One of the oft-repeated truisms that I heard growing up was that asking questions was a sign of intelligence. Usually, this was uttered by the same sort of teachers that would say “there is no such thing as a stupid question.”
It was with this in mind that I took myself to Tumblr where I began asking questions. If I am honest, I figured that I would use the questions to keep the Tumblr ticking over so that I could share posts from here.
Instead the whole thing took off in a big way. I was very quickly seeing a couple of hundred notes a day sometimes. In the grand scheme of things, I doubt that is very much but it seemed like a lot to me.
Instead of exploring issues deeply I found myself in conversation exploring other people’s perceptions of the same issues. The rapid turnover of posts has allowed me to discover many more questions about topics I thought I had previously understood.
This process of asking question had pretty much taken over my blogging.
Sharing the questions
At some point during that time, the team back on this platform quietly rolled out a new editor. I think the old one might have supported embedding Tumblr posts, but the new editor makes it very easy. That is when I had a new idea.
What if, I thought, I shared some of the more popular questions back here and explored the implications of the answers I have received?
That is what I plan to do. I’m going to keep asking questions but also try to find some answers too.