• Blog Staffers, Reviewers, and Volunteer Page




    Below the Horizontal line, you will find a good amount of the people that make EQD awesome.  While the blog is essentially fan-driven, these guys help manage and control it so we don't get flooded in a deluge of everything and become the next Youtube or Fanfiction.net.

    There are three primary categories:

    Blog authors/Staff

    Pre-Readers

    Check them all out below!


    Sethisto: ADMIN / TRIXIE ENTHUSIAST AND MASCOT ORGANIZER

    Seth's Twitter

    Bio: Posting ponies and there is nothing you can do about it!  I use the exclamation point way too much, play gtalk/steam social whack-a-mole for one half the day, and dig through emails for the other half.

    People seem to think I like Trixie a little bit too much! To them I say: Pretty much.

    (Honestly Twilight Sparkle is my favorite pony.)

    My OC apparently got locked in a cube or something.

    And then my OC pony was Pepé Le Pew



    Cereal Velocity: MINISTER OF RENAISSANCE (When he has time)

    Cereal's Twitter

    Bio: Joined the fandom in early January 2011, and started writing articles and posts for the blog about a month later because he bothered Seth so much that he decided that it would be easier to make him an author than continue to put up with him. Has penned many works of original pony fiction, including a writing guide for new creative writers. Practices visual effects and motion graphics work with his Equestrian Innovations series. Professional software developer. Rarity best pony.






    Phoe: EVENT COORDINATOR

    Phoe's Twitter

    Bio: Phoe is Equestria Daily's company cheerleader, editor, and occasional author. She turned up one day wearing a suit and enthusiastically waving her resume, only to receive a pat on the back and be told it wasn't "that kind of website". Several hours worth of moping about a wasted degree later, she got the job all the same. Rumors persist that she is an evil enchantress who does evil dances, and may or may not be plotting to use ponies as a platform for world conquest. She cannot write an entertaining bio to save her life.






    Calpain: COMMUNITY LIASON

    Calpain's Twitter

    Bio: Serving as one of Equestria Daily’s newer blog authors, Calpain first stumbled into the offices of EqD seeking employment in the Equestrian Innovations division. While waiting to pass Equestrian Innovations extensive battery of background checks and tests he was given a job as blog author in order to keep him from constantly mailing stuff in to the site. Currently mans a number of features on the site, particularly compilations, Blast from the Past posts, Roundups, and Tumblr Spotlights.

    Joined the fandom in February 2011 and actively began participating in pony communities starting in April that year. Currently in his first year of his PhD program studying Parkinson's Disease after completing a two year Masters degree studying Alzheimer's Disease  His favorite pony is the adorkable Twilight Sparkle.


    Xyro: DIRECTOR OF MEDIA

    Xyro's Twitter

    Bio: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... something happened that doesn't pertain whatsoever to Xyro. He came across the pony phenomenon on a computer forum after seeing dozens of rather abnormally hued equines appearing in the avatars of many members. This spawned  what was to be a quick investigation into their meaning, but developed into a two-day marathon of the entire first season. Eventually, and somewhat inevitably, the pastel ponies invaded his home, car, and soul. Corruption became complete at an unrelated convention where an impromptu Pony meetup evolved into a standing-room-only assembly of good friends.

    Currently responsible for coordinating the streams, and making sure they don't get crossed.






    PK: INTERN FOR LIFE

    PK's Twitter

    Bio: Equestria Daily's newest intern, PK was brainwa- er, enslav- uh, I mean hired after he snuck into the office, stole a computer, and posted several updates from a janatorial closet.

    PK joined the fandom in late January, not doing much of anything until March, when he started to write fanfiction. He began bothering Seth all the time to fix small issues in the post. How he became a blog author is a mystery not only to himself but to others around him. Current thinking favors glitches in spacetime.

    In his spare time, PK enjoys playing piano. His favorite pony is Twilight Sparkle.






