Ever feel like you just can't bring your A-game to every review?

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Ever feel like you just can't bring your A-game to every review?

Silverdrop Silverdrop
I hit publish on a review today (this one) that I know is rather blah compared to my previous reviews. Sure, it covers all the information, but I just wasn't up to really putting the work into it that would make it a great review. It took me probably two hours to write that review, not including testing time. At some point, I just decided I didn't want to invest any more into it.

It was partly because it was a blah toy that didn't excite me, but also because I just can't really bring that level of quality to every review. Honestly, I don't know how some of you people do it - especially those of you who are reviewing products every day and each review is amazing.

Is this just me? Please tell me I'm not the only one who feels this way.
03/12/2012
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Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I've had a similar feeling several times. That is why the extended review format is so useful. The sections give you structure (and examples), I just have to fill in the details.

I'm not a fan of describing the physical dimensions or vibration patterns of toys. All of this is already in the product description. The exception is when I find a dependency between the description and actual.

When I read a review (and write them) I want to learn about the unique ways people have successful used their toys - either solo or with partners to get the maximum benefit from them.

I have found that a well written Experience and/or Personal Comments section can turn a mediocre review into a good one.
03/12/2012
Silverdrop Silverdrop
Hmm.. that's a good point. Because I was so 'meh' on the toy, I really didn't give it as much play time as I normally would. Maybe if I had, it would have led to a better Experience section and improved the review.

I used the extended format with the review I just finished for Mr Right, and even though I was just filling in the details, the enthusiasm I had for the product seemed to make it easier to write. It's still not among my best reviews, but better written than the Trinity one.
03/12/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
You're not the only one that feels that way. There have definitely been reviews that I've felt I really half assed, but there were some things that I just couldn't give my all to when writing a review.
03/12/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
Generally, if I'm not feeling doing a review that day then I'll hold off for a day or two to see if it changes my mind. That way I'm better able to give my all to a review. If I'm not in the mood to do something, it'll come out lower quality. That seems to help a lot, but there are some that even after a few days I still don't feel like writing about. I always feel like those are meh reviews compared to the ones I was excited to write.
03/12/2012
underHim underHim
I do my best but at least once a toy is so simple and basic it is very difficult to write very much about it.
03/12/2012
js250 js250
Every now and again I get an item that is good, but not great or bad. It is the middle of the line products I have a hard time with, there is no outstanding feature to get excited about either way. Just do the best you can, take a break from that review and do ti when you feel more creative. Or write it and go on if it does not come to you after a period of time. Just still do your best, add the pertinent details and answer your own questions about the product.
03/12/2012
Crystal1 Crystal1
I totally have those days/reviews! Sometimes I'm just in the right mood and can write a really kickass review, other times it feels like a chore and I just don't have the energy to make it funny/awesome. I'll hit publish thinking, "Well, that blew." I'm always amazed that nobody ever calls me out on the crappy ones!

I agree with js250- items that I either love or hate usually come out the best, but the middle of the road products can be tough!
03/14/2012
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