Moving Away from Medium

Published 2nd April 2018

For some time now my blog has been hosted on Medium. I liked Medium for several reasons:

  • I didn't have to worry about things like maintaining a server or software updates.
  • The editor made the writing experience really nice.
  • Built it social aggregation meant I got more eyes on my content.

However, as time has gone on there were certain aspects of having my blog on Medium that I didn't like:

  • I had to create and maintain a different site as a landing page/resume for myself.
  • I didn't have control over the style or display of my content.
  • I wasn't able to show a newsletter sign up form on my blog posts.
  • Medium is trying to monetize and I don't want my posts to send them potential sales with no return.

So I decided to re-design my "landing page" site (gilbitron.me) and migrate my blog content (gilbert.pellegrom.me) across here so everything is back under one roof and under my complete control. It was also a good oppertunity to build a site using my new flat-file CMS Circulate (which you should totally check out).

Over the last few weeks I've slowly been building this site out and getting everything in place. It's not finished yet, but I'm not treating this site as a project I need to finish. I've accepted that this site will always be a representation of my online presence and will always change over time (like myself).

For those of you that are interested, this site is now running Circulate on a $5/month DigitalOcean Droplet running PHP 7.2. The design is custom and powered by Bootstrap. I wrote this post using Prose.