Hello everybody, we are back with another Trifecta Talk for this lovely October day. And since we did LTH two weeks ago, I find it only fitting that today’s subject is the one and only Hejman. He has been Miscellaneous Editor for quite a while now, and he’s been at the forefront of quizmaking since it was opened to the public. He also gave me my first EP, which I found as amazing as I find it now :-D.
When did you first start quiz making and how long did it take you to earn the Big Three?
The first quiz I made was ‘Repeat Vowel Starters‘ on January 2, 2010. It stinks. I’ve even tried to pretty it up since, but it’s still awful! It only took me 9 months to earn the Dean’s List badge- I got that in October of 2010. I’m not sure when Curator’s Picks became a thing, but I got the Honor Roll on October 13, 2015. I earned the Crazy Ivan on December 6, 2010, so it took me 11 months to get there. I think I was 4th to get it. I just got the Crazy Ivan x10.
What was your first ever pick and what was your reaction? What about your first publish?
My first published quiz was ‘Movie Villain by Crimes’ on February 27, 2010. Having been a prosecutor early in my career, it was a fun and easy quiz to put together. I remember noticing that it was locked for editing and wondering if that meant that it was going to be published. When it hit the front page at midnight, I was so excited I ran upstairs and woke my wife up to tell her. (She was not as excited as I was…). My first editor’s pick was History as We Heard It II. It was really that series that got me noticed on Sporcle. Audio quizzes were new at that time, and there were very, very few of them- and even fewer that weren’t based on music.
What category did you struggle with the most? Which one was the easiest?
My hardest category is Gaming. I love board games and puzzles, but I was never much of a video game player beyond when I was kid in the late 80s and early 90s playing the NES and the original SEGA. We had an Atari and even had the original Pong! TV, Movies and History have always been my easiest.
Who helped you, or inspired you, the most to earn these badges?
Early on I was inspired by sproutcm, LTH, rockgolf, davidr, booger, henryfieldstone and mrchewypoo. And, of course, Matt and Derek. I actually originally thought that Chris, Luke and Pat (sprout, LTH and rockgolf) ran the site, so many of the quizzes were theirs when I first started playing. It was Luke who emailed me to tell me that there was a new designation on the site called an ‘editor’ and to ask if I was interested in being one.
Did you actively try to earn any of the badges? If so, when and why did you start?
I was totally disinterested in badges until earlier this year when I decided that I should probably try to get some. In one month I earned something like 350 of them.
What is the most rewarding part of making quizzes?
The most rewarding part of making quizzes is seeing the fun that people have with them. Some of my published quizzes are almost 9 years old now and I still get comments from people about how much they enjoyed them. Many of my quizzes feature my…. ‘unique’ sense of humor, and I love it when people tell me they’ve enjoyed my awful jokes and puns.
Which of your published quizzes are you the proudest of?
With 730 published quizzes, it’s hard to point to a single one that I’m proudest of. It’s like having more than one child- they’re all different, but you love them all the same.
Any advice for would-be badge earners/quizmakers?
My advice for would-be quiz makers is to make quizzes for fun and education only. Make what you love and what you enjoy. And if other people enjoy them too, well then all the better.
Thank you for the interview, Hejman! What is perhaps most impressive is how many inspirations you listed, despite joining earlier than the vast majority of people ;-). Yet, unlike LTH, you couldn’t choose a favorite quiz, which is understandable. I guess Hejman is just an all-inclusive guy, which is pretty cool.