Leg stretches and forklift cages: Q&A with Content Writer, Richard Hudson
Midsomer Murders, forklift cages, leg stretches and when to drink a very special keg of beer – check out our latest staff Q&A with Richard Hudson. Richard is a Content Writer on our Business & Technology team.
What were you doing before you came to Castleford?
That’s kind of a long story. I was working as the social media manager for the Australia and New Zealand branch of a non-profit organisation while I finished my MA thesis. I also marked a course at Auckland University and had an internship with a research institute based in the US. It sounds like a lot, but I’ve been much busier since joining Castleford!!
You work on the Business & Technology team. Who’s your ‘go to’ person when you’ve got questions about something you’re writing?
I think Biztek is great because all of us have quite different writing backgrounds and varied sets of clients, so it really depends on the topic. That said, I think we all send a lot of questions to Zak (Associate Content Editor on BizTek) – me more than most because he sits right next to me.
What’s the most unusual subject you’ve had to write about?
I wrote an article a few weeks ago on why you shouldn’t let employees stand on the forks of a forklift (and why you should instead buy a forklift cage). That one really stands out because I had no idea the product existed before I started working on it.
What’s the subject that you’ve learned the most about since joining BizTek?
Probably wills and estates law. Two of the clients I’m working on at the moment take news stories and blog content on this topic and I’ve also been the editor on a third. For most people, their experience of wills and estates law is limited to watching Midsomer Murders. There’s a lot more to it than that.
What do you like most about working at Castleford?
I think the work is really interesting and varied and I like the creative process of constantly finding new topics and angles for the clients I’m working with. I also think we have a great office culture which deserves mentioning.
If you weren’t writing for a living, what would you be doing instead?
I’d like to think I’d be travelling. It isn’t something I have been able to do much of in the last few years and I’ve still got a lot of places I want to see.
You won a beer keg during Brilliant Ideas Week a few months ago. Did you drink it in one go?
I wish I had a great story about how I drank the whole keg, but the reality is I haven’t drunk it yet. It’s too big to fit in my fridge so I have no way of cooling it. It just sits on my floor complete with its purple bow. One day I’ll get an ice bucket or something so I can enjoy it properly.
Stretching is super important when you’re writing all day. What’s your favourite stretch time stretch?
I think any of the leg stretches are great. I find my legs are always much stiffer than my arms by the afternoon, so those ones are really useful.