Well, you know what they say (the ‘they’ being me), another Friday, another Trifecta Talk. And it looks like today the forecast is a former Geography editor with a chance of clouds on the profile picture. We’re talking about RobPro, a user whose quizzes have gained notoriety (and in some case infamy) across the site. Well, let’s not Rob you of the ability to read the interview, here it is!
When did you first start quiz making and how long did it take you to earn the Big Three?
I started making quizzes in January 2010 but these were largely poor and/or duplicates! At the time I noted the popularity of the 60 Second Blitz format and this is where I found my first success – earning my first publish in March 2010 for ‘60 Second Blitz: Europe‘.
I think it took me around 3.5 years to get Crazy Ivan and the Trifecta it took me nearly 7 years! Which is probably one of the longest times, but I have largely kept myself to creating in a couple of categories which didn’t help.
What was your first ever pick and what was your reaction? What about your first publish?
I can’t actually remember what quiz my first pick was! However I was likely very grateful as I still am. My first publish I have noted above and I was very excited with that. I get a huge buzz from being published and that first publish definitely spurred me on and kept me making quizzes on here.
What category did you struggle with the most? Which one was the easiest?
I struggle with ideas for quite a few categories on here. Religion and Music are the hardest for me and they are actually very closely followed by Sports. My love on here is Geography, which I guess you can say I find ‘easiest’. Currently out of 786 quizzes, 424 are Geography and as such this category counts for more than half my publishes.
Who helped you, or inspired you, the most to earn these badges?
The one person who helped me out the most was psubball1 who was the Geography Editor during my first couple of years on here and he is definitely the person I give credit to for helping me get started and giving me a boost. It was his help, picks and the subsequent publishes that pushed me on and into other categories.
Did you actively try to earn any of the badges? If so, when and why did you start?
Not so much. I still have four categories with single-figure contributions so in those categories I did try to get a publish in but have not paid much attention to them since.
What is the most rewarding part of making quizzes?
Although I am not a regular contributor these days, I still really enjoy making quizzes. I guess the most rewarding part to me is just seeing them get played and reading the comments when people enjoy them. I really like favourites and even though they are not prominent anymore they really give me a boost and encourage me to make more quizzes.
Which of your published quizzes are you the proudest of?
Although I have an 8-digit play quiz, Clickable 1-100 Mines, and I am proud of that – I feel slightly guilty of how basic it is!
I have to say I am most proud of my Alphabetical Geography series, ‘A’ in Geography etc. I really enjoyed making them and I learned a lot as well.
Any advice for would-be badge earners/quizmakers?
I’d say to new quizmakers, make quizzes in areas that interest you and that you enjoy. Seek help from others if needed.
Also, as I have found out, don’t upset Editors or you won’t get picked!
Thank you RobPro for the interview! I’m curious about the ‘upsetting Editors’ bit, sounds like there’s a story there! Of course, the 1-100 Minefield has been known to upset many people, particularly badge earners. That means it’s always a fun comment section to visit.