I have had similar thoughts in the past.
Thanks for shining a light on them.
Sharing the following about my journey with the Highlights limitations in the hope they may help settle your thoughts a little and keep your golden energy on writing and being you…
As you point out, highlights fill up the notifications with all the “also” prompts.
At first I would copy and paste the notifications into a spreadsheet and filter them into the prompts I used.
But.. as the notifications hit into the ‘000,s, because as you say the more you read and highlight the more this number grows, I became overwhelmed.
I didn’t want to miss anyone’s beautiful comments or presence but I also burned my limited free time trying to administer the process.
I only rely on email notifications and comments on my pieces now. Ignoring the notifications.
Acceptance that I will miss some because there are inconsistencies with Medium’s emails and there are times I am not notified when a response has a response.
I still love highlighting though.
- It focuses my thoughts as I read.
- It lets the writers know what I connected with and leaves a trace of energy and thanks to them
- If I go back to the piece, I can see what caught my focus at the time I read it. See how with hindsight and experience my focus may have changed.
While I don’t want to be a burden to anyone’s energy, I can only trust other users will learn there ways to accept the limitations of Medium.
Talking about them like you have done here, leaving breadcrumbs for the development of Medium UX to be improved.
I am clueless on the trending! Agree the data science thing is weird. Something screwy with underlying code for sure!
Thanks for amplifying your thoughts are gifting space for me to reflect on how it affects my reading experience on Medium.
Thank you for being you.
PS my drafts folder is a shemozzle too!