    Couch Crusader: HEAD WRITER

    Bio: Couch Crusader is living, breathing proof that if you work hard and throw the right bricks through the right windows, you'll be picking up broken glass for a very long time. He spends most of his waking hours getting his hooves wet. When he isn't, he likes to stand behind you and force eye contact.

    Couch continues to pre-read fics for Equestria Daily, writes terrifyingly long episode followups, and covers conventions with business and pleasure. He also inspires English majors everywhere by being gainfully employed. Or ires them. These things go 50/50.

    Couch Crusader's Twitter



    Pegasus Rescue Brigade: LEAD INVESTIGATOR

    Bio: Pegasus Rescue Brigade’s years of experience in saving ponies in mortal peril has prepared him for stressful and potentially life threatening situations.  Like, for instance, working for Equestria Daily.

    PRB happened across the fandom right around the end of Season 1 and immediately took to EQD as his main source for pony news.  After a year or so of churning out pony fanfiction, he took a job with Equestria Daily’s pre-reading staff.  Continually interested in helping with the site’s affairs whenever possible, PRB offered his help on a number of odd-jobs behind the scenes for Sethisto, and eventually found himself promoted to blog author status.


    PRB is also active in the pony community outside of EQD, being involved with a few other ongoing projects and podcasts.  His favorite pony is Derpy Hooves. 



    GameLeon: MOBILE PROGRAMMING PROFESSIONAL

    Bio: Around September 2012 Gameleon contacted Sethisto about a little app he was creating to view EQD posts. Over the following 6 months this little app would evolve to become what is now known as the Equestria Daily app, done just in time to be released for the Season 3 finale news.
    Let's just say the app was properly stress tested during Gameleon's first few days on the team.

    Learning about the fandom in November 2011 and becoming a more active member after the app was released in March 2013, Gameleon is now part of the EQD team as app developer.
    Aside from his app development duties, his contribution to EQD consist of posting minor news posts, and confusing us all with a 7-9 hour time difference and kilometers.




    Pre-Readers
    (Now in chronological order!)



    Alexstrazsa

    Bio: Conned into becoming a pre-reader since the first call for them, Alexstrazsa has been a slave to Sethisto's iron hoof from the beginning. Since then, he's been involved with more things in the fandom then he really should, and every day he risks going overpone. The cost is great, and the rewards few, but he does what has to be done.




    Moonlit Harmony

    Bio: A quiet individual that is often a ghost around the staff, he has been a pre-reader since it's inception and maintains an optimistic view when reviewing, helping to give stories a second opinion or a first when submissions fall behind. Friendly and open, he continues to try to do his best in getting to know the others on the team and doing his job as a pre-reader as well. Both a mediator and observer, he does what he can to keep some semblance of peace, something that is increasingly difficult as the team continues to grow. Change is inevitable but it is both welcome and something that gives reason to be cautious moving ahead.




    Noble Cause

    Bio: Noble Cause presumably died while crossing the Snake River in 1848, and her body was never found. Since that time she has enjoyed a number of activities such as collecting the rings of plastic that come off of gallon milk jugs and shaving unsuspecting forest animals. By the time she was eight years old, she had aged eight years. Famously, Noble became one of the few people in history to whistle the entire score from Hello Dolly while being chased by the Vienna Boy's Choir. She became interested in literature when Stephen King began sneaking into her house each night and slightly moving each of the chairs. One of the most dedicated Equestria Daily Pre-Readers, Noble pours herself over the submitted stories, namely by transforming herself into a non-Newtonian liquid and spilling across them, absorbing them by osmosis.




    Krypqe Forgetterson

    Bio: Krypqe is one of the many bronies roped in by /b/ over on 4Chan. He became a brony upon a day in Feburary, a week or so before 'the bannings' happened, or whatever they're supposed to be called. Anyhow, the ponies captured his heart, and he's been a devout member of the pony cult (We're a cult, right?) ever since. Whilst stalling over his final year of A level exams (Yes, in the real world,) he decided to re-kindle the fan-fic writer within him, and type away about said ponies instead of studying like any good student like Twilight Sparkle would. (Krypqe is not a good student. However, He did pass most of his subjects, despite the ponies' best efforts.) 

