I’ve actually been writing here almost daily since April of 2017, it says December because I’ve been a premium member, without missing any payments since December.
When I first got here I was trying to do both. However I quickly realized that Medium is all about original content. Copying and pasting posts from my blog to here on Medium didn’t work out well for me but then again I didn’t have an audience yet. I guess it could work, I just drew the conclusion those pieces of mine weren’t performing well because it wasn’t original content, I assumed Medium’s algorithm picked up on such. Could be I drew that conclusion too early.
While I don’t know much about how Medium works in other countries, I see people from all over the world doing their best to write in English despite it not being their native language so I have to assume many feel there’s more of an audience for their work in doing so.
And you’re right, there’s nothing stopping me from having my own website as well. Right now I just have no use for one as I’m not selling anything, just writing. It’s something to think about for the future though. Thanks for reading and I hope I was helpful in answering some of your questions.