Attila Vágó
1 min readMar 6, 2022

I have inadvertently read a lot of shortform on Medium which is one of the main reasons I am finding them to be the worst. Again, specifically on Medium, I cannot see the actual length of a shortform before opening and starting to read it. A 1 minute read is actually a lot longer than 150 words. I know because I had to do presentations in under 60 seconds, and I would script them, and would always go well above 150 words. On Medium what I actually get more often than not is a 20-30s read that either lacks any value, says something incredibly obvious or sells self help. The number of writers I had to mute over the years and click the “show me less of this” option has now easily taken up two working days’ worth of my time and while I know I sound harsh, I do have one life and don’t like people wasting it. Collectively authors have wasted more of my time with shortform over the last 8 years on Medium than poorly written longform articles. Sure, it’s anecdotal evidence, but to me it says something, hence the headline.

Attila Vágó

Staff software engineer, tech writer, author and opinionated human. LEGO and Apple fan. Accessibility advocate. Life enthusiast. Living in Dublin, Ireland. ☘️