Do you ever start writing your reviews early?

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Do you ever start writing your reviews early?

Annemarie Annemarie
Do you ever start early, that is, before you get the item, on a review of a product? Particularly if the product is, for example, a material and/or a brand you know well.

If you do start early, what sections do you begin with?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Yes, I start on all my reviews before I have the product
Yes, sometimes I'll start writing beforehand
9
No, I rarely start early
2
No, I never start writing before I have the product in my hands
34
Other
1
Total votes: 46 (46 voters)
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Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I don't even think about doing a review until I get the note that it is over due! By then hopefully I will have used it long enough to do a good job. If I have not, I wait until I'm ready.
04/15/2012
Ryuson Ryuson
No, I usually am too behind on my other reviews to start writing before I get the toy!
04/15/2012
humblepie humblepie
Nope! I just brainstorm things to discuss in my review, so that I'll be ready to evaluate the toy when it comes.
04/15/2012
Valentinka Valentinka
Sure! But definitely not always, only if I have plenty of time.
I used to make an outline, write material info beforehand, some obvious general information, etc.
04/15/2012
Beck Beck
I don't. I wait until I get the product in my hands. Only because I have had to send back assignments and if it gets discounted or is out of stock for sometime, the assignment might need to be canceled. So, I won't be writing the review.
04/15/2012
indiglo indiglo
No, I don't.

On my most recent review (which was a glass toy) I did start organizing in my head a section of the review that was about how safe glass toys are. I didn't start writing it, but I did start getting the outline organized in my head before I had the toy in my hands.
04/15/2012
Master DarkWolf Master DarkWolf
This sounds interesting...
04/15/2012
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
Quote:
Originally posted by Annemarie
Do you ever start early, that is, before you get the item, on a review of a product? Particularly if the product is, for example, a material and/or a brand you know well.

If you do start early, what sections do you begin with?
yeah i could never start before having the product - i just really need it in my hands to get inspired to write about it. the way it performs and is in person affects the entirety of the review in a large way, so it wouldn't make sense to start writing about it when i'd probably just re-write everything when i finally tested it out.
04/15/2012
DreamWolf DreamWolf
I was thinking a lot about writing details into them before I receive the toys, things what are obvious... Like the material, if it's rechargeable or not, such things... Very basic stuff...

But I just can't make myself do such a thing, can't start to make a review until I am finished with all the needed testing and stuff! So I can make them purrrrrrrrrrrrrfectly good... ^^
04/15/2012
namelesschaos namelesschaos
Sometimes I start the materials section (i.e. find anew way to say silicone=good)before i get the product, a few times is rated an intro explaining why I got the toy if I thought that was something I want to include in the final review.
04/15/2012
wildorchid wildorchid
I'll write notes the day I get the toy: initial first impressions and such.
04/16/2012
Silverdrop Silverdrop
I had to return a review item once for being defective, and the partly written review is just sitting there in my review drafts, mocking me.
04/16/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
I'll mull some things over in my head but I won't ever start writing the review until I actually have the product and know I can write the review on it.
04/16/2012
GONE! GONE!
I think the most I've started writing early is the title if I come up with a clever one.
04/16/2012
JessCee JessCee
I'll write out expectations and things like that... so, kinda, yea.
04/16/2012
K101 K101
Quote:
Originally posted by Annemarie
Do you ever start early, that is, before you get the item, on a review of a product? Particularly if the product is, for example, a material and/or a brand you know well.

If you do start early, what sections do you begin with?
NEVER!
04/16/2012
sktb0007 sktb0007
No. I've done quite a few reviews on products from the same company (DreamGirl, Coquette, etc) but I can't base quality or feel of a material, etc on past experience because not every piece is the same (if that even makes sense). I can't write a single word until I receive the product.
04/16/2012
Woman China Woman China
I start writing it in my head the moment I get the email saying my order has been shipped. I start thinking about how I want to write about the anticipation and how I might incorporate the technical details like size and shape and such in a new way.

I wait till I actually have used the toy for a while before I write the review.
04/16/2012
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
I have had duplicates of the same product that were not exactly the same.

I've had bath and body products, lube and the like, come with different ingredients than those listed on the site.

I've had products turn out to be not the same size they were supposed to be.

I've gotten products that were not the material they were supposed to be -- either not actually silicone or upgraded designs from jelly to elastomer.

There is no way to accurately write any part of a review without having the product in your hands.
04/19/2012
SexyRayne SexyRayne
Nope i think that would be silly but hey if it works for others go for it.
04/19/2012
xilliannax xilliannax
Quote:
Originally posted by Annemarie
Do you ever start early, that is, before you get the item, on a review of a product? Particularly if the product is, for example, a material and/or a brand you know well.

If you do start early, what sections do you begin with?
I chose other because where I start, really isnt part of the review. Yea, it'll be in the review but its why I picked it, what I'm hoping for, and expecting. That way I can compare and contrast in the review. That way if someone is looking at it and thinking the same things they can see how the hopes reflected in the actual product.
04/22/2012
Falsepast Falsepast
That just doesn't make sense to me.
04/22/2012
StarFire StarFire
I normally try it out a couple of times before i write a review. Right now i have an assignment sitting at home but of course it got here the one week i couldn't use it
04/23/2012
sunkissedJess sunkissedJess
I don't see how someone could start writing a review for an item they don't have. One thing that I will do is make a list of questions I have about the product before I get it so I can include the answers to those questions in my review.
05/01/2012
Crystal1 Crystal1
I usually at least outline a few notes of what I want to cover. I'll sometimes do a little research into the company (especially if it's one I'm not familiar with) or collection that the product is from, so I'll have that background info ready. (For example, if it's a company that only makes vegan products, or if the lingerie is part of a collection with several items that match.)

There's obviously not a LOT you can do in advance, but I like to at least have a few ideas ready to go to make it easier when I actually start the review. Notes like how I expect to use it or questions I had before getting it come in handy later.
05/01/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Whatever you do, do NOT start writing a review until after you've used the product. As Silverdrop pointed out, if there's an issue with the product and the assignment is canceled, you'll have a forever incomplete review staring at you.

Plus, it complicates the replacement process, if you need one.
05/08/2012
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by Annemarie
Do you ever start early, that is, before you get the item, on a review of a product? Particularly if the product is, for example, a material and/or a brand you know well.

If you do start early, what sections do you begin with?
I don't write until I have the product. Just because it says silicone doesn't mean it is.
07/26/2012
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
I only start once I've had it and used it.
07/26/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
Never!
07/26/2012
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