Good quality content is of utmost importance, and one that the “do this to get 5000 followers!” and “how to be a top writer in a category with only 5 posts!” articles aren’t following.
Honestly, don’t worry at all about being a top writer. I am one and I still think it is relatively meaningless. You can tag all stories and comments, so if you’re doing enough of them, especially in a category without a ton of tags, you’ll be a top writer. It doesn’t really MEAN anything other than that you post regularly within a specific category — not even that your posts are good!