Raghuraj Hegde, Top Writer 2017 & 2018
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Yash Geryani, Auteur (question), 2017 et 2018 · Author a des réponses 1.1k et des réponses 7.2m.
Réponse d'origine: How does using Quora affect you?
“If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.” ― Isaac Asimov
This question got me thinking of a time before I discovered Quora which was not too long ago. I'm not exactly sure when I wrote my first answer but from my stats I discover that it was sometime in November 2014.
I've have an unhealthy relationship with the Internet. Many of my friends/classmates from school and college used internet for email, chatting, social media etc. I did that too but for me internet was about gaining information. I'm a compulsive reader. I read all the quotes on restaurant menus. I have to read each and every word of english in every museum I've visited. I remember that I once spent 20 hours non-stop on wikipedia just reading link after link and it was somewhat unstoppable . I'm like a drug addict but the only difference is that my drug is information. I only realized this was a problem after I got married.
I think this was an extension from my childhood where I used to read the entire next year's textbooks (especially english, mathematics and science) during the summer holidays before the academic year even started. I used to open up radios, TVs and VCRs trying to find out how it works (with some disasterous consequences when I couldn't put it back together). On Sundays I used to try out some of the experiments mentioned in Halliday & Resnick's Principes fondamentaux de la physique (that resulted in a very angry mom on many occasions). I also prepared an explosive in my school chemistry lab and fired it in class (What's the craziest thing you ever did in school life? - Breaking Bad was Déjà vu)
Before I discovered Quora I was part of some online forums for medical students/doctors and some general information forums. I wrote some answers on Yahoo answers but gave up soon since I wasn't getting any feedback from it. I am a compulsive writer and have an obsessive compulsive disorder to explain things to people. I was always lurking around the internet to contribute looking for ways to express myself.
I started with poems in school and eventually discovering that I could write essays which could hold people's interest. I had started mon blog in 2008 but it was composed of my poems, inner ramblings and some personal stories which I thought was important to let out. My blog was my way out and I never hoped someone would read it. But people did and some liked what I wrote. But eventually people stopped giving feedback as my writing dropped. I still had many stories trapped inside me but not enough was getting out.
And then Quora happened. The floodgates opened
Initially I was just reading everyone's answers amazed at the level of life experience all these incredible writers had. I never for one moment thought I was anywhere close to these people. This also initially intimidated me about writing answers. Despite all the talk of Quora standards dropping these days I still find something amazing almost everyday.
I eventually overcame my starting troubles and started writing answers. I started out trying to clear out some wrong concepts about ophthalmology, vision, eyes, medicine and healthcare related stuff being perpetuated in the site but slowly started answering questions about medical school, the various problems of being a doctor in India and ended up writing about how I prepared for my residency entrance exams. I even answered some questions on career advice topics. As I received a lot of feedback from readers (good and bad but mostly good), it encouraged me to share more of my personal stories about the angst of becoming a doctor and then being one- bit by bit. I slowly realized that I found a medium where there was an eager audience for what I wanted to say. I eventually started writing about a lot of other things that interested me and felt strongly about- Politics, books, learning, education, India, LGBTQ issues, etc. I wrote more than 500 posts within my one year on Quora which is more writing than I have ever managed in a single year in any medium. I owe Quora that!
It has been a good ride so far. Within a year of being active on the site I was selected as the Quoran of the week in November 2015 and the time since has been the best of my time on Quora. I found validation from many of my fellow Quorans that my writing indeed was positively contributing to the site. I made many friends in Quora when we connected virtually and met in real life. At last count I have 1437 followers, 95% of whom I don't know outside of Quora which means people do like what I write. The 5% of the Quorans I do know outside Quora are because of my new friends in Bangalore Quora meet up group. None of the people I interact with in my real life (including my wife) are active on Quora though some have Quora accounts.
The good effects of Quora:
- It has increased my writing productivity exponentially. I also think it has made me a better writer.
- I have a excellent outlet to my brain which never seems to shut down
- I live vicariously through the experiences of others on the site which I may never ever experience myself.
- I have made some wonderful friends here on Quora and I feel I have found some kindred minds
- It makes me responsible for the information I give out, especially the medical ones. I double check that everything I say has a good backing and I change my answers if credibly pointed out that I'm wrong.
- I realize that sometimes even very articulate and intelligent people can be grossly wrong on some aspects.
- I learn about new interesting things about start ups, entrepreneurship, business, publishing, etc. which I would have never come across otherwise.
- I gain knowledge everyday and sometimes a little wisdom too.
The bad ones
- Wife is not happy. She would rather the site shut down or they kick me out. She even offered seed funding for Quoraholics Anonymous ( I have information about other spouses of Quora power users eager to fund this as well)
- I spend every little bit of free time I have on Quora instead of doing many other very important things- like wash my car for instance!
