When I started DOTZ I knew I was going to run interview with people. I asked myself how should I have done it. Preparing questions? Taking notes? Recording and comb through one hour of conversation? Do these tricks make the stories more truthful?
I do not think so.
I'm an old-fashioned storyteller. In other words, I'm more like a granny telling tales.
All the details get lost, but what really matters doesn't.
I really love listening to people, see what they decide to tell me, without asking them questions that will force them to find a smart answer nobody cares about. In real life we don't take notes and we don't know upfront what we are going to ask people.
After having a conversation with a person a want to tell about, I wait and I let the feelings settle. Then I write, maybe after few days, or weeks.
I write about what I remember of that person and his or her story, what got me stumped, what made me think twice or found an echo in my experience.
So, this comes to a cost: the stories on DOTZ can be inaccurate. They are not just twists and turns of facts and dates. They are the emotional processing I made in my head.
People will remember only what is worth remembering.
I leave to serious magazines the charge of making serious interviews.
Here we are doing something different.