The Medium Element You Forget to Use
Just the other day, I was feeling like I wasn’t good enough. Like I didn’t have what it takes. I was beating myself up. It was one of those days, you know?
I felt like I was falling behind.
I think the avid Medium readers out there will know where I’m going with this. If, somehow, there’s a person reading this who hasn’t read Jamie Varon’s To Anyone Who Thinks They’re Falling Behind, fix that right now. It’s an amazing post. And, for the second time, I read it at the exact moment I needed it.
Thankfully, the first time I read it, I bookmarked it.
I think the bookmark feature is sorely underutilitized. Why? Well, for starters, I simply wished that I remembered to use it more. The posts that are resonating with me and moving me today might be exactly what I need 2 days from now, 2 weeks from now or 2 years from now.
But I also think there’s something powerful about marking something as so important you want to revisit it. In our busy world of instant gratification, it’s easy to read something once and then move on to the next thing. But there is something so special about coming back to something you started to read. Letting it simmer and ruminate in your mind. Pondering it.
Do we ponder things anymore?
Well, I just did so yay for me! But seriously, I want to start using the bookmark feature more. I want to slow down and really ponder what I’m reading. There are so many great writers that post amazing content on Medium. They put their heart and soul into their work. It’s only right for me to put my heart and soul into reading it.
In the Medium world, I think that means recommending AND bookmarking. If a recommend is a heart (See what I did there?), then a bookmark is a soul. Let’s read with our Medium hearts and souls.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some posts to bookmark…
Aaron Charles is a writer and marketing account executive from Indiana. You can connect with him on Twitter, Medium or Instagram. Aaron and his wife Sarah run a Medium publication called Cooking With Sarah that documents their weekly cooking adventures.