    Foolishly, whilst sending the first chapter of his fanfic in, he accompanied it with the line: "P.S. Also, If you're ever running low on Pre-readers/Proof-readers, I can lend a helping hoof."

    And then, that was it. He's been swimming around in fan-fics ever since, doing his best to review what he can, even with his status of #1 procrastinator in all of England.

    Despite what he may have you think, he loves it, and is really bloody happy at the moment.



    Polecat

    Bio: Polecat is one of the night shift ponies at Equestria Daily, where she can often be found gleefully dissecting fanfics with her razor sharp wit. A somewhat geeky filly hailing from Baltimare, she found her way to EqD after a disastrous stint in the Royal Guard. How she came to work for Equestria Daily after that is a mystery, even to herself, but she's smart enough not to pass up a good thing. These days she reads fanfics, tries not to eat too many cupcakes, and prays to Celestia nopony finds out why she was discharged.

    Uhh...



    Aquaman

    Bio: Aqua's remarkable life began seventeen years ago, when he unleashed himself upon the world by punching his way out of his mother's womb and immediately defeating the entire nursing staff in an arm wrestling/raw-steak-eating contest.  After coaching the Toronto Blue Jays to their second straight world series title, Aqua decided that he desired a more lasting impact on the world around him, and promptly shat out the entire Internet we all know and love today, gradually releasing more content when he felt the people of Earth were prepared for it and/or whenever he went to Chipotle.  Wealthy from his successes with this new invention, as well as his nearly prophetic stock picks and his side career as a semi-professional cat herder, Aqua soon became curious about the hitherto unknown comforts of provincial life.  As a result, he rechristened himself with a more common name and lived as a normal, mild-mannered American child until the spring of 2011, when his curiosity was piqued by his discovery of the untapped wonders of what many mortals refer to simply as... ponies.  And the rest, as said mortals also tend to say, is history.






    Blueshift

    Bio: Blueshift is the best pony ever. He enjoys writing stories in which ponies are inanimate objects that love each other, or try to kill each other. His main ambition is to move from being 'the jAaM guy' in Transformers fandom to being 'that guy who writes weird lobster porn' in the pony fandom.




    BronyCray

    Bio: BronyCray had never written anything before ponies, so watching his first story on the blog get him into potential pre-reader status warmed his heart. When he asked to become one, it was more to help support EqD than for his insatiable appetite for fanfiction, believe it or not. With his weekly number of fics reviewed fluctuating heavily on the amount of free time he has (read: none), he still finds it a lot of fun to shoot the crap with the guys (and fillies) behind closed doors. Seth ran out of funny things to say when he sends the prereaders new fics about two months ago, so the poor bastards have to force the humor out elsewhere. If your fic has grimdark, sad, or Rainbow Dash tags, BC has probably taken a look at it.

    It's a lot of fun, and if you had told him back in March that he would be involved in running the community spotlight website for My Little Pony, nevermind having 20-30 fanfictions sent to him daily...well, I'm sure a lot of us know how unbelievable it seems now. What long, strange trip it's been, huh?



    Daffodil

    Bio: Daffodil was buried at sea seventeen miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 23rd, 1954 following a horrific accident involving seven tons of herring paste, a rhesus monkey, and the original Broadway cast of Oklahoma. His dying soliloquy is considered the greatest post-war work of neo-classical Latin beat poetry. Local legend states that his ghost can often be seen preaching to the local dolphin population about the evils of the metric system.



