear.
More privileged White Boomers ought to listen to this podcast.
The Holders of Helmut Street
My Medium reading also led me to Orrin Onken’s legal mystery The Holders of Helmut Street. I got a kick out of the intelligence, wit and irreverence of Orrin’s Medium posts and his bio mentions that he writes legal mystery books, so I downloaded…