Medium Needs to Better Enable Writers to Organize Their Stories Over Time

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Anonymous writer after searching for a previously-written article

I love Medium, but Medium, being created by humans, is not perfect. There’s always room for improvement. My own gripe is the apparent inability to easily refer back to previous articles and stories.

Many times while writing an article I’ve come to a point where I want to refer back to a previous article. In order to do so, I’ve got to open up another tab on Medium, click on my list of stories, and click down time and time and time again in order to find the story to which I need to refer. I’ve designed more than a few databases back in the day, and that’s precisely what’s needed here: a dose of user-friendliness in managing one’s own database of stories. I strongly recommend:

  1. Enable writers to generate their own categories or sections within their own profile and save their articles in the appropriate category. For instance, I’d love to be able to generate my own “politics”, “life lessons”, “culture”, and “travel” sections, thereby allowing me to quickly access the stories within that section.
  2. Give the writers the option to retain the default style already in use for stories (title plus first sentence or two) or see the list of stories by title only (which enables quicker searching for those of us who often want to refer back to certain stories).
  3. Enable the writers to sort their stories by date, by word count, by location, by topic, and even by subtopic. For instance, “politics” is a very broad subject, and I’d want subtopics that I could personally define, such as “LGBTQ rights”, “economy”, “foreign policy”, and “the f**king idiot in the Oval Office”.

Please note that the more prolific the writer, the more helpful the above suggestions would be, and so I believe that it would be in Medium’s best interests to enable the most prolific writers to better streamline the production of their articles.

Thank you for reading and considering these suggestions.

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Retired Navy. Inveterate contrarian. If I haven’t done it, I’ve usually done something close.

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