When it comes to Sporcle, curators truly do know best. In this blog series, some of the great curators of Sporcle share their expert opinions on curating, top-notch quizzes, up-and-coming Sporclers, and a wee bit of trivia.
How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
I was on a Pub Quiz team and was talking to one of the other teams (one that bested us too many times) and Sporcle was brought up as a great way to learn the flags (they almost always had a flag question). So I started playing the Flags of the World quiz. Then a few others…
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
I have worked in book publishing or bookselling for a large part of my adult life, so the Literature category was a natural for me to get involved with. Novel, of course, was my favorite subcategory, so I was happy to see that it was open when the Powers-That-Be put out the call for curators, though I was still nervous about applying. I was so happy when I was chosen, and have loved working on that subcategory so much that I thought that I might take on a second one. Islam had been open for some time, and so I applied for that, and was honored to be selected as curator again.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
Everything about literature is fascinating, right? Anyway, my favorite information these days, the one that I blow people’s minds with at parties, is that sales of physical books are increasing while e-book sales growth is slowing down drastically. So, yay for books!
Other than that, I think that there is interest in some of the more lesser known shelves of literature – poetry, plays, 18th century novels, Ancient Greek Tragedians – is evident, if a little less obvious than interest in Harry Potter (not to dis Harry; but we all know that Hermione would agree with me).
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
Cutthroat’s Books by Their Journeys is very fun, and appeals to my two of my favorite things – books and traveling. If only he’d made the quiz out of chocolate it would have been perfect. And this one, The Struggle is Real – Literary Characters by tim_parr is part of a terrific series.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
Novel: I love things that are a bit different and go beyond ‘Name the Novels by This Author’ (though those are important for my category too). I love how Cutthroat incorporated a world map into a literary subject with his Around the World in 80 Days (Picture Click). And this one, Books Without Magic by DiscoInferniall is clever, while still testing your knowledge of literature. But there have been so many great ones, so those two are just a taste.
Islam: I’m new to the Islam subcategory, so I’ve just had three Curator’s Picks in that subcategory, but I love kfastic’s Pocket Glossary of Muslim Terms quizzes. I have some interesting ones on my list for Curator’s Picks.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I’m a big history buff, so I look forward to anything Cortez has put out, especially if it’s on British history. And this one, History of the Earth: Click the Timeline Quiz by MirrorballMan, is fantastic.
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
Hello, my name is Lisa, and I’m addicted to Find the Star. I have found it be a great way to explore the world through Google Maps and really understand how the curvature of the earth affects distances. Flat maps are so deceptive.
How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
Through the wonderful Sporcle Message service.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
There are some really interesting new quizmakers who have come along recently, such as CGMFan1 and christopherjulia among many others. That’s what’s exciting about Sporcle: every so often a great new quizmaker comes along, and suddenly we’ve got a new timmylemoine1 or bhenderson79 contributing coming up with fantastic new ideas.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
Curled up with Carmen
By my side, with Mimi and
Izzy in bed too.
(A lame haiku about who was in my bed this morning – that would be a dog and two cats; get your mind out of the gutter)
Pearl does a variety of media-related tasks at Sporcle, including blog writing, video production, and social media maintenance. She does research on penguins, enjoys snail mucus in her skincare, and once turned herself Sporcle Orange from eating too many carrots.