Interview of a JetPunker #23 - dug28

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Hello dear JetPunkers!

More or less one week ago, just after the publishment of the previous interview, someone (who? I won't reveal it, obviously) wrote "Finally the dictator is back with an interview. Now let’s wait for the next year!". Today, I'm glad to show you that this JetPunker was completely false. Indeed, here is a new interview, and I am pretty proud to say that it is probably one of my favourite ones, mostly due to my amazing interviewee. But enough talk...

I am honoured to present you this interview, which is the one of the "King of SVG", the unique and amazing dug28! You probably already know him, but I am sure you will be surprised and interested in the reading of some of the information below...

baptistegorce

Hi dug! How are you? Well, that's a bit weird for me to ask it, because I want to do it since the second one but never dared before, but... Would you like to be my 22th interviewee?

N.B.: dug28 had to be the 22th, but then the organization changed a bit because of the YtpO's 2 million takes celebration. You can read more about it here.

dug28

Hello Poirot! I'm doing well, thanks. How are you? I'd be honored to do the interview. I've said it before, but I really appreciate IOAJ. You do a great job.

baptistegorce

I'm fine too, thanks! I'm honoured by the interest you give to IOAJ. Thank you very much for having accepted!

dug28

Glad to do it!

baptistegorce

Good, so I guess it's time to begin.  Let’s start this interview! First, could you present yourself on JetPunk quickly for our readers who don’t know you (admitting that’s possible…)?

dug28

Hello Poirot and blog readers! I’m dug28 (or Doug in real life). I’m from the US, currently living in northern Kentucky near Cincinnati. I seem to be one of the older members of the JetPunk community. I have a wife and three kids. I’m proud to say I’ve influenced all of them to spend at least a little time on the site.

I first found JetPunk back in 2014. Like many, I was looking for a good “Countries of the World” quiz. I ended up here, and the rest is history.

baptistegorce

You are probably one of the most creative quizmakers of the whole website, and many of its most notable users call you the “King of SVGs”. Do you think this nickname is relevant? How do you feel about it?

dug28

To be honest, I don’t think I’ve heard that nickname. It’s very kind, but I wouldn’t say it’s accurate. There are many quizmakers doing things with SVG’s that I have no idea how to do. At the same time, though, I do appreciate it when people enjoy the quizzes I’ve made.

baptistegorce

You are of course well known for your amazing SVGs, but also for your unique picture quizzes, and for the Play-Doh ones among many others. Could you explain how you had this very original idea and how you achieved it?

dug28

Well, I spent a lot of time as a quiztaker before I became a quizmaker. Once I got started, I really liked the creative challenge of coming up with new ideas. I would literally lie awake in bed and try to think of something that a) I had never done before and b) I had never seen on JetPunk. Sooner or later, I stumbled onto this concept of Play-Doh Presidents. I have several other ideas that never came to fruition. For example, I thought it would be fun to do “Pokemon Pancakes.” I started trying to make Pokemon-shaped pancakes, but I found it frustrating, so I quit. I’ll give you one picture as an example, though. You can try to guess what it’s supposed to be.

baptistegorce

As a Pokémon fan, I am in awe of this beautiful and very original Magikarp! But of course it was probably a lot of work. It's still a very cool anecdote. Thank you for the picture!

You have a huge 59% rate of featured quizzes, all in English (excepting one in French), by both nominations and Quizmaster itself. How can you explain this unique success? Are you proud of it?

dug28

It’s both gratifying and humbling. I love the idea of creating something that adds value or makes people happy in some way.

baptistegorce

You once said “I'm not quite a dead quizmaker yet... but I am rusty.” (27th June 2021). Does it mean that you are [less] inspired in quizmaking, or do you just need more time to come up with your amazing ideas?