- My reading outside of Quora has suffered because of it. Academic and non-academic.
- I hate people arguing in the comments of my answers without any shred of evidence to counter my answer and ignoring anything I have to say. Earlier I used to have comment wars but now I just end it saying lets stop when the discussion is going nowhere and block them if they persist to push empty rhetoric down my throat. I welcome good comments but not stupidity.
- I'm just amazed at the misinformation spread around in the internet (including Quora) about nearly everything health related. People believe anything written on the internet and even present it as evidence. Well known or famous people can misguide others by just stating their ignorance on Quora. So I never take anything on Quora at face value. One of the biggest lessons I learnt here.
- The new mobile app editor is absolutely crappy. I have nearly stopped writing answers on my mobile app which significantly reduces my contribution to Quora. I'm unlikely to answer many of the short A2As because of this. Will someone please fix it?
What I feel about Quora is something akin to what the little girl feels like in this picture below which I took at the Singapore kite flying festival.
â € <â € <Because happiness comes free of cost.
Merci pour le A2A Koyel. This one made me think quite a bit
Sameer Watve, Engineer, Writer, Reader, And I watch TeeVee !
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Réponse d'origine: How has Quora affected your life?
These are three things right now I've in my mind.
It has gotten me a job.
Seriously. I'm not kidding.
Lnt was that company. After few questions, interviewer asked me what else you do ? (Literally, his words)
I said, I'm active on Quora and gave him brief introduction of the site.
Tell me one question that has been answered by you, he asked.
I narrated him one of my answers (technical field, of course). Here's the link of that question.
Sameer Watve's answer to What is meant by a negative power factor? When does it occur? Why? What's an example?
I'd seen this question on quora, had researched little bit. As the wise men said, best way to completely learn/absorb a concept is- explain that to others.
Helped me to speak up.
-When my CA sister and her friends argue over economics (GDP, budget, tax revenue),
-And when my cricket loving friends discuss about Rahul Dravid, ab de villiers, commentary by Harsha Bhogle,
-And during communication class, when we get topic for group discussion like why pre-martial sex taboo in India,
And when people talk about Python, Siri, Narendra Modi, Atheism, Christopher Nolan, Books, Jobs and careers, Life lessons, Short stories, Left wing politics, Television series, Startups, Space technology, Photography and millions of other topics,
I have SOMETHING to say !
Thanks to Quora for this transformation from passive listener to active speaker.
Acted as a mentor.
Look at my bio.
It says, I'm an Electrical Engineer, reader writer, TV freak.
This is false. No, I am not any of that. I realise this every time when explore Quora !
There are thousands of TRUE engineers, readers, writers and even TV freaks here.
(Writing : James Altucher, Ellen Vrana ; Reader : Deepak Mehta ; Engineering and Science : Richard Muller, All rounders : Balaji Viswanathan, Jimmy Wales )
Their answers gives you not only the knowledge, motivation but also the path. This chemin thing is important. The guideline, not just mere words, but what exactly you should do to excel. That's what mentorship is.
Imran Esmail, Co-Author of Quora Domination, Founder @ EscapeYourDeskJob.com
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Réponse d'origine: How has Quora changed your life? Does anybody have any examples of how Quora has helped them?
J'aime Matt format here - so I'm going to give you 10 ways it's had an impact on my life so far:
1. It's helped me develop a writing habit
Everyday for the last 42 days (I track my writing habit with Coach.me) I've sat down to write an answer every single morning.
Sometimes I write one because that's all I can muster.
Other days, I go wild and write a dozen.
There's no rhyme or rhythm; no method to the madness.
Just at least once per day and my writing has gotten SIGNIFICANTLY better.
2. I've connected with some amazing people
There's some mad cool people here --
I've heard from others that a lot of Quorans are super introverted, so its hard to get access to these deep thinkers thought's without a platform like this.
As Stephen Hawkin once said:
Quiet people have the loudest minds
I've found this to be true while reading works from the best writers here.
Kevin and I were lucky enough to speak with and interview a dozen of them.
We summarized everything we found in our book - Quora Domination - which you gotta check out.
3. It's given me great ideas
I've read people's answers to come up with ideas for:
- How to network correctly
- How to deal with family issues
- What businesses to start
and everything in between.
Someone always has a good idea you have never heard about.
4. It's touched me on a personal level
Check out the writing by Dushka Zapata, James Altucher et Ellen Vrana.
They bare all with their words and their writing inspires me to share my own stories in the most raw form possible.
5. I've remembered the internet is about PEOPLE
Sometimes we forget...
...we forget that across from this post sits another person going through their own journey in life.
Having real struggles...living with real problems.
I think Quora has helped me remember who they are. It's enabled me to truly connect with others when I read their deeply moving stories.
You just can't get that with Twitter.
6. It's helped me research ideas for my books
Often before I start writing a book, I check out Quora to see what people are asking about on the topic.
