I stand vindicated!
I am glad, I chose and ended up paying money for the WordPress hosting instead of Medium. While the platform appealed (because it tends to rank higher in SEO as it has Twitter linkage), I think it is best to grow the blog organically.
But the decision to curate some content — to hire professional journalists and promote verified articles — has made it harder to tell fact from fiction on the platform. While user-generated pieces now have a warning at the top telling users the content isn’t fact-checked, they look otherwise identical to those written by medical experts or reporters. In some ways, this is the promise of Medium: to make the work of amateurs look professional.
Nothing beats the sweet smell of success (and wise decisions)!