    Ninestempest

    Bio: Attention yay! Hi there, I'm Ninestempest. I first discovered ponies in mid-february (some friends linked "The Greatest Moment in Cartoon History" on his facebook. I was entranced), and started frequenting /b/ (I used to frequent /vp/ and /v/, so migrating to /b/ was easy!) again for pony threads. That was fun for a while. Then I asked somepony for fanfiction because I was getting the itch to write fanfiction (I have awful terrible mary-sue deus-ex filled pokemon fanfiction from just two years ago, eugh) around early march, and somepony linked me Equestria Daily. And, uh, nothing important in my life has been accomplished since. The archive was amazing, I liked the news that was coming up, and writing fanfiction for the blog and the fandom was enjoyable. I started taking it upon myself to read... basically every fic that was posted for a few months, attempting to review as much as possible. I noticed some authors wanted help pre-reading, so I volunteered for some of these positions (I helped for lots of Memories of Days Long Past), and eventually saw that Seth wanted more pre-readers. Having just completed my third fanfic for the fandom, I emailed him, and bam, here I am. Been pre-reading since June 23rd. Whoop.



    Kits

    Bio: Kits is a computer engineer whose special talent is radars and rockets. She sort of fell into that field one day and BAM: cutie mark. Which is an apt description of how she came to work for blogpony in the first place. She's currently working off the debt she incurred when a rocket propelled mishap ended up with Equestria Daily missing a wall and an entire days worth of fan fiction going up in smoke. Health and Safety is still trying to decontaminate that section of the building and doesn't know if it'll ever be habitable again. Apparently she's doing a decent job with this pre-reader gig since nopony holds it against her and she's not visiting Midnight on the moon.






    Pineapple Skitter

    Bio: After being hooked into the fandom with a pony/starcraft 2 crossover, Pineapple stumbled onto Equestria Daily and started submitting terrible fanfic. After a post about the ridiculous queues of content that gets sifted through, he thought about giving something back to the community... so joined the pre-readers!

    Since then Pineapple has tried to keep up with the artists and writers training grounds on deviant art in the desperate hope he can write/draw something to be proud of. In the meantime, he plods through the inbound fanfics and does his best to pick out the gold, and offer tips on shining everything else.



    The Mechanic

    Bio: Mecha Nicbrony is a composite index based on multiple economic variables. He hails from a distant land where great fiery furnaces heat and twist metal to his will, and sparks fly out into the darkened night. Around him metal clangs to the ground, and air drives great machines that drive home bolts and screws as he repairs the clutch you burned out because you were trying a "Tokyo Drift" in your Nissan Stanza, you ninny. "Mech", as those bold enough to speak his name in his presence call him, became interested in literature early in life when he used a copy of The Cider House Rules to defeat all of his enemies in single combat. He has since joined the ranks of the Equestria Daily Pre-Reader Corp in an effort to attain self-enlightenment, balance his karma, and find talented authors he can hunt for sport.






    Benman

    Bio: Benman is a big fan of ponies and a bigger fan of the brony community that sprang from the internet, like Athena from the head of Zeus. He struggles to balance his pony time between reading fanfiction for fun, reading fanfiction to offer ostensibly insightful critiques, and getting his own writing out the door. His favorite stories usually contain melodrama, humor, and/or adorableness. When not thinking about ponies, he... oh, who are we kidding? He's probably thinking about ponies right now.



    NTSTS

    Bio: NTSTS is a pretentious jerk. He is a lover of big words, meaningful prose, music, and equine anatomy. His favorite horse is Ponka Pone, and he enjoys when horrible things happen to good (and bad) ponies. He does not like your story.







    Ebon Mane

    Bio: Ebon Mane lurks the dark hallways of the Equestria Daily offices at night, slinking from room to room with his big, red 'REJECTED' stamp and waging a constant war against words and the people who write them. His shriveled, black core holds no pity, only heartburn. Every time your fic was rejected unfairly, every time your favorite fic couldn't make the cut, every time a prereader clearly didn't understand your OC's greatness... he did it. He even rejects fics from his favorite authors and his fellow prereaders. He likes to write stories that make people cry and start multi-chapter fics, write enough to get people interested, and then never finish them. He probably makes more money than you, but you can tell that he doesn't work as hard. He never holds the door open. Your hatred only makes him stronger.