See my methodology for using Quora for research here --> The Ultimate Guide to Selecting the BEST eBook Niche
Here's my author profile --> Amazon.com: Imran Esmail
7. It's given me AMAZING exposure for my interest
I really enjoy writing books.
I've shared how I use Kindle to self-publish books on my website.
Quora is now my #1 traffic driver and I've been able to reach a ton more people who also want to write books by sharing my story on here.
8. It's opened my eyes to everyones REAL struggle
Quora is like the anti-instagram...
I frigging love that.
In an age where people carefully concoct what people think of them by only posting the most perfect aspects of their lives, Quora is refreshing.
If you want the UGLY, the HEINOUS, the STRUGGLES and the DIFFICULT times that come with attaining happiness and success and from just living life, Quora is the place to be.
9. It's pushed me
Shoot, I said I would write a list of 10 answers so I have to do two more. Ok, so Quora has helped push my writing skills and my brain to the brink.
I'm literally sweating writing this answer.
Every-time I write an answer, I have to go searching for a story that will relate from my life or from another persons life.
I have to push myself to make the answer stand out and ensure I convey the message in such a way that its inspiring others.
It's not easy - some days my mind doesn't want to work. The words don't flow out like the breeze - I struggle but I continue writing.
Because I must...
...or my writing skills atrophy and I miss connecting with thousands of new and interesting people.
"Once you stop learning, you start dying." - Albert Einstein
10. My writing leads / inspires others
Whew, 10 - Mat - I don't know how you did it man - these last two ones were hard but here goes...the final one - better make it good.
The biggest point for me through this whole journey is that I've been able to inspire others or help them get a new direction when they get stuck.
I can't explain how many quora readers have started emailing me on my website or messaging me here thanking me for a piece I wrote.
It brings me great happiness knowing I helped someone even a little bit.
So, that's what really keeps me here...
That's what keeps me writing...
For all you Quorans:
Kevin and I are putting the final touches on a book for the Quora-Nation entitled QuoraDomination.com featuring interviews with Nicolas Cole, Brandon Lee, Dushka Zapata, Bala Senthil Kumar, Matan Shelomi, Tony Stubblebine, Charles Conseils and several other top writers.
If you love Quora as much as we do, you NEED to check it out.
Ian Morgan, Quoran since 2013, TW 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
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Yash Geryani, Auteur (question), 2017 et 2018 · Author a des réponses 1.4k et des réponses 4.8m.
Réponse d'origine: How does using Quora affect you?
Melissa Hoy asked me to answer this. Now I'm sure she asked a lot of people to answer this but she thought of me and A2A'd me on it.
I've never met Melissa in my life. I'd happily buy her lunch were we ever to meet but there's a solid chance that that would never happen. I think the world of her and greatly respect her opinion on a wide-range of topics. Also, she's answered this question and it is, as her answers almost always are, excellent. (Psst, hey Melissa, not only are you smart and funny, you're a genuine person. I respect the hell out of you.)
I am, currently, in a really shitty place. I have Depression and am currently going through a really, really bad spell. I recently got a message from a Quoran whom I consider to be, in terms of Quora, out of my league so to speak. This person is, for lack of a better word, famous. At least on Quora. Tens of thousands more followers, millions more in views. This person is an incredible writer. They messaged me to congratulate me on being named Top Writer again and we spent a little while catching up and the subject turned to my depression. I received kind words backed with genuine care. That counts for a lot in my book. And I got it on Quora, of all places. From a person I sincerely doubt I ever would have met out in the real world. I am being ambiguous about the person's identity as I do not want to disclose private conversations without their permission.
As I mentioned, I'm in a really tough place at the moment, yet I'm on Quora, answering questions. Trying and failing, as always, to match the example set by someone like Melissa, or Ellen Vranaou Dan Holliday. And, again as always, shamelessly namedropping people I like so that they can read the nice things I say about them. Though, if I'm honest, that's not about getting them to see what I say about them but rather the validation I feel knowing that I have gotten to interact with people I firmly believe to be my intellectual superiors.
Maybe you think this is the Depression speaking. It isn't. I genuinely am surprised that I've been made Top Writer twice. No, TW doesn't really mean anything but, at the very least, it's a feather in my cap and my cap often feels conspicuously lacking of feathers.
On top of all of this I've gotten to meet some of these people! I was in a dark, too loud room in NYC, sandwiched between Dan Holliday and Ara Ogle. Which was, to say the least, an enjoyable experience. I got to meet and mingle with the likes of Charles Faraone, Scott Danzig, et Erica Friedman (can't say it enough, think the world of Erica) and Chloe Shani Malveaux (all of them are just delightful). Hannah Cho et Ariel Williams, et Gary Teal, and so many more! Oh, and Jonathan Brill was there too. That was just one night. I came away hating NYC but feeling like a real part of a community.
