How long does is take you to write a review?

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How long does is take you to write a review?

Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
I am amazed at the people who churn out review after review every day or two. It takes me between 8 - 14 hours and 3 - 5 days to write and edit each of my reviews. The fancier or more complicated a product is, the longer it takes me to review it. Of course, I'm slower than most people at a lot of things.

On average, how long do you spend writing and editing your reviews? I'm not talking about the amount of time you spend trying out the product, just how long you spend actually writing the review.

Feel free to elaborate on exactly what your reviewing process is.
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Less than two hours
That Man from Mars , Dawn (Lilac Distraction) , Starkiller87 , AngelvMaynard , tooshy , Rin (aka Nire) , Ms. Spice , married with children , Sunshineamine , darthkitt3n , Bonanza Jellybean , ninaspinkturtle , Vanille , mutewolf , Princess-Kayla ♥ , sweetart , CS2012 , aliceinthehole , tlaskowski , jedent , MrWishyWashy , Ms. N , Cherry21 , mudpie , Apirka , bayosgirl , sjclayton2912 , humblepie , mama2007 , Feisty , AHubbyof2SexualMinds , SMichelle
32
Between two to four hours in one sitting
Gunsmoke , sktb0007 , ToyTimeTim , Ansley , B8trDude , Peggi , P'Gell , darthkitt3n , Howells , Illumin8 , Bonanza Jellybean , LikeSunshineDust , geliebt , - Kira - , sweetart , Stagger13 , T&A1987 , Ms. N , MistressDandelion , BiJess , smashthepatriarchy , Beck , ghalik , Djiffy , sunkissedJess , humblepie , Mrs.Intensity , JessiShey
28
Between two to four hours over two or more days
Coralbell , ZenaidaMacroura , Antipova , hopestar10 , P'Gell , padmeamidala , Howells , Bonanza Jellybean , LikeSunshineDust , ghalik , sunkissedJess , Checkmate , <3BF , Mrs.Intensity
14
Between four and six hours in one sitting
B8trDude , Wildchild , P'Gell , MistressDandelion , Stinkytofu10
5
Between four and six hours over two or more days
Kindred , indiglo , Valentinka , Shellz31 , SexyTabby , Mikemanz
6
Between six and ten hours in one sitting (Doesn't your butt get sore?)
Between six and ten hours over two or more days
Kissaki , iLashe , Missmarc
3
Between ten and fifteen hours over two or more days
Ivy Wilde , indiglo
2
Over fifteen hours
I usually finish a review and publish it in one day
El-Jaro , Rin (aka Nire) , Valentinka , ninaspinkturtle , CS2012 , kendra30752 , tlaskowski , ghalik , Feisty
9
I usually take two days to finish a review and publish it
Kindred , Yaoi Pervette (deleted) , ToyGurl , Illusional , LikeSunshineDust , CS2012 , kendra30752 , JessCee , SexyTabby , ghalik , humblepie , eeep
12
I usually take three or more days to finish a review and publish it
Ivy Wilde , Coralbell , ZenaidaMacroura , Taylor , Antipova , indiglo , Kissaki , Rossie , lilly555 , kendra30752 , Pink Jewel
11
Other (because there should always be an other option)
Lucky21 , Kkay , B8trDude , sexyintexas , Nora , Ash1141 , unfulfilled , Darklyvan , SexyTabby , Mrs.Intensity
10
Total votes: 132 (92 voters)
Poll is closed
08/30/2011
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Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
For me the essence of the review is our person experience. I assume that people interested in a product have already read the specs; size, color, material, etc. I simply verify or clarify these details. Likewise, I could care less about packaging - they all come discretely boxed and I throw away what ever packaging they include.

So for me, I try to explain how well something worked for myself or more likely my partner. Adding details of why the design, size and features of the toy worked (or didn't) for us as a couple. I have to laugh when I read the 'Experience' part of reviews and they describe how easy it is to clean - really, who cares?

Sex toys are supposed to give you a great orgasm - in my opinion that's what people want to read about!
08/30/2011
Jobthingy Jobthingy
It usually doesnt take me long at all. Less than an hour. But I dont publish it until the next day most times. I like to wait, reread it the next day with fresh eyes.

Mind you, I have been so busy and tired lately that I have had one on the go for about a week and it is not even half done.

