Working on my profile has been quite the experience of racing, hasty e-mails, and staring at a blank computer screen. Last Sunday night, I began scrambling to find a subject when I thought due dates were different and wasn’t getting responses from people I had e-mailed earlier. It was very difficult stalking different websites, groups, and blogs to try to uncover someone interesting that also had an interesting back-story. I felt super awkward most of the time when thinking about contacting different people, especially if they only had a phone number listed instead of an e-mail address. I always have this huge guilt that I am inconveniencing people like crazy when I ask them for help or for an interview.
I ran into even more stress once I finally found a subject because someone else had already contacted them to do the same assignment. It ended up working out well because I feel like we’ll take the story at different angles, but I do still worry that our two different profiles are going to be compared rather than looked at separately. When I went to meet my interviewee, I made the mistake of wearing shorts to a bee farm. I was twitching and freaking out the whole time as bees were landing on my bare legs. It was quite the sight.
Once I had my interview all recorded, I didn’t really know where to begin. I now realize why most people bring both a voice recorder and a notepad because going through an hour long interview word by word to transcribe it on my computer was much more time consuming than I had anticipated. Writing and organizing all of the information I have from my subject is also very difficult, as I feel like I have to get it all in somehow but know that there is not enough room. It’s interesting stuff and I want everyone to know about this person, though, so each fact I cut is like cutting a piece of this person’s life that people won’t get to see.
As of now, I have a draft done that is far too long and wordy, but I kind of don’t know where to go from here. I’m trying to figure out the format Suzi explained to us in class on Wednesday, but I also feel like sometimes that doesn’t always work best for each individual case, as it is very structured. At least it’s just a first draft and I can add in things as I go and get more feedback on the way.