And that is the effect that Quora has, at least for me. No matter where I'm at, what I'm doing, how I feel, I know that there is a community of smart, funny, interesting, amazing people who are a part of my life. And I'm a part of theirs. Sure, I can find validation here. My answers have been featured on websites, one of my answers was featured in a special edition "Best of Quora" book, I've been named Top Writer twice. That feels good. None of that really matters when compared to the warmth and welcome I get from the people I've mentioned here, not to mention the many others who have been able to touch my life thanks to this website.
This site bills itself as the best place on the internet to find an answer. To me, at least, what's more important than the answers are the people giving those answers. Or asking those questions.
(I can never do one of these name-droppy answers and fail to mention Clare Celea. She has been a good friend from pretty much the start. I wouldn't have been on this site for more than a month or two after I started had it not been for her kindness.)
Dhairy Boghani, Medico. Writer. Researcher. Curious alive carefree person.
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Short introduction of myself so you can understand my answer : I am final year Medical student in India and my topmost dream is to serve the society in every way I can. I want to bring the change in lifes of people in a way everyone should be happy, satisfied and successful. (I know it's too big to say for me at this level.)
So how does quora bring change to my life?
It helped me to reach out to people, help them, motivate them, solve their queries and make life easier! It provided me to share my experience, so everyone won't suffer same things what I suffered!
As a part of my dream, I engage to many medical research activities. So I have written answers on quora about medical research given my email id there. And until now I have replied around all 115 queries in 1.5 years. I have also created a blog : ICMR
As I have been successful to reach medical college, I know how to read. So I write answers about motivation to study and how to concentrate and read effectively. Also about how to reach in medical school. All answers on Blog : Motivation for study
Before coming into medical school and at now too, I am clear about my dreams, my life goals, what should I do and what not. I have fought hard to be reach where I am and I am still fighting my own battle. So I write about how to make and achieve goals and how to fight against all odds of life. I also write about how to think out of box. Related answers on my blog : Self Motivation & Philosophy of Life
Not only writing, I also answer all messages I got from quora users without any expectations. I don't know who they are. I have deleted record and forgot name. Why to remember whom I helped.
The real happiness for me is I am sure I am doing these things selflessly. I have got 115 mails about ICMR and only 40 upvotes in that question. I have answered more than 100+ people via message (Quora+Facebook) and almost none of them are my followers even. So clearly I am not working for popularity.
I am going to be full doctor in 8 months. My primary dream is all about saving nad transforming lives and that's why I have choose to be doctor. I also show doctor's perspective of life to general population. Meaning of life as a doctor!
So as only saving lives was not enough, quora has provided me the platform which proved butter on the bread for me!!!
Ayush Saxena (आयुष), chemical engineer ,an avid reader
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Amala Pulavarthi, 17 years teen! · Author has 109 answers and 1m answer views
I must say Quora has indeed had an impact on my life.I would say that it is the best app you would probably have on your idiot box(smartphone)
Most of the my time would be wasted in travelling between home and university. It takes around 2 hrs a . Alors what shall I do to kill this time ?
I live in mumbai and for those who don’t know how’s it like to travel in a local train.Just see this pic-
It was very irritating to stand like this and stare people without doing anything productive..And in such situation I used remove my smartfone from pocket and s read on Quora app.And you don’t come to know that 2 hrs are over and you have reached your destination.
Since 3 years I was doing that and you cannot know how much knowledge about knew things in numerous field I have gained .
Quora also revived my hobby and interests -
Although I am a Ingénieur chimiste but my first career choice was to become a physicist.
I followed topics like-Physique ,Physique de la vie quotidienne ,Chemistry of Everyday Life and many others.Read answers from the best authors.And I know little bit about some higher topics.
Secondly,I also had interest in international politics,culture and history of vaious countries,current world affairs.When I was in 6th standard I memorized all the flags,currencies,capitals of over 200 nations.
I followed such topics and met new writers like Balaji Viswanathan ,Dimitris Almyrantis (ottoman empire and middle east),Michelle Zhou (china),Hoang Nghiem (黄) (culture,economics,politics),there are many more.
thus I developed keen interest in such topics and i like to read about it in my spare time.
How’s Quora different from google-Because you get personal opinions from people who have experienced or know about that thing.That something génial.
It has widened the scope of my interests - some of the writers on Quora are so damn talented that they've made me interested in subject matters I'd never paid much attention to in the past.
Quora didn't make me famous or land me a job. But this is not why I joined it, anyway. I joined it to read and learn and later I found out that I could also write and teach. I like teaching, I like explaining things to people.
Before Quora, I considered social networks a waste of my time. I wasn't seeing any value in participating in pointless chatter. On Quora I feel that I am contributing to something positive, that I am leaving a legacy, a written opus.
De plus, il est intéressant de