I greatly appreciate Medium offering a place for thoughtful writing and discussion without ads. Does anyone actually enjoy reading ads on the web? Particularly the ones that pop up in front of whatever you actually came to the page to read? I know I don’t, and “just use ad blockers” is not really a solution. Coming here is a breath of fresh air compared to 99% of web sites.
Regardless, I’m intrigued by this initiative, as since I first joined Medium in 2015 I was wondering how you were planning to fund the site’s operation without resorting to ads. That’s what the “just use ad blockers” crowd often willfully ignores: Hosting a web site costs money. And writers deserve to be paid for their work. While I don’t expect to make a living from my writing — on Medium or elsewhere — I’m looking forward to seeing my first paycheck from the partner program.