Should Medium be relaxing subscription fees during COVID-19?
This morning I found my subscription payment for Medium membership seems to have failed this month.
So now, when I try to read a vital story, I get an image like the one above.
It looks like I am no longer a member.
Cast out, for not paying up, as no doubt my Bank will have refused the direct debit. I am now one of the great unwashed.
As detailed in some of my stories, my bank accounts have been severely disrupted, due to delinquency first of all by my Business bank near the start of the coronavirus crisis (December).
In short, they stole my money. All of it, hard earned as it was, last year.
So now my abilities to read and write via Medium are severely curtailed, until I can find the funds, and a Bank account that still works, to get the Medium subscription paid, with the coronavirus crisis compounding the issue.
The money I will be paying to Medium represents a quarter of a week’s shopping bill, that I pay every week, to put food on my table.
Ironically, I noticed also there appears for the first time ever, a small Medium revenue this month, from one or two articles, after years of writing for Medium, maybe even enough to cover the subscription.
But still, logistically difficult for me to sort out, as my credit rating has plunged to an extent I now struggle to find even a Bank account.
There are literally millions of people entering a similar predicament.
So Medium are going to find a lot of folk asking the same tough question as I am now.
Should they be relaxing subscription fees during the Coronavirus crisis?
I certainly think so.
Otherwise, they are likely to lose an awful lot of writers.
Not all will be as determined as me to get it sorted out, as Medium will be far from their main concerns.
What do you think?