I hope this doesn't offend anyone, it's not meant to..but I'm
amazed at some people who are available to give advice so often, and I wonder where they find the time and what's the motivation? (beside obviously being kind and helpful , if any)
It's partly a question of psychology, isn't it? I love that you have asked this question!! HubPages is a great place to see a whole lot of different kinds of motivation, IMO.
What you mention - the desire to be kind and helpful - is probably tops for most people here (I believe). But then ...
For some: the possibility of showing off what they know, a sense of status;
For some: the possibility of correcting others (maybe those who have posted something else previously or the person asking questions) - the teaching mentality; or, feeling better about oneself by comparison with others - one-up-man-ship.
For some: a wish to connect with other people in whatever way possible, stemming from a sense of loneliness or isolation.
As for having the time to do so, the people here (HP) have hugely different schedules and different levels of energy and drive. Some work full time elsewhere IRL and post on HP as a sort of recreation or hobby; some work full time online, including on HP, and probably consider their helpfulness here to be a part of their work; and some have little going on in their lives elsewhere, and so they spend a great deal of time here for numerous reasons.
For some, it's just a desire to matter to the world in some way.
I think it stems from, we were all new sometime and wished for help. That help comes in many forms and from many talented people, most of which at one time were on this site.
The context of creation. What good it does is anybodies guess, but fun for me. Got to teach me something, and learning is my game.
I haven't been as active as I used to be, but I still try to get on to help when I can. When I first started, I didn't know a thing about writing online. There were so many people that helped me, stupid questions and all, that it amazed me.
I believe that HP is a community, and in any community, people stop to help others out. Since I was helped so much when I started, I know how it feels.. Simply put, I want to give something back to the community. They were kind enough to help out a newbie, so now that I know what I'm doing (kinda) I think it's important that I pay it forward.
As for time? What's that?
"I believe that HP is a community"
Perfect harmony of Capitalism and Socialism.
My motivation is just that sometimes I like to stick my big nose into things that have absolutely nothing to do with me and that I could care less about. Other times, the situation is so close to my own experience, I can't help but want to give advice or comment on it. Besides, I'm the boss here and as such, I have all the time in the world.
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