I’ve been answering questions on Quora (and much more rarely asking them) for about five years now. Quora has been one of my go-to sites for research (one of the reasons I rarely ask questions is most of the time someone else already did!) as well as a fun place to share my thoughts and opinions on things that I have experience in. But I’m was rather surprised to log into Quora last week and find a message telling me I’d been named a Quora Top Writer for 2018.
I never wanted to be a Quora Top Writer
When I first learned about Quora’s Top Writer’s program I spent maybe 5 minutes wondering if I should try to become one. And quickly decided no. The topics I was interested in answering questions for were too niche and I wasn’t interested in answering tons and tons of questions. In fact, after five years on Quora, I’ve answered 631 questions. A respectable number, it averages to about one question every three days. But nowhere near the thousands of answers some folks have.
I didn’t see any real benefit to being a Top Writer, I wasn’t interested in making Quora a major time sink, and while I have a competitive streak and like taking on challenges for the sake of challenges, I’m not one of those people who can’t pass up a dare.
So I’m still surprised and kind of bemused that the feather in my cap (or quill on my profile) I was never interested in getting is now mine.
So What Have I Been Doing on Quora?
Unsurprisingly, given my focus the past several years, most of my answers (over 100) have been in the topic of Polyamory.
In the past few months, I’ve been very active on the Autism topic.
I Really Like Quora
I think the reason I ended up a Quora Top Writer is that I like the site so I spend a lot of time there. And when I’m on there reading what other people have to say, I almost always find one or two questions I’d like to answer too.
One thing I love about Quora is it is a place I can give free rein to my long-windedness. Folks on quora not only accept but often appreciate long, in-depth answers. Especially on complex topics. Which isn’t to say all my answers go on forever. One of my early answers on Quora was to a question about if someone should shave their girlfriend’s eyebrows while she was sleeping. My answer was a single sentence:
Only if you don’t want to have a girlfriend when she wakes up.
Quora is also one of the few places on the intenet that you actually should read the comments. Quora’s Be Nice Be Respectful policy has a lot of problems. (I mean a LOT of problems.) But it has done a good job of keeping trolls, harassment, and ad hominem attacks to a minimum. So MOST comments are either a useful discussion of the answer or adding additional information to a good answer.