How do you handle writing a review that you know isn't the best

Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
Now I'm probably not going to say this quite the way I want it to be said but here goes.

Many of us (hopefully all of us) put our best work into our reviews and we make sure to include what we feel are the necessary details, etc.

But are there times when you write a review and you feel so-so about the review? You've put in everything you feel you should to answer all the questions and you can't think of anything to do/add or change about it.

Yet you know that if you were to look at the same words written by someone else, you'd vote "useful" because it just doesn't "pop out" at you as "oh wow..this is good".

I'm working on some reviews today that I've been putting off for a bit because they just don't feel like products I can write outstanding reviews about. It may not be that the product is bad - just that there is no unique spin I can put on it.

It isn't that I'm burnt out either because I am enjoying writing again.

Its just that there are some products and some reviews that just don't feel up to my normal quality even though I do all the same details, etc,

I sure hope someone understands.
01/15/2012
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Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
Now I'm probably not going to say this quite the way I want it to be said but here goes.

Many of us (hopefully all of us) put our best work into our reviews and we make sure to include what we feel are the necessary details, etc. ... More
Definitely.

The one I just wrote, of the Anal Pleasure plug... I didn't know how much my review could add. It's a glass teardrop butt plug. What you see is exactly what you get. I measured it and took a picture hilighting the color, and talked about the purpose and efficacy of the base, the neck, and the taper. There wasn't a bunch of poetry to add, there wasn't any new innovative "check out all these features"---it's a very simple product, and you kind of "know how it feels" just from looking at the product picture, without having to read a review.

But I put it up anyway, and everybody thought it was useful anyway. Probably because the product page measurements weren't correct so they were glad to see the size it actually was.

But---get it out there. Concise can be useful too
01/15/2012
Silverdrop Silverdrop
That's how I felt about my latest review of the Starburst Babydoll, but people seem to be rating it EU mostly and leaving nice comments, so I guess it's okay. I think we tend to be our own worst critics.
01/15/2012
switzerland switzerland
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Originally posted by Silverdrop
That's how I felt about my latest review of the Starburst Babydoll, but people seem to be rating it EU mostly and leaving nice comments, so I guess it's okay. I think we tend to be our own worst critics.
i agree! we are always our worst critics, whether it is writing reviews or our own creative writing or essays. this definitely applies to other areas of life outside of writing as well.

honestly, sometimes a good review doesn't necessarily need a specific spin to it. i think if all the information is there and you are honest and give your opinion and experience, then i definitely think it's an extremely useful review. personally, being new to all of this, i'm looking for reviews that are informative about products i'm interested in.

i think you're doing a wonderful job! you can always save the review and go back in a day or two and edit again. i always find that things pop into my head when i leave it alone for a bit. don't stress about it! reviewing is fun!
01/15/2012
js250 js250
I have this problem with my items that are good. Not great and not bad, just ...average. I just include all my info and hope I answer questions others may have about the item. I love writing the great reviews for items I am over the top about and I don't mind writing reviews for items I was not too happy about, but the average ones kill me.
01/15/2012
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
When I have a hard time getting in the mood to write a review - I just don't do it. I wait until I feel inspired enough to do a good job. It seems to have worked because even the reviews I imagined having trouble with - have gotten good ratings.
01/15/2012
Cherrylane Cherrylane
I'm struggling with that right now.

I have three items on buyout and because of the life circumstances I've been in since I got them, which featured an emergency and unexpected/unplanned for move across town and having to push back a visit by my long distance partner, I have not been able to get as much work done on the reviews as I would have liked at all. Only one of the items is something I can use by myself, and I'm working in that one fine, but the others are both items primarily meant for couples, and I've tried to get started with them but it's so hard to feel like I have anything to say when I know I havent truly used them yet.

I'm going to send in an email or something to one of the staff members to ask if my assignment date can be changed because I don't feel like I can get them all in on time... that is, if I write them the way I would prefer to. I COULD short cut and just sort of "fake it" and do things like tie the cuffs to my ankle (because I can't tie them on my wrists very well at all, they have no velcro or snaps or buckles) and bullshit about how I think we'll like them when we use them for real, but I completely feel like that's not the "right" thing to do and think the resulting review would be mediocre and not that helpful at best. As important as it is to do "right" by EF and turning the reviews in on time, I feel like it would be MOST beneficial for EF for me to wait the time I need to get the experience with the toys I want so I can write reviews that will be of more real value to the community.

Beyond that, the one toy I can use myself is the Ella, and I am definitely having a hard time getting as inspired as I want to be. Maybe it's because I've read almost every review that's been written on her, idk, but it's been really hard to feel like I had anything original to say about it at all. And once again, I know it's not that huge a deal, but my obsessive perfectionist brain can hardly handle it...
01/15/2012
indiglo indiglo
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Originally posted by Gunsmoke
When I have a hard time getting in the mood to write a review - I just don't do it. I wait until I feel inspired enough to do a good job. It seems to have worked because even the reviews I imagined having trouble with - have gotten good ratings.
That's what I've done too. I'll write down everything I can think of, but instead of publishing it, I'll just let it simmer in the back of my mind for a while. I'll talk it over with myself and with my partner. Usually some inspiration grabs me after a week or so, and I'm able to tweak it, change it, add to it and just generally make it better.
01/15/2012
MamaDivine MamaDivine
Usually I will try to add a funny or eye catching title. Sometimes theres just nothing that comes to mind. If I try a product that isn't the greatest or maybe I just totally didn't like or didn't live up to standards, then its SUPER hard to write anything, funny or not. If the product isn't a great one for intended purposes, ill try to add something into the review that suggests other uses too......something that maybe others haven't thought of or is an unusual use of the toy. That seems to help.
01/16/2012
kendra30752 kendra30752
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Originally posted by Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
Now I'm probably not going to say this quite the way I want it to be said but here goes.

Many of us (hopefully all of us) put our best work into our reviews and we make sure to include what we feel are the necessary details, etc. ... More
I totally understand! I hate that so much. That's usually how it seems to go when I write a lube review so like yesterday, I'll spend literally hours at a time trying to make it so unique because I don't want it to be just another boring lube review. It's hard though and it's even harder to take those less than perfect ratings when you truly did do your best. Still though, it shows when you've worked hard and included everything, but a lot of people will still rate less than extremely useful for no real reason at all. Most of the people who do it when your review truly was good, they won't be able to give you an answer as to why they rated you less than perfect. I've had days where I really take those ratings to heart too so I try not to even look at them. Maybe I'm sensitive! Lol.

You though, you've never written a review that I've seen that wasn't really stand outish in some way. Not every product is going to be rave worthy. I've had such a challenge lately since I've been sampling TONS of diff. lubes and reviewing them as I go. I see so many less than great rates and I try SOOO hard. You can't expect anybody to have perfect reviews every single time and as long as they've included everything that they can and truly tried at it, there's no sense in rating them badly at all.
01/16/2012
Brandonn Brandonn
When writing, sometimes it works well if you write about the subject, then re-read it the next day.
01/16/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
There are some things that I know other people might be able to give a fun spin to, but I just won't be able to. In those cases, I just do my best to make sure that I include all the information that I can to at least make it as useful as I can and then see what happens.
01/16/2012
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