Dennis Hambeukers
Design Transformation Evangelist
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The day my Medium account was restored

published on 2018-10-01 by Dennis Hambeukers

Because my Medium account was suspended, I wrote an email to my friends at Medium. I asked them about the reason behind the suspension of  my Medium account. After a day, I received an email back from them explaining my account was mistakenly caught in their spam filter.

“It looks like your Medium account was mistakenly caught in our spam filter. I have now restored your account and all your posts. We apologize for this inconvenience.”

Reply from Medium

Something must have triggered the spam filter. I’ll probably never know. But the good news is that everything is back in order and my account and all my posts are visible again. Hooray. All my posts, followers, claps, highlights are not lost.

The writing workflow

In the meantime, I concluded that even if my account would be restored, that I would switch back to a self-hosted WordPress blog as my foundation. Years ago I switched from WordPress blogging to Medium because the User Experience was much better at Medium. Today, the writing workflow with the new Gutenberg plugin is similar to Medium. Plus WordPress offers more control. It’s easier to create more context for my blogs. I also have the feeling that a post on Medium, an article has to be more than a blog, some short, periodic thoughts.

It’s good to do a little coding

Plus I feel it’s good to get into coding a little bit more. My work has evolved from interaction design and development into strategic design consultancy. This means I don’t code a lot. A prototype now and then in HTML/CSS/JS. But I think it’s good to get my hands dirty from time to time. I used to develop sites in WordPress, but haven’t done so in a long time. And it’s good to be back 🙂 Next to the Gutenberg plugin, I installed the Askimet and Jetpack plugin from WordPress.

A new world

I like the feeling of exploring a new world, see what the options are, see to what new ideas and initiatives this environment leads to. Systems create behaviors. I’m curious to see what new behaviors this system creates. Today I bought a diary of René Redzepi, the chef and co-owner of the most creative restaurant in the world: Noma. The book is actually three books: a recipe book, a photo book, and a diary. It reflects the day to day life at Noma. I started my journey at Medium two years ago with a series of notebooks (Service Design Notebook and Design Leadership Notebook) with the idea of creating a travel-journal-notebook of my journey in service design and design thinking. It resulted in a series of articles. But maybe I have to add in some more blogging, day-to-day thoughts, in addition to more finished articles? René Redzepi kept a daily journal to document his journey. Maybe I should do the same? What would that create? What would that lead to? A year of daily journaling? When to start? Any day is as good as the other. If not today, then when?

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor noma book a work in progress

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