#Workshop - October 26th: "Influences and Goals"

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#Workshop - October 26th: "Influences and Goals"

El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
A question about formats - do you always use the extended format (if it is available)? Just curious about your thoughts on that.
I almost always use extended. I use the standard when there's a particular way I'm wanting to present a product to review.
10/26/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
I have a hard time picturing you being shy.
A lot of it has to do with audience. I'm really responsive to other people, so if I use too big of a word and somebody's eyes glaze over, I immediately freeze up and want to stop talking. I'm not shy at all if people are interested in what I'm saying.

Video reviewing is pretty easy because I don't have an audience getting bored while I'm talking
10/26/2011
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
Quote:
Originally posted by Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
A question about formats - do you always use the extended format (if it is available)? Just curious about your thoughts on that.
if i'm REALLY in love with a toy and have alot to say, it usually flows. i almost always use extended though, especially if i'm not excited about writing the review. it helps me with prompts, etc.
10/26/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
A question about formats - do you always use the extended format (if it is available)? Just curious about your thoughts on that.
I normally do unless I think I can make something flow super well in a standard review or I'd get too repetitive or run out of things to say in each section.
10/26/2011
Kindred Kindred
Quote:
Originally posted by Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
A question about formats - do you always use the extended format (if it is available)? Just curious about your thoughts on that.
Personally, I do because it helps keep me organized. However, I want to try the free form more because I sometimes feel that the extended format breaks up the natural flow.
10/26/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by aliceinthehole
top2bottom was totally my influence when it came to videos!
He does fantastic videos!
10/26/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
Alice is another person who gets it. I totally love Top2Bottom's videos! They both have a similar style with videos.
Agreed times 10. I love her editing style. Its very fast, fun and informative.
10/26/2011
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
He does fantastic videos!
yeah he cracks my shit up!
10/26/2011
Antipova Antipova
Quote:
Originally posted by Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
A question about formats - do you always use the extended format (if it is available)? Just curious about your thoughts on that.
I practiced hard and now I never do.

I do include my own headings in the standard format using

SECTION NAME

I usually do use, construction (with material, texture, design, shape and size all in one), performance (if it's a vibrator or somethign with performance), care and maintenance (unless it's silicone or glass, where I'll just work it into construction), and then final thoughts.
10/26/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Quote:
Originally posted by Starkiller87
Agreed times 10. I love her editing style. Its very fast, fun and informative.
"Pizza Dick"

...nuff said
10/26/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Starkiller87
Its ok, I told my 28 year old sister that there are more sex toys out there than vibrators yesterday. She was like wait you have that kind of stuff, and I was like Ohhh you have no idea. But now she wants me to send her stuff-I dont even know where ...
Hehe, cute
10/26/2011
Kindred Kindred
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Originally posted by aliceinthehole
top2bottom was totally my influence when it came to videos!
I never made the connection but your two video styles are totally similar!
10/26/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
Some people I've looked up to for their video reviews. Some reviewers just get it. The nowhere near exhaustive list: Tim, Antipova, Kindred, Reasearch, Indiglo, Sam... But I don't think I'm supposed to have favorites...
I hear that, one such person drives me nuts with how long the vid is, like we did not read the review. I guess I just like to see the short and sweet video's, not a full fledged review.

Some of the others I can't get past the first minute. lol
10/26/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Does anyone have any stand-by pieces of advice to new reviewers?

What's the best advice you've gotten on a review you've done, written or video?
10/26/2011
Antipova Antipova
Guess I'm'a need to go watch some of Top2Bottom's! He must not do items I look at very often, because I don't think I've seen one...
10/26/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
I hear that, one such person drives me nuts with how long the vid is, like we did not read the review. I guess I just like to see the short and sweet video's, not a full fledged review.

Some of the others I can't get past the first minute. lol
I know exactly the type of reviews you're talking about. Everyone's different, so they'll like different kinds of reviews.
10/26/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
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Originally posted by Jul!a
You know, no matter how many times you say that I still get all blushy
Ya, I know. But it has served me well so I share when I can.
10/26/2011
Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
I know exactly the type of reviews you're talking about. Everyone's different, so they'll like different kinds of reviews.
And I'm betting they're the reviews that (as a newbie) I'm sitting here going, "Wow..I really like seeing this and the way they show this.." etc. etc. etc.
10/26/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
Does anyone have any stand-by pieces of advice to new reviewers?

