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Help save a talented Medium writer

Jill Ebstein
2 min readMar 3, 2022


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Apparently, Medium has put writers on notice who don’t have enough followers. I know this from two angles. First, I saw this post from a writer I had never seen, which was funny, and someone I immediately followed:

Then I got a notice from a friend, Mitchell Allen, who ran into the same Medium problem. Mitchell is funny, clever, a puzzler, but not as prolific on Medium as others (though he creates plenty).

To borrow a baseball analogy, I call Mitchell a 5-tool player.

He is a poet — and a good one at that.

He writes fiction — some combination of gritty and funny, with a street-smart kind of feel.

He can do the kind of sardonic humor where you’re not sure whether to laugh or grimace or do both — and at the same time.

Mitchell is also a technologist and a puzzler. He is currently working on creating a puzzle book, and I know from a Slack channel that he is a valuable technology contributor on a range of issues.

What he’s not? He is not a self-promoter, which is why I am coming to his defense at the stroke of midnight. I hope I am not too late. Mitchell is great in many, many ways, and if he gets saved (he needs only 9 more followers), I will exercise my gentle but persistent way in getting Mitchell to share more of his work on Medium.

I started this piece by mentioning that I contributed to saving “Keith,” who I didn’t know but was happy to be part of Keith’s effort. I look forward to reading more of Keith’s work. Now I am asking you to do the same for Mitchell.

We deserve Mitchell Allen, and Mitchell Allen deserves us. Most importantly, if you believe that your “like” is worth giving, give now!



Jill Ebstein

I’m about dogs, our lovable and peculiar families, business, and writing in a wide lane, including fiction. I’m a positivity washer too.