It has been a while since we've done a spotlight on one of our editors, so we've got a truly exemplary editor to spotlight today. What do you get when you combine a very active forum poster with cats and plop them down into a tiny town in Oregon? You get TrilbyKat. We've been watching TrilbyKat for a while. She edits up a storm and is a great (and prolific!) presence in the Topix community. Let's see what she has to say.
Why did you want to become a Topix editor?
I was enjoying the interaction on my favorite forums and wanted to become more involved. I first applied to be the editor for my (very) small town and then The Cat News. It’s really satisfying, so I’m glad that I did it.
Where else do you find articles, outside of Topix?
I peruse local news outlets, as well as county and state websites to find stories that are pertinent to my town. I also check recreation, visitor information and local agency’s websites (such as Fire & Rescue) for news. Sometimes I will write a story myself. For the Cat News, I have a newsreader and a long list of cat’s sites that I check in with.
(editor's note: This is a great idea. If you don't use an rss reader, it is definitely worth checking out. We'll talk about the basics of rss feeds and feed readers on an upcoming post.)
What are some editing pitfalls you've learned to avoid?
Having to re-edit a story because of a bad headline, summary or other error. The Preview window is invaluable.
What is your prior editing and writing experience?
I’ve done some writing for various projects including plays, songwriting, puppet shows, press releases, newsletters and children’s stories. I am currently working on curriculum for preschoolers. Topix has provided my first editing experience.
What question would you like to ask other Topix editors?
Do you think that the new judging option will make your job easier, since users now have a way to vent their frustrations at posters they disagree with?
Are there any newspages not currently on Topix that you'd like to see?
We absolutely need a page on Antidisestablishmentarianism, don’t you think? Okay, I was just kidding.
What other user-edited pages on Topix would you recommend?
My hands down favorite page is Science/Technology. Offbeat is fun, too. You never know what you’ll find there.
What is your most memorable editing experience on Topix? Big story? Reader response?
This is it, no doubt! What an honor. Thank you.
Are there any other user editors you'd like to promote?
Cash and Iria both make all their pages outstanding. Their personal blogs are also immensely entertaining. In addition, Topix Ed is doing a great job on the Topix Editor News page and throughout Topix.
What other internet sites do you visit regularly?
I post a monthly blog on Blogger, and check in on BlogCatalog, MySpace and Yahoo! Answers occasionally.
What advice would you give to other editors in making a great page?
Pictures really make a page pop.
What question do you wish we'd asked you?
Would you buy stock in Topix? The answer is, “Yes. It’s the greatest thing since cheese was invented.” I’m a big fan of cheese.
We're big fans of cheese too. :)