Medium is bringing back support for custom domains. And in general they seem to listen better. In addition to custom domains, Medium is reducing the amount of annoying pop-ups and banners and will also offer more customization options.
Many may not know it, but I am the founder of AndroidPub, a Medium publication about Android development. (The site is still running on a subdomain of my first domain, although I registered it’s own domain a long time ago.)
I sometimes publish links to Medium articles. Often the articles are behind the Medium paywall. This gets the author a few bucks per month, paid by “Medium members”. I’m still a Medium member until March (I paid for one whole year), but I won’t extend my membership after that, mainly because I don’t get enough value out of the subscription (many articles are clickbait or do not interest me). But in itself I think it’s good that authors are paid directly by readers' money and not by tracking readers.
I wrote something similar about Medium back in July to what Ben Werdmüller writes now. Medium isn’t doing something bad, it’s just that they changed directions over the last years. From being a platform, where anyone can write anything and anyone can read anything for free, it’s now something like a paid magazine anyone can contribute too (and earn some money from it).
I didn’t wrote something for the last days, because I was busy with two things. First: Because there are currently semester breaks I’m at work again and there I already spent the whole days coding and looking at screens. Second: I was busy reworking the Medium archive on my German blog.