I received a truly unexpected honor this morning. Jonathan Brill, Head of Global Writer Relations for Quora, reached out to me to inform me I’ve been named as one of their Top Writers for 2018.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the site, Quora is a question-and-answer site where anyone can sign up, post a question, and wait for answers to start rolling in. The awesome thing is that many of the people who are waiting to answer these questions are leaders in their industry, so the answers tend to be authoritative.
I’ve been writing on Quora for about a year now, mostly on topics involving software engineering and computer programming. What makes this honor that much more meaningful to me is that the answers I write to various questions are upvoted or downvoted by my peers in software engineering around the world.
So, what do I get?
For starters, I get a nifty badge on my profile page and on the “hover” profile that pops up when people hover over my name or profile pic.
But wait! There’s more! I also get a free subscription to the New York Times, and access to a new Quora “swag” store that will only be available for top writers. So, I’ll probably buy a t-shirt or something to let the world know exactly how cool I am and why they should want to be me. 🙂
Joking aside, I am very honored by this award. I’ve always had a bit of an inferiority complex in my various pursuits, and my day job is at the top of the list. I’ll never forgot the overwhelming feeling of incompetence during my first few months as a software engineer 20-some years ago. To think that now my opinions on the craft are valued by my peers in the profession means the world to me.
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About Nat Russo
Nat Russo is the Amazon #1 Bestselling Fantasy author of Necromancer Awakening and Necromancer Falling. Nat was born in New York, raised in Arizona, and has lived just about everywhere in-between. He’s gone from pizza maker, to radio DJ, to Catholic seminarian (in a Benedictine monastery, of all places), to police officer, to software engineer. His career has taken him from central Texas to central Germany, where he worked as a defense contractor for Northrop Grumman. He's spent most of his adult life developing software, playing video games, running a Cub Scout den, gaining/losing weight, and listening to every kind of music under the sun. Along the way he managed to earn a degree in Philosophy and a black belt in Tang Soo Do. He currently makes his home in central Texas with his wife, teenager, mischievous beagle, and goofy boxador.
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That’s great news, Nat! Way to go!