Just some thoughts; there are thousands of blogs out there and at one time I had toyed with the idea of starting my own blog just so I could control everything, but, I am no longer interested in building a ghost town, even if I can be Mayor. I posted stories on LinkedIn when I belonged to that platform, as well as a platform based in Madrid, Spain without any monetary compensation for my writing. While my piggy bank fills up faster from loose change than anything I receive from Medium, it is something. Searching the internet, there is nothing close to the popularity of Medium. There is just nothing out there for the independent writer that is viable as far as I can see. This is coming from someone who hasn’t even eclipsed 300 claps from any of my stories here, as I write this. I just don’t see a successful platform that hasn’t caved-in to the demands of featured, or sponsored content to keep the lights on, while rewarding independent writers. If you know of any, please let me know, as well.