You spent some time in Egypt. What did you like most about living there?
It was magical to live near the Nile. One of my friends lived in a houseboat. Occasionally, he would host parties and there was something so special about getting to watch the city lights of Cairo in the river water.
Could you briefly tell us a little bit about your previous experience doing professional editing?
I worked in digital marketing at a tech company for almost two years where I was responsible for editing the abstracts, titles, and content of professional webinars. In some ways that work reminds me a lot of what I get to do at HubPages, where I help subject experts get their message across clearly to as many people as possible.
Could you also talk about your academic qualifications?
I graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in International Relations, focusing on the Middle East and Arabic. A large portion of my studies involved writing long academic papers—often at the last minute. I was also nominated for a writing award for a paper I did on T.S. Eliot and Cubist art.
What’s your favorite thing about working in the editing industry?
I love working with words. I wish I had something more profound to say, but it’s really as simple as that. I’m a believer in the power of words to change hearts, minds, and the entire world. To me, the editing industry is vital to the new media landscape.
What do you like most about editing Hubs, specifically?
I love editing Hubs because of the variety of topics. In a typical day, I might edit an article on the symptoms of pregnancy, how to save a failing marriage, or how to fix a guitar string. I feel like I’m constantly learning. Hubbers are a diverse bunch!
Could you tell us a little bit about your personal process for working on Hubs?
Each Hub is unique, but there are some similarities in my process for working with them. First of all, I make sure that the organization of content is as reader-friendly as possible. How do the images look? If I clicked on the article from a Google search, would I want to continue reading it or would I click the back button? Once the article looks good, I make sure that the reader can get the information they are looking for as fast as possible. Finally, I read the article out loud to myself to make sure I catch all the spelling and grammar errors. Reading it out loud slows down my eyes so I don’t skim over any thing.
Is there anything you’d like Hubbers to know about you?
I want to make you and your articles look as good as possible. Also, I live in San Francisco and have a plant named Deb.