dug28

So, there are a couple of factors here. For one thing, 2020 was easily my most productive year in quizmaking. I just had more time then, due to the pandemic. In fact, I made Flag Emblems Scavenger Hunt while I was quarantined alone in my bedroom with Covid. (I was the only one in the family who tested positive). As life has gotten back to something that resembles the old normal, I don’t have much margin for making quizzes. Along with that, I don’t have as many brand new ideas these days, and I’m more inspired when I’m doing something new.

baptistegorce

Two years ago, you published your very first JetPunk blog but since… nothing from you on the RUB. Would you say that you are still interested in blog, or not at all? More generally, what do you think about the blog section and its community?

dug28

Yes, it’s been a while since that blog. I liked that one, because it highlighted some quizzes that deserved more attention. To be honest, I don’t see myself being a very active blogger in the future. I did have an idea for a blog series a while back. It would be called “Favorite Meals from Around the World.” Each blog would be based on a meal I’ve had in my travels. I’d post a picture of the actual food, and then I’d tell the story behind it. For example, I once had a lovely steak and ale pie at the Eagle and Child Pub in Oxford (UK), which was famous as a meeting place for authors like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. I was sad to learn that the pub has since closed, but my wife and I had a great experience there back in 2007. 

baptistegorce

It could actually be an excellent idea! I think we all hope you'll find some time to maybe publish a blog like this one day.

Your wife gave you JetPunk Premium subscription for Christmas, in 2019. Was it a good present in your opinion? Do you like this feature in general, and what is its aspect that you enjoy the most? Do you plan on buying it again in 2024 (I know, that’s pretty early to ask that, but still…)?

dug28

Ah, my wife… she gets me. Of course, going ad-free is great, but I kid you not… I have used the JetPunk Premium analytics every day since I got it. I love stats and charts, and there are just so many fun things you can look at. For instance, I like to compare the number of takes different quizzes get when they’re on the front page. Why do some quizzes attract more takes than others? I know I’m weird, but I like thinking about stuff like that. And yes, I plan to get Premium again, even if I have to buy it myself.

baptistegorce

What is your own quiz you are the proudest of?

dug28

I’d have to say the Play-Doh quizzes, especially Play-Doh People from History. It was so much fun to make. The whole family was kind of in on it. They’d give me feedback and suggestions. I also liked the end result. It’s still fun to look at.

baptistegorce

Do you have big projects of quizzes in preparation?

dug28

As I mentioned, I don’t have as much time as I’d like, but there’s a fun idea I’ve been thinking about, and I’d love to make it happen sometime. We’ll see…

baptistegorce

What is the most important event in your own life of JetPunker?

dug28

That’s an easy one. Early in my quizmaking journey, I made Cartoon Versions of Countries. I didn’t know if anyone would notice the quiz, but on the same day that I submitted it, I got an email from Quizmaster saying he liked it and decided to feature it. I was stunned. In a good way. It was just so encouraging, and it’s a moment I still appreciate to this day.

baptistegorce

That's actually pretty impressive! Congratulations!

If you had to resume your JetPunk adventure in one word, what would it be?

dug28

Amazing. I once said in an email to Quizmaster that JetPunk is my favorite corner of the internet. That’s been true for many years now. I love learning new things. I love geography, maps, history, and many of the other subjects covered here. I love the positive community that I’ve encountered here (sure, no place is 100% positive, but overall, the people here are great). JetPunk has been a bright spot through some of the hard times I’ve been through, and I’ll always be grateful for that. I never would have guessed that a site like this would be such a significant part of my life, but here we are.

baptistegorce

Would you change something in your JetPunk adventure, if it was possible?

dug28

I don’t think there’s much I would change. It’s been a fun ride.

baptistegorce

If you had to choose just three JetPunker for their quizzes, who will it be?

dug28

I knew this question was coming… It’s tough because there are too many great quizmakers to choose from. However, since you’re the one asking the questions, I’ll do my best.  My first two names probably won’t be new to most people. #1- Overtired. I know he’s pretty famous these days, but I would just like to say that I noticed him a long time ago, back when he released the “Cartoon Riddles” quizzes. His earlier quizzes were unique and fun, but over time, we’ve seen that his creativity and execution are off the charts. #2- Elboy. I love quizzes that are educational, fun, and visually appealing, and Elboy’s timeline series ticks all of those boxes. I’m also a big fan of the “Jeppy in Disguise” quizzes. They’re funny and artistic, which is a good combination. #3- Joanie. Probably a lesser known name, but Geography on a World Map is incredible. I plan to go back and take it now and then and try to learn as much as I can. The US/Canada and Europe versions are also excellent.

