I appreciate the sentiment here, Brad.

That said, I think a flaw in this thinking is that if one doesn’t put their work in their own publication, then they can simply put it in a…

I appreciate the sentiment here, Brad. As someone that does use personal publications, as you call them, I can understand how it can seem to be hindering to a larger dialogue, and I definitely agree that Medium should simply create a new way for creators to show off their personal work.

That said, I think a flaw in this thinking is that if one doesn’t put their work in their own publication, then they can simply put it in a larger one. That’s an idealistic assumption. As it stands, publications can directly add people’s work but not vice-versa. I’ve even emailed a few requesting to join with no luck, so I suppose that’s why I am where I am with my writings.

Cheers!