Since I launched 200wordsaday.com two weeks ago, people who use the product are not afraid to go ahead and say that this website will become the "Idea Twitter", an "Anti-Twitter", or the "next Medium".
I understand what they mean by that. 200' has the potential to help many people in getting into a writing habit, be read and act upon their life by doing so. A publishing platform that could become as big, if not bigger, than Medium in size.
Truth is, 200' is, and will be, something entirely original. We will represent something much different than Medium.
Medium's description says it all:
"Medium taps into the brains of the world’s most insightful writers, thinkers, and storytellers to bring you the smartest takes on topics that matter. So whatever your interest, you can always find fresh thinking and unique perspectives."
I approve of the latter sentence, yet 200 Words a Day will stand against the former.
Writing should not only be about "the smartest takes" or the "topics that matter". There is beauty in every piece of writing. We should not have to discriminate against any.
While Medium extols its quality publications from insightful writers, I say: everybody can be a writer. Even if it is just 200 words at a time. What Medium does not show you is how many years it took renowned writers to perfect their craft before being able to "make it big". Such filters should not exist in a publishing platform, diversity is key.
I want this website to be a place where poems can stand side by side with tech tutorials or kid stories. A website where, even if your english is bad or broken, you feel great about sharing your thoughts with others. A website where you can improve: be read, gather feedback, refine your words as a delicate painter would do.
What more, I want this domain to be an independent publishing platform where community would be its strongest foundation. An indie website for indie writers who are not afraid to speak out.
During the upcoming weeks, I will be working on making 200 Words a Day a sustainable business for everyone. This will include new feedback and community features, bug fixes, but also talks with fellow members about finding a sustainable monetization method that could suit their interests (I think the business model should include ways to reward content creators right from the start).
What started as a pet project is now my life work: empowering people to write, and as a consequence access a higher quality of life.
I hope you will follow me on this journey. Whatever your decision is, take care.