Asa writer, there is not much to beat the thrill of a request to add your piece to a publication. Making things convoluted defeats the interactive community that is emerging and developing here. I look at the stories from big name, outside publications and know they have no stake, and no interest in me, whereas the publications that have grown up here on Medium are looking within the community and looking out for the community of writers and readers here. Too bad to make it complicated, too bad to hype groups that already have platforms.
As I write the sun has come out here in Madrid, weeks of welcome rain and now the sun, I know there is a grand plan and this is a small and subtle proof of the universe of things (not the internet of things) we truly live in. Write on, read on, advocate.