Note to Self: Self, Finish review this week.
08/30/2011
sktb0007 sktb0007
It takes me more than 2 hours because I have to read and re read to make sure it has all the details i would want to know, and the words flow well together. That being said, Ive only written one review here so far... but I think its important to give quality, not quantity!
08/30/2011
Lucky21 Lucky21
It totally depends for me. I don't usually keep track of time. I like to use a product a number of times and over the course of a couple of weeks, I'll take some notes, get my initial thoughts down. Really, I probably don't spend more than 2 hours total in actual writing, but because I like to draw out the process it can take a little while.
08/30/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
Quote:
Originally posted by Gunsmoke
For me the essence of the review is our person experience. I assume that people interested in a product have already read the specs; size, color, material, etc. I simply verify or clarify these details. Likewise, I could care less about packaging - ...
Actually, I do care about how easy/hard something is to clean. I don't like toys with lots of little holes and crevices that are difficult to get goo out of.
08/30/2011
That Man from Mars That Man from Mars
Maybe it's because I'm a writer, but for me it's pretty easy to get a review out in an hour or two.
08/30/2011
Dawn (Lilac Distraction) Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
Quote:
Originally posted by That Man from Mars
Maybe it's because I'm a writer, but for me it's pretty easy to get a review out in an hour or two.
Same here. I usually think about it for a while before and make mental notes so I have a basic mental rundown of what I'm going to write. Most take less than an hour to write, but a few to get finished because I can never just sit there and write an entire review without getting distracted.
08/30/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
It depends for me. Some things I've written a lot of reviews on similar things so it doesn't take me very long and I can be done in 20-30 minutes in one shot. Others take me longer to make sure that I cover the details that I want to go into. Pictures add time to things because I have to take the time to take them, then upload them, then add them to the review. What I try to do is get a little stockpile going almost. I'll spend a day working on writing reviews but don't publish them right away so that I can look over them later. Then I release them one at a time, one a day or so. This gives me time to think over what I said and change my mind on things, as well as double proof them before publishing.
08/30/2011
Dawn (Lilac Distraction) Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
I did spend three days working on my Freestyle W review just to make sure I'd covered everything possible because it was going to be the first review on a product that a lot of people were curious about.
08/30/2011
That Man from Mars That Man from Mars
Quote:
Originally posted by Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
Same here. I usually think about it for a while before and make mental notes so I have a basic mental rundown of what I'm going to write. Most take less than an hour to write, but a few to get finished because I can never just sit there and write ...
Yeah, I'm pretty much the exact same. I'll think it over and organize it in my head while I'm working with the product, then once satisfied with the information I have, I'll go sit down to write the review. I get distracted regularly during them as well and would also likely take much less time if it weren't the case, heh.
08/30/2011
Coralbell Coralbell
Sometimes I write in one sitting, but it's usually over 2 or 3 days. It depends on how complex the toy is, and Descriptive Reviews usually take me longer than regular reviews. Sometimes I start a review for something I've purchased and don't come back and finish it for weeks or months.
08/30/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
On average I take about three hours. Some may go faster, some slower. It just depends on the product. I just published one that only took two hours but there was not much to say about a pair of boxers.

For the most part I can knock out the main area pretty quick, but I like to go back and make sure I got everything covered. I always include everything I can like, how it's used, size, material and cleaning. Even though those things are on the product page I feel it is helpful to the reader to have it all in one place. It's the polishing of the review that takes time, sometimes I will leave it for the next day, sometimes not.

What I find kind of funny is I can do descriptive reviews faster.
08/30/2011
froggiemoma froggiemoma
Usually take a couple of hours, sometimes a day.
08/30/2011
Ansley Ansley
It really depends on the item. For the packer review I did, it only took an hour or so (not including pictures). For others, especially products I disliked, it could take a full day to get a good momentum going. I expect it will get easier with every review.

I haven't written a book review since I started (my first review was of a book), but I have two on the way and I'm really curious to see how long it's going to take me to read the books and then write out the most important aspects of them.
08/30/2011
AngelvMaynard AngelvMaynard
I write for a living so I can crank stuff out pretty fast. That doesn't always mean I catch everything that needs to be edited though
08/30/2011
Kkay Kkay
I do reviews in spurts. When I first get an item I jot down my initial impressions into a notepad file, then whenever something comes up in use that sticks out to me, I go add it. When I feel like I have a solid grip on the item, I'll do a mixture of regurgitating the file and filling in the rest to do a review.
08/30/2011
ZenaidaMacroura ZenaidaMacroura
I take what seems like forever to write my reviews. I sit down to write, and I usually end up writing, erasing, and re-writing the first few sentences a gagillion times before really finding my groove. Then it pretty much flows, but it still takes me over two hours usually. Sometimes in one sitting, but a lot of the time I'll write for a couple hours, take a break, and come back the next day or two to finish it. Then I'll wait a day or two, read it again, edit if I need to, and then publish. This is why I tend to procrastinate and end up with backed up reviews. I dread those first few sentences that I take forever to write.
08/30/2011
Kindred Kindred
Writing reviews is a labor for me. I usually have to think about what I want to write for several days first. Then when I'm ready to start writing, I usually do it over 2-3 days at a few hours a session. Writing does not flow from me naturally at all.
08/30/2011
Antipova Antipova
Good job with the thorough poll options, Ivy

I plan my reviews for a day or two before I sit down to write, so usually the actual writing part doesn't take too very long. If there are pictures to be added, though, it usually takes an extra day to remind myself to hook my camera up to my computer...

