#Workshop - June 29th @ 9pm - Grammar Workshop

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#Workshop - June 29th @ 9pm - Grammar Workshop

Wondermom Wondermom
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Originally posted by cherryredhead88
Alright we are doing good! Everyone has awesome suggestions so far I'm sure most of you are looking forward to finding ways to overcome that pesky Writer's Block, and OWL has another great resource with ideas! ...
fabulous tips, I need help with a few of these areas, although my mentor has been great
06/29/2011
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
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Originally posted by sexyintexas
Thanks, I only wonder because some things that I have gotten have been off by quite a bit. It hasn't worked against anything so far but it may for some people.
We've run into it from time to time too, so we just write the review with the actual measurements that we've taken and then shoot an eMail out to EF to notify them of the corrections.
06/29/2011
Kake aka PoeticErotica Kake aka PoeticErotica
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I mentally take notes all the time. I have to really tone it down while my husband and I are trying out something new or I end up being a giant mood killer, lol.
Hahaha. SInce I have a long-distance relationship, that isn't an issue, but I, too, take mental notes the first couple times. Except with the combo of the Duo Obsessions Lavish & the Rechargeable Fairy. There wasn't anything mental involved in that. I should've tried them out separatelly.
06/29/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Kake aka PoeticErotica
Niiiice. Care to send me a copy of said template? I KID! I KID! That's an excellent idea though.
Lol, Girl With Fire has a great written template that she's normally pretty willing to share. Well, less a template and more of a "these are things that should be covered on these products" kind of thing. It's hard for me to come up with general things like that right off the top of my head, but I'm always more than willing to answer questions in messages, so if you get stuck you can always shoot me one to talk about it
06/29/2011
Wondermom Wondermom
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Originally posted by Kake aka PoeticErotica
Hahaha. SInce I have a long-distance relationship, that isn't an issue, but I, too, take mental notes the first couple times. Except with the combo of the Duo Obsessions Lavish & the Rechargeable Fairy. There wasn't anything mental ...
it took me at least 5 uses to find my groove with the bsoft
06/29/2011
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
*Symptom*
You are so stressed out you can't seem to put a word on the page...

*Possible Cures*
Get off the computer and use the toy a few more times!!!

Ok, sorry, Michele told me I shouldn't write that but I couldn't resist.
06/29/2011
sexyintexas sexyintexas
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Originally posted by cherryredhead88
It is suggested to submit a support ticket, yes. You can also email JR or message him on here to get it changed. I typically do that along with adding it to my review.

They probably have a hard time keeping up with so many products!
Yeah I would only do it if it would really make a difference. The Fascinator Throe that is got is quite a bit larger than what was listed, which to me is a definate plus and it may make a diffence to someone knowing that it is large enough to use as a full spread on a twin bed.
06/29/2011
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
One thing that we tell our students who seem overly anxious about writing their review is to NOT read whatever reviews the product already has on it before they start. That seems to go a long way towards heading off some of those problems.
06/29/2011
Kake aka PoeticErotica Kake aka PoeticErotica
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Originally posted by Petite Valentine
This doesn't have much to do with grammar, but I suggest measuring tape (and a scale) because I find the 'official' measurements of many toys are not exact.
Most definitely. And to answer sexyintexas as well, I don't know, but I think you just include the information in your review and make a point of noting that it differs significantly from the official product info. At least, that's what I seem to have observed.
06/29/2011
Wondermom Wondermom
when do you guys typically start writing your reviews? within the first week or closer to the deadline?
06/29/2011
cherryredhead88 cherryredhead88
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Originally posted by Antipova
These are all really good.

Another one that's Eden-specific:

Symptom: Any of the above

Possible cures: Test the toy again!
Lol great one!

Yes in case you all haven't noticed, OWL is a site for academic writing, but it fits the review writing pretty damn good.

@Kake- a lot of people make their own templates in word as well. I did that for a while when I was getting used to the standard template here.

When I first started on Eden I would write tons of reviews at once. I would be so excited that I would write them the same damn day!

Now that I am busier and more settled into Eden I take my time, take pictures, go back and read through it again, and then finally publish.
06/29/2011
sexyintexas sexyintexas
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Originally posted by Alan & Michele
We've run into it from time to time too, so we just write the review with the actual measurements that we've taken and then shoot an eMail out to EF to notify them of the corrections.
Right! I always put the actual measurements on what I recieve as well.
06/29/2011
sexyintexas sexyintexas
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Originally posted by Alan & Michele
*Symptom*
You are so stressed out you can't seem to put a word on the page...

*Possible Cures*
Get off the computer and use the toy a few more times!!!

Ok, sorry, Michele told me I shouldn't write that but I couldn't resist.
LOL!
06/29/2011
Kake aka PoeticErotica Kake aka PoeticErotica
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Originally posted by cherryredhead88
Alright we are doing good! Everyone has awesome suggestions so far I'm sure most of you are looking forward to finding ways to overcome that pesky Writer's Block, and OWL has another great resource with ideas! ...
What if you're just having a hard time finding the damn time? That, and a touch of mental block that's non-specific?
06/29/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Wondermom
when do you guys typically start writing your reviews? within the first week or closer to the deadline?
It depends for me. Some things that are single use or aren't meant to have a long life span I'll generally sit down and write shortly after getting. A lot of things I've been able to write reviews on within a week or so of being able to use the item, but there are some things that I've had forever and used a whole bunch of times that don't have reviews yet. The only thing that I kind of suck with is battery life on things. Things that take physical batteries, I'll just share the same pair of batteries between all the toys. If something isn't very powerful with that set, I'll try a fresh one, but I'm at least usually able to tell if it's going to be a big battery drainer.
06/29/2011
cherryredhead88 cherryredhead88
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Originally posted by Wondermom
when do you guys typically start writing your reviews? within the first week or closer to the deadline?
As long as it is done in a decent amount of time, it can be started whenever.