    HiddenBrony

    Bio: He has no style, he has no grace, this Pre-Reader, writes to his own pace! HiddenBrony, or as he would rather be called, 'Hyde Edenborough Knee,' has the lovely attribute to always be around, but like his name implies, can quickly and easily disappear without a trace. While doing the various oddjobs of the community, Hyde was out and about while traveling from one firing to the next hiring when a letter dropped from the sky. Not one to excuse fate, Hyde tore into somepony else's personal property and found an invitation to Equestria Daily's Pre-reader team, calling the recipient of the letter a 'pony of advanced skill in both literature and story design.'

    Hyde then drawled out some hasty and trite shipfics during the interview process, and then he soon found himself on the payroll of the Equestria Daily pre-readers within minutes. Even more horrid, he's managed to keep his job even though he's been living out of his cubical for the past three months - in which nopony has even noticed.






    Pre-reader #13

    Bio: The pre-reader known as #13 completes his task anonymously due to certain restrictions placed on him by the Fish & Wildlife Bureau. In his youth, he fell in a with a rogue's gallery of obscure essayists who all advocated a form of discourse that involved yelling breakfast cereal ingredients at aquatic mammals. Condemned for minor heresies involving a street-sweeper, aluminum siding, and the original Broadway cast of Oklahoma!, he laid low for a number of years as he travelled the world in the guise of a used sportswear salesman.  #13 began writing fan-fiction during the Monroe administration. He was introduced to the EqD Pre-Reading Staff during a shoot-out in the streets of Istanbul (not Constantinople) concerning the ownership of a time-travelling monkey. He has been lowering the quality of the blog's reviews ever since.




    Vimbert

    Bio: Vimbert wandered into the offices of Equestria Daily one day, carrying a small mound of papers with his reviewing experience and published stories with him and muttering something about "killing the grammatical unbelievers for the coming glorious dawn." Security also had to relieve him of several items, the nature of which could not be printed.

    Despite of (or perhaps because of) his eccentricities, he fit right in with the pre-readers, and can frequently be found in or around the break room, looking at stories while drinking from a flask, often ranting to anyone nearby about whatever awful or awesome thing is in whatever he's reading. The most common response of the staff is to mumble something to the equivalent of "Uh huh Vimbert... I'm sure that you don't like that story just because it has one of the ships you like... Oh, yes, I'm sure Twilight having a dream about Celestia holding her while murmuring poetry in her ear is symbolic of all kinds of—LOOK, A MOOSE!" then quickly grabbing a cup of coffee and leaving.





    Nick Nack

    Bio: I try to pay forward the time I use from others' who help me on my work. On top of the reviews I give for personal acquaintances in Ponychan's /fic/ community, I have my advice emporium, a public program to foster one-on-one writing aid.

    I preread for Equestria Daily as a crossroads between helping others improve their writing (sometimes, part of improvement is being told you're not good enough,) but also to keep me involved in the show and the happenings of the fandom. After all, I'd scarcely be helpful if I didn't know what happened past when I stopped enjoying the show.

    So stop by my emporium for advice and I'll help you. Or submit a story to Equestria Daily, and I might measure you.

    Or do neither. Either way, I hope you keep writing.


    Cassius

    Bio: Known for despising anything and everything to exist, ever, Cassius is the staff curmudgeon. His colleagues regard him fondly from his territorial trappings of the upper attics, making certain to avoid letting him know when anything good or amusing happens. In some display of cosmic irony—Princess Luna’s involvement is widely suspected—Cassius managed to produce the hilarious fiction “A Game of Twits.” In between viciously crushing the dreams of aspiring writers and reviewers alike, Cassius spends most of his time lurking the darker corners of the Equestria Daily offices, most likely seeking out new hiding places for the bodies of those who taunt the color scheme of his OC.






