I Thought I Already Was a “Friend of Medium”

I mean, what have I been doing here since 2018?

Sherry McGuinn
4 min readNov 29, 2023


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Oh, my aching head. I suppose we should have expected this latest bit of absurdity from this once-excellent platform. It’s a new initiative, boys and girls called “Friend of Medium.” Or “Become a Friend of Medium,” aka “Help Us, Please!”

Whatever the hell it’s called, it’s poop. And that last bit would be more accurate as, once again, it’s all about helping them. Medium wants us to think that FOM is about — once again —elevating and rewarding quality work, but we know that’s a crock, don’t we? Just look at the crap that’s rising to the top of the bowl. Much of it is from inexperienced writers from certain regions outside of the U.S. who are happy to make pennies on the dollar for their hard work because those pennies go a lot farther than they do here.

Hey, more power to them. I would do the same.

I learned about FOM from my writer friend and fellow MPP member who alerted me to a story written by an apparent tween (the leading demographic here). After skimming the fluff piece, my takeaway is that it’s Medium’s latest and flashiest attempt to avoid paying writers what we’re worth.

Why? Because this newest scheme amounts to us paying ourselves! By ponying up an extra ten bucks a month so that “More of our membership dollars can support the writers we love!”

You mean, so I can support me?

What the hell? As another writer so savvily shared, this amounts to a pyramid scheme, worthy of a certain psychotic member of a certain felonious crime family that is bound and determined to fuck up this country beyond repair. I suppose this is Medium’s solution to the stench of defeat that has permeated the place for months now.

Writers, including top earners, have been jumping ship in droves, to the sound of crickets as Medium has not responded. Perhaps they believe that pretense is the best course of action. Pretend the defection isn’t happening, and it won’t.

Oh, but it is. I can’t find the writers I follow. Plus Medium has me stuck in a



Sherry McGuinn

Long-time writer and big-time dreamer. Screenwriter. Cat mama. Red lip aficionado. sherrymcguinn@gmail.com