I know I was limited to three names, but I do have to give a quick shout-out to Quizmaster and Stewart. I think what they have accomplished is phenomenal. I’ll leave it at that.

baptistegorce

And for their blogs?

dug28

I’m not just saying this, but your interviews have been my favorite blogs. It’s great to get to know some of the JetPunkers. I love that this site brings together interesting and talented people from around the world. Are you familiar with the Disney ride “It’s a Small World?” JetPunk is like that, if you replace the cute dolls with geography nerds.

Beyond IOAJ, my appreciation of blogs is hit or miss. I thought Pullasorsa’s JetPunk Iceberg blog was fun. I also enjoyed Hibasi’s Balkan Trip travelogue. There are other good ones, but I’ll stop there.

baptistegorce

Haha! Thank you very much, I am honoured. And the comparison is actually pretty interesting and original.

What are your passions in life, excepting JetPunk?

dug28

All kinds of stuff. I like being outside, especially running and hiking. I like playing guitar. I like art. I read a lot, too, especially history. On a deeper level, though, my true passions are my family and my faith. Lots of things in life aren’t that important in the long run, so I try to focus on what matters most.

baptistegorce

“JetPunk actuality question”: The notification system recently got updated. What do you think about this new feature?

dug28

So far, I don’t have strong feelings about it one way or the other. In general, I try to keep an open mind anytime there are changes to the site. For example, I thought I wasn’t going to like the friends feature when it was first introduced. I really don’t want to see JetPunk take on some of the negative aspects of social media. I know QM has expressed the same opinion, which I appreciate. Eventually, though, I really came to like comparing scores with friends.

baptistegorce

You are on the JetPunk Discord server, and we can say you are a bit active on it. What do you think about this server?

dug28

I’m not super active, but I’ve met some cool people there and I’ve gotten a ton of help. I discovered it back in 2019 when I first started making quizzes. I had a lot of questions, and everyone was very helpful. In fact, it’s safe to say I never would have become a serious quizmaker without the server. I am significantly older than everyone there, so I don’t spend much time just hanging out. However, I really like when they host a JetPunk Olympics Event. Those are super fun.

baptistegorce

What do you hope for JetPunk development in the next months?

dug28

It’s been good to see the site continue to grow. Overall takes are up significantly this year. I don’t have any big ideas for new developments. I’ve wondered if it might be possible to host some kind of live head-to-head or multi-player challenges, but I’m guessing that would be complicated, time-consuming, and not necessarily worth it for the site. In the end, I mainly want JetPunk to remain the positive place it’s been for all the years I’ve been here.

baptistegorce

Do you have a message to pass to the whole JetPunk community (or at least to the few users reading these blogs…)?

dug28


I guess my one message would be this: don’t underestimate the good you could do here on JetPunk. If you make quizzes, you’re helping people learn, which is always a good thing. I’ve been amazed at how often geography helps me in everyday life. Not long ago I read a biography about someone in Medieval Europe, and I had a much better sense of the story simply because I’m familiar with many cities and regions. That was definitely not the case before JetPunk.

More significantly, though, you have opportunities here to really make a positive difference in someone’s life. For example, I still remember a comment someone left on one of my quizzes over two years ago. This person went out of their way to say something very encouraging, and it meant a lot. That’s such a simple thing, you know? But it matters. So, that’s it… in the words of Bill and Ted, “Be excellent to each other.”

baptistegorce

What a beautiful answer to put an end to this interview! Thank you very much for the implication, my dear dug.

dug28

I'm glad the interview works ok. Thanks to you!

