Things I learned at The Beat this year
July 16, 2013
By Jacob Brunette
1. Writing lists is easier than writing articles. People love reading lists, even if they don’t care about the topic at all. I think adding numbers makes them think that it’s important.
2. Writing articles is hard. Coming up with an interesting take on a subject isn’t easy, and writing about it is harder. I’d much rather just tell other people to do that stuff for me. Except…
3. Managing other people who are writing articles is hard. As The Beat’s online editor this year, I experienced the joy of making deadlines for online articles, watching as people forgot about their deadlines or asked for extensions, or remembered but decided that a deadline of “Friday” meant “11:58 Friday night.” And then, there was the fun of trying to promote our little Facebook notes so that more than two people read them, which is remarkably difficult if you’re not willing to pay Facebook to spam your article into people’s newsfeeds. While I’m happy I got to experience it this year.
4. Making polls is way easier than doing any of those other things. Just tell Iman to come up with a poll, and then add snarky responses and post it.
5. Being an editor is rarely fun, but it is rewarding. As online editor, I got a little thrill whenever I received a particularly well-written article or when the little graph that showed how many people were reading our Facebook page went up. Hopefully, as main editor for The Beat next year, that feeling will only be amplified.
6. Conclusions are hard. This is really the best I can do.