I’ve long suspected that prior to curation, an article was red flagged. The red flag restricted the visibility of an article – meaning no distribution.
Curation unlocked the audience doors, giving articles the views found from homepage, email, and topics found beyond the scope of a publication.
Removing the red flag of curation means that every article will be treated on its merits.
Some will sweat the removal of ‘rules’, I see the opposite. Ever since I started writing on Medium I’ve felt like I’ve been playing a game. Points for the headline, the number of words, the craft of the prose, all to tick the curation box. Of course, a good publication can negate the game, but only by conforming to their rules.
Removing curation levels the playing field.
Writing to write is what attracted me to Medium, it’s what brings most writers to the platform.
Maybe now we can now get back to writing rather ticking boxes…