Oh, and one more thing... congratulations on surpassing one million takes! That's an amazing accomplishment.

baptistegorce

Haha! Thank you very much, I am honoured and pretty proud.

As I said in introduction and then in the interview itself, I was waiting for this one for months, or even years. So thank you very much, my dear dug, for having accepted to let my achieve one of my JetPunk objectives! This interview will stay one of my very favourite ones over the years.

As always at the end of the interviews, some news. I know you are waiting for it, the next interviewee will be chosen with a WITJ, so keep checking the RUB. Also, for those who could be interested my next blog should be the JetPunk 2022 - Year in Review of the French section... in French obviously.

Thanks for reading, and happy Advent!

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Level 60
Dec 5, 2022
Whew, that year went by quickly.
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Level 66
Dec 5, 2022
Nearly time for Quizmaster's prediction review.
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Level 60
Dec 5, 2022
I’m excited for that one
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Level 63
Dec 7, 2022
same
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Level 60
Dec 5, 2022
Wonderful to learn more about this svg expert, have you ever thought about getting Kalbahamut for one of these?
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Level 54
Dec 5, 2022
Thank you!

As I have ever say tens of times, I know who I have to interview. No need of suggestions, thanks. I have a list of JetPunkers written months in advance.

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Level 50
Dec 7, 2022
An interview of kalbahamut would be quite different from the normal interviewees.
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Level 54
Dec 7, 2022
Each interview is different on its own way.
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Level 65
Dec 5, 2022
time to study jetpunkers
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Level 59
Dec 5, 2022
That was quick!
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Level 54
Dec 6, 2022
As you can see...
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Level 43
Dec 5, 2022
That was quick actually...

That’s probably the interview EVERYBODY was waiting for it. I’d like to know who has rejected being interviewed by you ever since you started IOAJ...

i totally didnt say that we would wait a year to a new interview and now i know i hate my interview

Also, what is the JetPunk Olympics Event? It sounds fun...

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Level 60
Dec 5, 2022
MG’s comments on IOAJ before he got an interview vs. MG’s comments after
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Level 43
Dec 6, 2022
my interview was depressively childish tbh
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Level 54
Dec 6, 2022
Haha! Thanks. Make sure it won't be that quick every time. But as I said, this interview was already started before the begining of the previous with YtpO, so... Plus, the next one will be the interview of the winner of the next WITJ, so it should increase the delay.

Clear answer: nobody. I just received once, as explained in the concerned interview, a request for a postponement of several months, but that's all. But I have a few ideas for the 30th interviewee, and most of them should reject my proposition, so the things could change on this point...

Olympics are a kind of competition organized on the Discord server. It can be organized on multiple ways (with teams, bonus rounds,...), but the idea is always the same: everyone has to take the same quizzes, and then there is a ranking by points. Every member can participate. That's actually pretty entertaining. The equivalent of this pleasant event on the French server is called "JetPunk Challenge" and works more or less on the same way.

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Level 43
Dec 6, 2022
Now I can remember of Froufrou at WITJ... idk if she passed the interview for someone else or you had to cancel that WITJ
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Level 54
Dec 6, 2022
There are three options when you are the winner of a WITJ:

-be the next interviewe (like Fionathegreat2, NiobiumVoid and Phytox did)

-choose the next interviewee (like KingEureka did with you)

-decide that the concerned WITJ won't bruing a new interview (like Froufrou did).

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Level 59
Dec 5, 2022
a) That pancake was obviously not a Magikarp, it was clearly a Jigglypuff as seen from above :P

b) This should've been the 28th interview... I'll let you figure out why ;)

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Level 54
Dec 6, 2022
Jokes aside, this Magikarp is just a masterpiece. I could buy it for 500 ₽... well, or 500$? ;-)

Honestly, I was wondering if I could interview dug for the 28th one, but I wasn't able to wait anymore, so it has been 23. I know, I'm not patient enough.

