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Bulbagarden Staff AMA Thread

Enzap

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Ah, forgot to specify. Yeah, I meant to become a staff member. I kinda just wanna talk and help out.
As takoyaki said, we don't have a minimum age requirement or anything to join staff outside of the 13 years you need to make an account.

We did just run a staff drive recently, so it's unlikely we'll be looking to recruit any new mods in the near future. However, that doesn't mean you can't help out! Some of the most helpful things any of us can do is just be a positive contributor to threads. Follow the rules, don't start or get sucked into drama, treat others with kindness, all that jazz. Then if you see anything that looks questionable, report it so that the mods can act on it more quickly.

Mods have important jobs, but positive, constructive users are really what makes Bulbagarden a fun place to be!
 

ConfectionerMari

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If possible, could someone explain what an average day is like for a staff member? I am warming up to the idea of trying out for staff sometime, but I am curious how time management would work in a day
 

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If possible, could someone explain what an average day is like for a staff member? I am warming up to the idea of trying out for staff sometime, but I am curious how time management would work in a day
OK so this is me, working at Bulbanews.

6:30ish AM: I wake up and die instantly get ready for the day!!

7:00ish AM: Ohhhh man, time to check Bulbaforums and see what's up!! I might have a message from Archaic about an article he'd like for me to write on, some feedback, or some advice regarding translation (he speaks Japanese better than me~!!)

After that I have school, where I check Bulbaforums during intermittent times. I can sometimes get work for articles done from 9-10AM, 11 AM-12 PM, and 2-3 PM, but not always. At least one of those classes tends to be almost like a free period~.

Once I get back from school at around 3ish, I do homework. Once that's done, I have free time from about 4 or 5 PM to 7 PM (after that I just play games).

Writing an article takes...at least a few hours. I have to take notes on the Japanese press release then do the article itself, then add pictures, wait for Archaic to get back with any edits, etcetc. Sometimes I look up from my work and notice that an hour has passed!!

I don't write every day. Archaic is realllllly careful about me not getting burnt out. I can handle it because I like doing this (and it helps my Japanese!!), but I'm always looking for new stuff to write about. I focus on Japan-based news, I'm the best with merchandise stuff, but really anything is OK.

For me, it's relatively easy. I do also take part in LOTS of staff discussions (I talk with the staff a lot!!) and I also help out with the reports system too! I often tend to give my unneeded opinion...and report spambots!!

For what it's worth Mari, I'm biased as a friend of yours (and I don't exactly decide this stuff), but I do think you should try sometime! We usually hire only during staff drives (last one was February!), but sometimes we do hire just because (we need staff in a certain position, etcetc), so...yay!!

This is just me right now as a Bulbanews writer. The mods are different sometimes, maybe, I think. hopefully I'll be able to help out even more someday, who knows!??!?!?!?
 

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I probably would go for the writer position (though I am very flexible, if I'm allowed a little time to learn the ropes I'm up for it) so this is really helpful! Thank you so much tako!!!
 

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If possible, could someone explain what an average day is like for a staff member? I am warming up to the idea of trying out for staff sometime, but I am curious how time management would work in a day
The nice thing about it is that you can invest however much or as little time as you want or can afford. Some people are basically always active, some people have bursts of activity over a few days or weeks and then periods with little activity, and some check in once every couple days and take care of a report or two. There's no "right" way to do it, we're just glad to have the help from motivated people.
 

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This would be a little funnier if it pinged all the staff, but...it doesn't, so I'll say my thingy!!

I'm good!! today's been a very normal day filled with fun!!
good, that's good to hear
 

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It's been a while!!!

Do you like summer!?
 

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Yes. Even though the hot and humid weather causes my right arm to be in severe agony, I will still take summer over winter.
Winter sucks and needs to be made illegal. And snow needs to be a prosecutable offense.
 

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It's been a while!!!

Do you like summer!?
I like the idea of summer - earlier sunrise and later sunset means more daylight to work with, it's easier to wake up naturally with sunlight streaming through your window, fauna and flora are flourishing, you don't have to wear so many layers - and then it arrives, I sweat for a few seconds, and I remember that I actually do not enjoy it one bit.

Spring and Autumn are where it's at. <3 (I hate the cold, too...)
 

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Since I operate forever on a school schedule I can't help but look forward to summer. But the heat, humidity, and unpredictability of the weather can really suck. I love being able to go outside if I feel like it, but if it's 90+ degrees F and 80% humidity I have to have a very good reason to step my foot out the door.
 
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