I agree with all of this, except that you get nothing out of membership. Far from it! From a recent post:
… consider becoming a paying member, which I did in April. You get access to all “locked” content behind Medium’s paywall (non-subscribers currently get 3), including audio versions, plus access to stuff from paywalled publishers like the FT, Economist, WSJ, etc, and an offline reading list. And your money goes to writers on their Spotify-like programme, based principally on your applause.
It costs $5 per month. Time to put some of that where your mouth is
- It’s Time to #Pay4Content