    Drakmire

    Bio: Three out of every seven American homes already have a Drakmire of some variety, usually in a spare drawer or kept in the garage. Drakmire has many principal uses, including (but not limited to): an industrial lubricant, an exfoliant, and a salad garnish. He became interested in reading and literature at an early age, as he was raised by a copy of The Old Man and the Sea. He is noted in many circles for being noted in many circles. His pioneering work studying the philosophical and theological underpinnings of dental floss have earned him seven degrees from prominent universities: four earned, two honorary, and one taken at gunpoint. Drakmire became an Equestria Daily pre-reader when he and his future self both asked to have their parking validated. The actual hiring was the clerical error that resulted. He currently lives in the air ducts of the National Air and Space Museum where he makes models of suburban shopping malls out of household cleaning supplies.






    Pre-reader Who Is Also A Bear

    Bio: Grrrr. GRRRAAAAAAAAWR. Hrrrr grrrrrrrr grawr aaaaoooooooohhhh. Aoooh. Aoooooh. OOOOAAAAAWR. Rrrrrrr.






    Seattle Lite

    Bio: Seattle_Lite is the staff alcoholic. Besides obsessing over what illegal substance he wants ingest next and writing disturbing, horrific fan fiction (Moving On, not Divergence), he also pre-reads for Equestria Daily, belching out some semblance of a comment for the ficboxers to organize into coherent speech before returning to his drunken slumber, usually accompanied by one of the many local working girls. The snoring keeps everyone awake at the office, and eventually, one of the staffers could take it no more, and set Seattle's bed out into the middle of the street, hopefully to be crushed by some van or tour-bus full of Japanese schoolgirls. But alas, this was not meant to pass, and Seattle returned to the office, now sleeping in the ceiling tiles so nobody can remove him without risking being crushed.




    63.546

    Bio: Pre-reader 63.546 was plucked from a greasy alleyway in a desperate attempt to fill a long-standing but obscure statute that the staff employ a village idiot. Luckily, he fit the bill quite well.

    However, horror of horrors, beneath the strangely root-beer smelling crust of buffoonery lay... another layer of buffoonery. But below that second layer... and several others... lurked a brutish single-mindedness to make the streets run red with the blood of those who would splice commas.

    "But he doesn't know any better!" the blogponies would cry. "We can't lock him away with only a stack of Mary Sue stories and some hardtack. Right? Oh, we can? That's it, then."

    Purportedly reformed, he will take a story, nary a glimmer of recognition in his eye, and slowly hand back a list of corrections too long for an intelligent person to have compiled. At least he keeps the grebes at bay. Stupid birds.






    Samurai Anon

    Bio: I enjoy literature and the benefit it brings to all those that practice it. I have done what I can to ensure it improves in all facets, fan or original. I can only hope my efforts will help you.






    Mystic

    Bio: Way too young and (probably) grossly unqualified, Mystic was forced to use every single sneaky, devious and underhanded technique he’s picked up at law school to swindle, cheat and con his way into the pre-reader position. He is a lover of clean and emotive prose and a sworn enemy of dull writing and a lack of narrative technique. When he isn't drowning himself in reviews, he occasionally likes to throw some words together and shake his head at the result, writing almost exclusively high fantasy or post-apocalyptic adventure. While he will read and review just about anything, any 'sad' stories that cross his desk better be amazing, for if there is one thing Mystic can't stand, it's poorly executed and overdone emotion.

    He likes to laugh way more than is necessary and is a firm believer that practice and determination makes perfect. He also comes from Australia, which is the best country ever.






    The Mysterious Pre-reader Do-Well

    Bio: His OC is an alicorn, and that's okay. He once reviewed seven fics and wrote the same scathing review for all of them, in which each individual author then thanked him and offered their daughters for retribution. He rides to work every day on a manticore's back... and rides home standing regally on top of Sethisto's head.

    He is only known as the Mysterious Pre-Reader Do-Well.