What's the best advice you've gotten on a review you've done, written or video?
I think the best advice for writing I received was: use pictures, locate the motor, how flexible is it, whats your favorite setting. I think those always help me when I am reading other reviews so now I take notice to put them in mine.
10/26/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Quote:
Originally posted by Antipova
Guess I'm'a need to go watch some of Top2Bottom's! He must not do items I look at very often, because I don't think I've seen one...
Here's his Boy Butter review
10/26/2011
Antipova Antipova
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
Does anyone have any stand-by pieces of advice to new reviewers?

What's the best advice you've gotten on a review you've done, written or video?
Something I like to ask my students (I hope it's helpful? Starkiller, feedback ?) is "What made this toy stand out to you, why did you choose it from among the other similar toys to this type?" and "Did it live up to your hopes?"

Most people have a motivation when they're buying a toy, and it's really useful for me to see if someone is hoping to get the same thing out of a toy that I'm hoping for.
10/26/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
Does anyone have any stand-by pieces of advice to new reviewers?

What's the best advice you've gotten on a review you've done, written or video?
I normally try to tell people who are looking for advice to try and explain something like they're talking to their best friend over the phone. Walk us through everything from the start; the packaging, your first impressions, and all that jazz.

I think the best advice I've gotten on a review is to not worry about including every single little detail. Oh! And Ivy Wilde messaged me privately to suggest using my inseam measurement for references instead of my outseam measurement like I had been. As soon as she suggested it I went "oh my goodness, I can't believe I didn't think of that on my own" and my lingerie reviews have gotten better because of it I think.

I don't think I've gotten much advice on my video reviews.
10/26/2011
Kindred Kindred
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
I hear that, one such person drives me nuts with how long the vid is, like we did not read the review. I guess I just like to see the short and sweet video's, not a full fledged review.

Some of the others I can't get past the first minute. lol
I pretty much have stopped making standard video reviews because I think mine were pretty dry and boring for the most part. Besides, the adult vids are more fun.
10/26/2011
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
"Pizza Dick"

...nuff said
hahaha... technically it was 'weiner waffles... penis pancakes... '

pizza dick is pretty sweet though. i'll have to use that in future vids...
10/26/2011
Antipova Antipova
Quote:
Originally posted by Starkiller87
I think the best advice for writing I received was: use pictures, locate the motor, how flexible is it, whats your favorite setting. I think those always help me when I am reading other reviews so now I take notice to put them in mine.
Mmhm, Locate the motor and talk about flexibility are biggies for me too
10/26/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
Quote:
Originally posted by Antipova
Something I like to ask my students (I hope it's helpful? Starkiller, feedback ?) is "What made this toy stand out to you, why did you choose it from among the other similar toys to this type?" and "Did it live up to your ...
You are so beyond helpful you have no idea. You really make me think about how to answer questions. The first review you helped me with made it to the rumble so I think that testifies a lot. I really need to write my next review, I love working with you. Boo work.
10/26/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Quote:
Originally posted by Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
A question about formats - do you always use the extended format (if it is available)? Just curious about your thoughts on that.
Only for Descriptive review any more, unless there is a ton of features like a vibe might have. But in the early days I used it all the time, it really does help to get everything in.
10/26/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I normally try to tell people who are looking for advice to try and explain something like they're talking to their best friend over the phone. Walk us through everything from the start; the packaging, your first impressions, and all that jazz. ...
Oh! And with my students I always suggest having an experience section. It doesn't have to be long and lengthy, but to me, having one that tells us why you were interested in the product to begin with and what you liked and didn't like about it really makes the review and the reviewer seem more personable and friendly. When I read a review without one I sometimes feel like the review is a little standoffish and "this is how it is" even when I know the reviewer doesn't mean it to come across that way.
10/26/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Kindred
I pretty much have stopped making standard video reviews because I think mine were pretty dry and boring for the most part. Besides, the adult vids are more fun.
...and you like to show off your awesome bathroom!
10/26/2011
Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
Here's his Boy Butter review
OMG - awesome. Hilarious - I really did enjoy the video!
10/26/2011
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