How Medium Made Me A Better Reader
I don’t remember how I started reading blogs on Medium. The headline in the body of the email intrigued me. How Medium found my email address is anyone’s guess.
I Went From Fan to Customer to Writer in the Span of a Few Days.
I liked the bite size nuggets of information presented, without too many anecdotes and fluff. I consider anecdotes fluff. I’m more interested in what you have to say and teach then how you derived your information.
I scan articles by reading the first sentence of a paragraph. If the writer is worth their salt that lead sentence should indicate the information contained within the paragraph.
If that first sentence reads like a leading anecdotical, I skip the paragraph and jump to the first sentence of the next paragraph.
There are cases where the writing is so well constructed, I stop scanning and read. But that only happens about one quarter of the time.
Surprisingly scanning allows me to pull the information I want. This scanning has extended beyond Medium. I scan books trying to leapfrog over the anecdoticals. Books by doctors are some of the worse offenders. Writing on the case histories of patients A,B, C, and D that eventually showed him this. No, I don’t care to read about patients A, B, C and D, and what a great leap of logic and reasoning you brought into the equation to reach your conclusion. No, instead just tell me what you learned. Time is a wasting and I’m not being paid to read your shit. Well, if I paid to read your shit, which is usually the case with books, it's worse.
There are books I want to read and not enough time left on my clock to read them
I’m sure there are some purists who think scanning for information is beneath them. To understand the information completely you need to read every word. That’s fine. If I lose a small amount of understanding, the time saved in reading, makes that small loss acceptable.
To be honest, I am the complete opposite when it comes to reading fiction. While I abandon most novels before page five, if I get passed page five, chances are I’ll read the book. I’m currently reading Dan Brown’s “Angels &Demons”. I find his writing masterful. I enjoy reading good writing.