If I really like something I can start jotting down points about it in the template and then go back later to elaborate.

If it's something that's meh (as I mentioned before) it takes me a bit longer to get started on. Unless it's something I really dislike , like those damn Phallix toys.
06/29/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Alan & Michele
One thing that we tell our students who seem overly anxious about writing their review is to NOT read whatever reviews the product already has on it before they start. That seems to go a long way towards heading off some of those problems.
Huh, that's different from what I do. I usually have read all the reviews before I buy the product (which is good, I think, because then I'm aware of exactly what I wanted to know that nobody else had mentioned.)

Though, I guess, I don't really re-read them again until after I receive the item and it's written and published.
06/29/2011
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
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Originally posted by Wondermom
when do you guys typically start writing your reviews? within the first week or closer to the deadline?
That depends on what it is. For games, oils, lubes and media, we'll typically start writing within the first week. For lingerie or anything that goes buzz or has movable parts, it will be closer to the deadline. We test those things out quite a bit first, and like to wash lingerie at least once to see how it holds up.
06/29/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Kake aka PoeticErotica
What if you're just having a hard time finding the damn time? That, and a touch of mental block that's non-specific?
Dear Kake---hop out of your mental block, because I'm curious about the next thing you'll review. Do you know which item it is yet?
06/29/2011
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
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Originally posted by Wondermom
when do you guys typically start writing your reviews? within the first week or closer to the deadline?
I start making notes as soon as I open the box, but I like to use the toy at least twice before I formally write a review.
06/29/2011
Wondermom Wondermom
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Originally posted by cherryredhead88
As long as it is done in a decent amount of time, it can be started whenever.

If I really like something I can start jotting down points about it in the template and then go back later to elaborate.

If it's something that's ...
yeah, I have some toys that I am meh on and its hard to even think about writing one
06/29/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Kake aka PoeticErotica
What if you're just having a hard time finding the damn time? That, and a touch of mental block that's non-specific?
If you're using the extended template, sit down and write one section at a time. The standard template only lets you save with 300 words or more, so you can sit down and start writing part of it, fill in the rest with gibberish as a place holder, and come back later. That lets you work on it piece by piece rather than having to sit down and do the whole thing all at once. Non specific mental block can sometimes be broken by starting to write about something inane like the packaging. That's been the start to many a review when I'm not quite feeling like writing much.
06/29/2011
cherryredhead88 cherryredhead88
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Originally posted by Kake aka PoeticErotica
What if you're just having a hard time finding the damn time? That, and a touch of mental block that's non-specific?
That can be very tricky. I generally try not to overload myself with too many reviews (although that is a feat in itself when you get so many options!) and take a little bit of time here and there to write bits and pieces.

The problem I have with time is getting my video reviews done, because something is always going on that makes it hard to sit down and actually do one up.
06/29/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Wondermom
when do you guys typically start writing your reviews? within the first week or closer to the deadline?
I usually test the first week, and mentally plan the review. I usually write the review during a day in the second week, and then let it sit in my drafts overnight so I can recheck my grammar and spelling before I publish.
06/29/2011
Wondermom Wondermom
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Originally posted by Jul!a
If you're using the extended template, sit down and write one section at a time. The standard template only lets you save with 300 words or more, so you can sit down and start writing part of it, fill in the rest with gibberish as a place ...
this is similar to what Girl with fire told me, she said start on the easy sections of the extended review, packaging, size etc first
06/29/2011
cherryredhead88 cherryredhead88
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
If you're using the extended template, sit down and write one section at a time. The standard template only lets you save with 300 words or more, so you can sit down and start writing part of it, fill in the rest with gibberish as a place ...
You can also start your review in the experience box and move up to the big box later. I used to do the jibberish thing but I discovered that I ended up repeating myself in reviews because I just copy and pasted what I had written already.
06/29/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Wondermom
this is similar to what Girl with fire told me, she said start on the easy sections of the extended review, packaging, size etc first
It's good advice, and I've told the same thing to students before.
06/29/2011
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
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Originally posted by Antipova
Huh, that's different from what I do. I usually have read all the reviews before I buy the product (which is good, I think, because then I'm aware of exactly what I wanted to know that nobody else had mentioned.)

Though, I guess, I ...
Well that makes sense since you're buying the toys, and we do the same thing in that case, but we meant for the items that are assigned for review.
06/29/2011
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
I'm going to have to come back and read the rest of this thread later because there is a load of laundry that MUST BE DONE. (We need a barfing smiley.) Keep the good ideas coming!
06/29/2011
Kake aka PoeticErotica Kake aka PoeticErotica
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Originally posted by Jul!a
Lol, Girl With Fire has a great written template that she's normally pretty willing to share. Well, less a template and more of a "these are things that should be covered on these products" kind of thing. It's hard for me to come ...
Awesome, I'll ask her tomorrow. Thank you! And, I do keep meaning to shoot you a message. Wasn't there something specific I was supposed to msg you about? However, it keeps slipping my mind.
06/29/2011
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