Regardless, after I write it, I'll let a review sit overnight so I can proofread it with fresh eyes, but that doesn't really count as 'review-writing' time. S
08/30/2011
indiglo indiglo
I usually think about them for a few days before I start. Sometimes, I'll sit down and start writing for about 1 or 2 hours, then I stop. I'll come back 1 or 2 days later, and write for another 1 or 2 hours. Then I like to come back several other times to correct what I've already written, make tweaks, add things I've forgotten, remove things that seem redundant, etc. Then I let it sit for about another day. I must proof read it at least 3 times without making any changes to it before I'm satisfied it's finished. But, I hope to make sure that nothing important is left out, and that there is a good enough description of the product and how it works that even someone who has never seen the product before would be able to understand it. My first video review was actually TONS easier than my written review. I guess because I knew exactly what I wanted to put in there. Weird!
08/30/2011
ToyGurl ToyGurl
I usually write a review in a day, come back and edit it the second day and then publish. I may save all my reviews up and publish them on one day after they have been edited and whatnot. It really depends on the product.
08/30/2011
B8trDude B8trDude
It depends upon the review. I usually like to write them in one sitting. The most difficult part is coming up with how I'm going to approach the product. Sometimes, I have to think about it for a few days and, other times, the ideas come very quickly. I've got one review to write at the moment and I've been toying [pun intended] with an idea for that for several days - especially since I may do a video. Videos take a lot longer to create but they're also really fun.

I usually publish right away but only after I've previewed what I wrote MANY times. Even then, I still make minor changes (grammar, punctuation, verb tenses, etc.) after it's been published.
08/30/2011
sexyintexas sexyintexas
I start jotting down notes when I open it. Then again after using it. Then I take my notes and start with the review. Sometimes it just rolls out, but sometimes I have to come back to it a few times and add and adjust here and there.
08/30/2011
catgirl9 catgirl9
It takes me hours. I try to do it in hour or 2 hour chunks. I continually read and re-read what I've written and edit, preview, edit, preview over and over again until I'm happy. Sometimes I have a hard time getting my thoughts into the words that I'm looking for. I'd guess 3-5 hours over the course of a few days. Maybe once I write more reviews it will flow a little easier. Another thing I struggle with is trying not to use a ton of slang, that's really hard.
08/30/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
Quote:
Originally posted by Antipova
Good job with the thorough poll options, Ivy

I plan my reviews for a day or two before I sit down to write, so usually the actual writing part doesn't take too very long. If there are pictures to be added, though, it usually takes an ...
Thanks, Antipova. I always try to be thorough.
08/30/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
Quote:
Originally posted by indiglo
I usually think about them for a few days before I start. Sometimes, I'll sit down and start writing for about 1 or 2 hours, then I stop. I'll come back 1 or 2 days later, and write for another 1 or 2 hours. Then I like to come back ...
Yay! Someone else who takes a long time to write reviews! I'm not alone! Though I have never done any video reviews since I don't own a camcorder.
08/30/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I'm ok with products for review, once I actually get a chance to write the review. For me, the hardest reviews are on porn.
08/30/2011
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
It takes me a while to start writing a review, since I usually try to use the product several times and get a good handle on it first. That, and I can procrastinate like you wouldn't believe. Once I get going, though, I'm pretty fast: anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour or two at most, depending on how much I break up the writing with doing other crap. I really need to start planning more, though, since so many of my reviews end up feeling "average" to me once I look back on them a little later.
08/30/2011
Wildchild Wildchild
Quote:
Originally posted by Ivy Wilde
I am amazed at the people who churn out review after review every day or two. It takes me between 8 - 14 hours and 3 - 5 days to write and edit each of my reviews. The fancier or more complicated a product is, the longer it takes me to review it. ...
Writers block is a pain in the but for me at times. I also think no this paragraph belongs here than change my mind. Some reviews are real simple. Some reviews I think what i write may seem stupid to people. There have been times when it has taken me three days to write a review.
08/30/2011
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