Hello, Trifectiers (that’s not a word by the way), welcome to another edition of Trifecta Talk. Today we have an interview from one of our more recent Big Three earners and one of the first people I don’t know what their profile picture is (I think it’s Catgirl or Batgirl?): hatefulmissy! Well, either don’t fly over this interview or pounce on the opportunity to read it!
When did you first start quiz making and how long did it take you to earn the Big Three?
I made my first quiz in August 2014, shortly after joining the site. I earned Honor Roll in August 2016, followed by Deans List in January 2017 and Crazy Ivan in June 2018.
What was your first ever pick and what was your reaction? What about your first publish?
My first Curators Pick was for the second quiz I made, ’60s Girl Groups, and it was also my first publish. It was a pleasant surprise; I wasn’t expecting it as the subject matter skews “older.”
What category did you struggle with the most? Which one was the easiest?
Religion was and still is absolutely the hardest category for me. Music was the easiest; I actually joined the site to contribute quizzes about sub-genres and musicians I felt were underrepresented. (I had been playing Sporcle quizzes for about 5 years prior to joining.)
Who helped you, or inspired you, the most to earn these badges?
DesertSpartan volunteered to help me when I mentioned on a discussion board post that I didn’t know where to start in creating Language quizzes. He contacted me through the Sporcle message system saying he wanted to help, and even came up with a few ideas based off my Sporcle profile alone! I then started bouncing ideas off him, and he always provided solid feedback. Similarly, needapausebutton has helped me to refine many of my History quiz ideas.
Did you actively try to earn any of the badges? If so, when and why did you start?
I only started to actively earn the badges once I was about halfway through the requirements on Honors Roll, in early 2016. At that point I started to really think about how I could create quizzes in subjects I had only limited knowledge, like Science, so I spent quite a bit of time working out ideas for series that could include these categories. The Ties picture clicks was probably the first success I had with that strategy.
What is the most rewarding part of making quizzes?
The sense of contributing to others’ enjoyment of the site is probably tops. As a bonus, I have picked up lots of additional random knowledge along the way, and learning is always a reward in itself.
Which of your published quizzes are you the proudest of?
I think I have to say Vintage TV Dinners and 8 to 1: 1970s American Pop Culture. They weren’t the most time-consuming to make, but I think they best represent my penchant for the kitschiness of the America of my youth.
Any advice for would-be badge earners/quizmakers?
Don’t be afraid to branch out beyond your comfort zone, and make use of the discussion boards. People there are always happy to test quizzes and let you know what works and what doesn’t.
Thank you for the lovely interview (And congrats on that publish today)! Perhaps the greatest word in the interview is “kitschiness”, which to save you the Googling means “the quality of being considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, though sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way”. However, I think we can all agree that hatefulmissy’s quizmaking is anything but garish :-)