I'm busy launching my own blog, so I'll make this quick.
So, everything I said about dev.to is true for Hashnode as well.
That's the reason number one.
The reason number two is when I tried to engage with the community and other people's discussions, I saw a lot of posts and views, but close to no replies. That means the majority of Hashnode users are here not for discussing what they find interesting and not for collaboration, but for the sake of being on Hashnode.
They try to grow their online presence by crossposting generic takes on age-old topics all over the developers' publishing scene.
To me, one genuine follower who wants to read my essays not because they (not) feature some trendy tech and hashtags, but because they're my essays, worth more than a thousand regular "followers" on dev.to or Hashnode.
I also dislike the Hashnode's handling of my essays. You got to either explicitly ban them with notifying me, or don't ban them at all. What kind of censorship is this?
To my readers
Dear sincere readers who enjoy my essays and what I do! Welcome to 🎉 My Own Blog 🎉! It has all the articles I've ever published, it has comments, a newsletter, and has no platform censorship — there is no platform!
You can also hit me up on Telegram.
Goodbye Hashnode ✌️