Thanks for the comment!

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Level 70
Dec 6, 2022
What a pleasure to read the interview of such an iconic quizmaker!

I'm not going to hide it, dug: your incredible work on JetPunk has always inspired me. No need to say I'm flattered to be in your top 3!

I especially wanted to thank you for the positive message you have chosen to send through this interview: both on the good that we can do around us (and not only on JetPunk) and on the fact that the family can be a real passion. It is a simple and yet so important thing, which is too rarely underlined.

Thank you of course for your outstanding quizzes which help to make JetPunk so unique.

Congratulations Poirot for this interview: thank you for giving us such good readings!

Oh and one last thing that many will agree with, dug: get back in the kitchen to keep making amazing pancakes! 😁

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Level 54
Dec 6, 2022
Thank you very much for the compliments, I'm honoured. Nevertheless, most of them have to go to dug, who has been an incredible interviewee. As you said, his messages are always positive or constructive.

Haha! Yes, this Majikarp is a masterpiece, I'm pretty sure we all want to see more of these lovely creatures.

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Level 84
Dec 7, 2022
Thank you for your kind words Elboy. :)
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Level 63
Dec 7, 2022
i saw the pancake and thought "its jeppy" lol
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Level 68
Dec 6, 2022
Imagine if I ever managed to get interviewed that would be funny.
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Level 54
Dec 6, 2022
Your only chance: a victory on a WITJ. The next one should be organized at the begining of January, so who knows...?
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Level 68
Dec 6, 2022
What is WITJ?

also I have to wait until february till I can make my first blog.

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Level 54
Dec 6, 2022
Just consult my previous blogs, you should easily understand. Quickly, it's a kind of game which can make you the next interviewee, if you win it, of course.

Being able to write a blog or not is not the problem.

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Level 68
Dec 6, 2022
I may have missed something but I am still quite confused.
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Level 54
Dec 6, 2022
Confused about what? The organization of a WITJ?
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Level 68
Dec 6, 2022
Yes and what WITJ even means
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Level 54
Dec 6, 2022
WITJ means "Who Is This JetPunker?". It's the name of the game I was talking about. You can find and put a like on the five previous editions and the blog of explanations on my blog profile page.
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Level 68
Dec 6, 2022
Oh well I'm not good at that kind of thing so yeahhhhh.

Plus I don't really have time

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Level 54
Dec 6, 2022
That's your problem. No WITJ, no interview for you, sadly. ;-)
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Level 68
Dec 6, 2022
It's fine plus once I'll probably allow people to know a lot about me with my introduction blog in February and I'm already working on a series called "2052" but good luck to whoever eventually wins the interview.

:)

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Level 66
Dec 6, 2022
Nicely done as always Poirot! You've outdone yourself again. Very nice to know more about dug28, the JetPunk SVG Master :)
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Level 54
Dec 7, 2022
Thank you very much! I really wanted to do something great for this awesome quizmaker, glad to read that this gaol seems to be reached.

Haha "SVG Master" could have been used instead of "King of SVGs" on the corresponding question, you are right.

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Level 84
Dec 7, 2022
Thanks again, Poirot. I enjoyed doing the interview and I appreciate all the kind things you had to say. Keep being the positive person you are!
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Level 63
Dec 7, 2022
congrats on getting an interview dug!

there's a reason that you and overtired are the only people that i've actually subscribed to :)

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Level 63
Dec 7, 2022
and once again, a brilliant interview baptiste! keep up the good work, im looking forward to the next WITJ!

maybe i'll actually get it this time

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Level 54
Dec 8, 2022
Thanks for the compliments!
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Level 54
Dec 8, 2022
Thank you very much, dug! It means a lot. I'll do my best to follow this way.
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Level 36
Dec 9, 2022
good blog and great interview
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Level 54
Dec 9, 2022
Thank you!