7 Days of Positive – Day 154: Which Buzzfeed quiz are you?

Last Friday I went to a talk at a British Society of Magazine Editors breakfast, given by Luke Lewis, who is the editor of Buzzfeed UK.

It was so fascinating my ears were coming out on stalks to take it all in.

Mr Lewis was amazingly generous with the tips and tricks he shared with us – or more like super confident. Buzzfeed is riding high and it’s likely to stay up there.

Luke Lewis, editor of Buzzfeed UK

Luke Lewis, editor of Buzzfeed UK

One of the things I found most interesting was to hear how they are moving into becoming a serious news gathering source, so not just responding to the big stories broken by trad news media, but finding and making them.

They’ve hired some really serious ex-newspaper journalists from the Sunday Times and the Guardian to do it.

At the end I went to have a chat with him and asked him what the average age of his staff was. As I expected, he said 25.

Considering all my bezzie mates – 50 and up – and friends in their sixties, are always posting Buzzfeed quizzes on Facebook and getting hysterical about them, I suggested he should think about hiring some older people as well. Someone like me.

I’d love to work on Buzzfeed for a few weeks – I see myself as the female version of The Internship. It would be such good fun (and it would make great material for my next book…)

So I thought I’d have a go at doing a Buzzfeed quiz specifically aimed at my generation and older.

Of course it’s harder than you’d think, but mother’s milk to me because I honed my journo skills on women’s magazine doing quizzes along the lines of:

Does he just like you – or does he LIKE you?
Mostly As: He thinks you’re great. One of the guys. Fun. But he’s never thought of you as a possible girlfriend and it would probably be impossible to get him to change his mind set now. All those late night boozy chats, you’ve been a little too frank with him… he likes a woman with a bit of mystery (so you wouldn’t really want to go out with him anyway, would you?)

Mostly Bs: He thinks of you as a friend, but he hasn’t entirely forgotten you are also of the opposite sex. He doesn’t think you’re interested in him, so he’s happy to let things bump along as they are – but it wouldn’t take much to make him see you as serious date potential.

And so on.

One of the things I really love about Buzzfeed is that it joyfully includes all the things we weren’t allowed to say in magazines in the 1980s. I would love to have added ‘that time you drank all the tequila and ended up lighting your farts didn’t exactly help…’ in Mostly As, for example, but it was unthinkable then. That would so play on Buzzfeed.

So I really loved putting this quiz together, because it’s a much more rounded creative process than those old skool ones, because first you have to decide how you’re going to frame your content (I’ve studied the different forms on the site at great length…ahem, I SO DON’T WANT ROSS, I WANT JOEY), then you write it and then you get to choose the pics, which is great fun.

So here is my first Buzzfeed quiz.

 

WHICH SONG WOULD JONI MITCHELL HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT YOU? (Or your last bonehead of a boyfriend.)

What are you drinking?

A.

A.

 

B.

B.

 

C.

D.

D.

E.

E.

 

F.

F.

 

What do you drive?

A.

A.

 

B.

B.

 

C.

C.

 

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D.

 

D.

E.

 

E.

F.

 

What shoes are you wearing?

A.

A.

 

 

B.

C.

C.

 

D.

D.

 

EYEBWW-HEROC

E.

 

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F.

 

 

How did you dump your last girlfriend?

A.

A.

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B.

 

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C.

 

D.

D.

 

E.

E.

 

F.

F.

 

Have you got the time?

A.

A.

 

B.

B.

 

C.

C.

 

C.

d.

 

E.

E.

 

F.

F.

 

What are you reading?

A.

A.

 

B.

B.

 

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C.

 

D.

D.

 

E.

E.

 

F.

F.

 

Your hero… 

A.

A.

 

B.

B.

 

C.

C.

 

D.

D.

 

E.

E.

 

F.

F.

 

If this really was Buzzfeed this is the point where you’d click and find out you were Miranda (I got Carrie HA HA). I don’t have that programming, so I’ve revisited the tried and true ‘Mostly As’ format.

Mostly As
The Last Time I Saw Richard
It will always be 1987 to you.

Mostly Bs
My Old Man
You’re a soppy old hippy, but it’s hard not to love you.

Mostly Cs
Car on the Hill
Man about town. Cocksman. Toxic bachelor. Asshole. (Please call… please call…)

Mostly Ds
Chelsea Morning
Williamsburg Morning. Dalston Morning. Clapton Morning. Hastings Morning.

Mostly Es
Trouble Child
Shame you had those last five hundred Es… You were fine up until then.

Mostly Fs
The Hissing of Summer Lawns
Sell out.

7 Comments
  • WattleflatJane
    June 23, 2015

    Hahaha. Soppy old hippy, would you believe it?

    I haven’t come across Buzzfeed before, which shows what a Luddite I am (as well as being a hippy…). So I am intrigued.

    What resonated with me, though, was your comment about employment (or lack thereof) for 50 and 60 somethings. Watch this space. I am hoping that this time next week I will have something exciting to share, which means for this little black duck : bucking the trend.

  • Zayin
    June 24, 2015

    This is hilarious. I love it. Go work for buzzfeed! I read your books as a teenager and thought they rocked. Your writing will always be totally fresh.

  • lara
    June 24, 2015

    My last dud did dump me by text (after 1 years) while I was at work (extra points for that one), drank coca cola (despite being type 2 diabetes) and prob needed his mother to tie his laces for him !!

  • Jacqui
    June 29, 2015

    Hi Maggie, I have been missing your posts in my inbox. I have tried resubscribing a few times but I get:

    “There was an error when subscribing. Please try again.”

    Is there something else I should be doing?

    Thanks

    • maggie2015
      June 30, 2015

      Thanks very very much for alerting me to this. I’ve noticed that comments have really died down and I think the subs aren’t working. I’m going to ask my friend the tech genius if she can help. xxx

  • Lizzy Bradbury
    July 4, 2015

    Hi Maggie

    I’m an old friend of your brother Nick. We haven’t seen each other in the flesh for about 30 odd years, but I knew him when I was at Oxford Poly! I feel I know him much better now through his facebook posts. He is so creative! So are you, I have discovered. What a talented family!

    I am a one-to-one tutor of children with additional needs, Mum of two grown up sons who are almost launched and wife to Simon. I have recently managed to gain a ‘She-shed’ in which to write. A few years ago I wrote a book for children aged 9-12 and haven’t had any luck with publishing it so far. Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame, has read the synopsis and first three chapters. He wrote back to me an extremely encouraging letter saying ‘you can certainly write and I see no reason why you should not be published’. What a lovely guy!

    I was hoping that you might be able to recommend some publishers I could approach in Australia.

    Thanks for bothering to read this!

    Kindest regards

    Lizzy Bradbury

    • maggie2015
      September 4, 2015

      Hi Lizzy, how nice to hear that Mr Fellowes is a decent human being. I’m wondering why you are thinking of targeting Aussie publishers in particular? Is there a connection? The advice all writers are given now is that you need to find an agent first and let them do all the hard work finding a publisher. A good friend of mine (who is a brilliant writer) was having problems even getting to the agent stage and she invested in doing the writers’ course at Faber & Faber. That led to introductions to agents and publishers then fought over her book which is a bestseller. So my advice would be to try and find an agent who specialises in children’s authors and if you have no luck with that, see if there are any publishers offering courses in writing for children. My friend found it helped her writing as well as giving her the crucial introductions. I hope that helps. best M x and yes my brother is a constant source of mirth and joy in my life. I never know what he’s going to come up with next…

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