Who do you gear your reviews to?

P'Gell P'Gell
Most of us write reviews here.

I was wondering, when you write a review, to whom do you target the review? The newbie to toys? The shopper who visits Eden to buy one toy or two? The "Expert" reviewer who has hundreds or so of his or her own reviews? Do you attempt to include information for everybody who may visit the site? Or are your reviews more targeted at people who are familiar with sex toys, their attributes, materials strengths and weaknesses and assume they "know" a great deal about toys before you write your review?

I wonder if sometimes we lose sight of the fact that many readers are simply "normal" people who visit Edenfantasys in order to buy one or two sex toys, not to start a huge collection or even become reviewers themselves.

Why do you gear your reviews towards these groups and who do you think most benefits from our reviews?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Newbies to sex toys
PeppermintFuntimes , LowFreqFreak , Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama , lilly555 , OroNomi , Valentinka , aliceinthehole , Silverdrop
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The occasional buyer, who may have only 2 or 3 sex toys, or only one!
PeppermintFuntimes , Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama , lilly555 , Valentinka , aliceinthehole , Silverdrop
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The Expert sex toy user and reviewer
Silverdrop
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the highest ranking reviewers
The people I know who frequent the site and post on the forum
I try to include everybody in my reviews
bluekaren , T&A1987 , Ansley , Ryuson , ~LaUr3n~ , Kindred , - Kira - , Beck , LowFreqFreak , SexyTabby , ToyTimeTim , Jul!a , Vanille , Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama , unfulfilled , indiglo , Kkay , Lucky21 , Rossie , Shellz31 , OroNomi , TitsMcScandal , LQ , Checkmate , Love Perpetua , Valentinka , Stinkytofu10 , married with children , Airen Wolf , OhMy! , El-Jaro , Gunsmoke , Tart , Princess-Kayla ♥ , aliceinthehole , TameTemptress , Mihoshi4301 , Emma Star Baby , Peggi , jessi2 , Kendrir , Missmarc , kendra30752 , jacki
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Total votes: 59 (47 voters)
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sktb0007 sktb0007
I try to include everybody in my reviews.. I guess if I had to choose a specific group though, it would be to potential buyers of the product.. So whether that be an "expert" or someone who is new to EF and is just here to shop, that is who I write for.. or at least I feel like I do
11/09/2011
PeppermintFuntimes PeppermintFuntimes
I haven't written any yet, but when I do it will be geared towards the new and novice users as I am one myself.
11/09/2011
bluekaren bluekaren
I try to gear them to everyone. I always think about what the newbie would want to know and I try to include details those toy collectors will need to know.
Not everyone will read my review and want to buy the product so I try to just get them the most information so they can make an informed decision.
11/09/2011
T&A1987 T&A1987
mine's a combination of everyone and no one. I try to provide as much relevant information as possible, but the reviews are focused on anyone in particular.
11/09/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
I try to gear them to everyone, but I include extra information for those that live in the dorms!
11/09/2011
- Kira - - Kira -
I never really thought about this. I try to include as much information as I can so anyone could read it and get something out of it no matter what the experience level. I try to mention things like "if you like X then you might like this" as well.
11/09/2011
Beck Beck
I try to include everyone, but sometimes the toy is only for certain people. I just mention this in the review.
11/09/2011
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
The infamous "Other" - my reviews are mostly directed at committed partners. I hope others can benefit from my reviews and the feedback that I get indicates that I'm doing OK.
11/09/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Everyone for me, although some toys I know a beginner is not going to use. It's one of the reasons I like to put in all the dimensions and cleaning instructions, even if I can type them with my eyes closed. lol

You just never know who will be reading it so why not include everyone, eh?
11/09/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I try to include everybody, but like sktb0007 I guess I focus mainly on potential buyers of the product. I know that not everybody is going to get what they need from my reviews, but I try to make them as useful as I can for as many people as I can.
11/09/2011
Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama Hot 'N Sexy TexasMama
I try to direct my reviews towards everyone (I mostly do vibrators) but I like to think of the newbie (like I was just a short time ago) who is coming to the site to learn about toys and maybe buy a toy or two or check something out.

I do like to include information about other toys as well if I know enough about other toys to include the information.

For example - in this review: link I compare Rock Star Stevie to the Roulette Croupier because both are G-spot vibrators and have much of the same design (sorta) but the Croupier has more girth and insertable length than Stevie does. I also note in the comments later that Stevie is about the same size/shape as Lelo's Ella so that folks can get an idea of that too.

The thing is - I'm still so new to toys that I don't have a lot of experience to do comparisons with. But I am learning!
11/09/2011
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I'm still new to using toys and writing reviews so I try to give as much information as I can in hopes someone else will find what I wrote to be helpful. I know I don't have the language down/terms as some do, but I try to do my best and do put a lot of thought and effort into what I'm writing. If I don't know something I ask. I just asked in the discussion a few weeks ago about rumbly/buzzy and now I can use those descriptions in my review because I now know what they mean. Before I didn't so didn't include that information.
11/09/2011
indiglo indiglo
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
Everyone for me, although some toys I know a beginner is not going to use. It's one of the reasons I like to put in all the dimensions and cleaning instructions, even if I can type them with my eyes closed. lol

You just never know who ... More
Same here. I try to tailor them to anyone who would be reading it - newbies to more experienced people. That's why I include some information (like sizes, cleaning instructions and storing instructions) that most other reviewers don't need, but a newbie might not know.
11/09/2011
Kkay Kkay
My main goal when I review is to try and highlight what I felt made a product unique. My intended audience is really just anyone interested in that specific toy.
11/09/2011
Kindred Kindred
I don't really write my reviews for a specific audience. I simply try to include all of the information that I think a potential buyer might want to know.
11/09/2011
Lucky21 Lucky21
I don't really write to one crowd or another, but just try and say what I think in a clear, concise way.
11/09/2011
lilly555 lilly555
I include all the details as if the reader is someone who knows nothing about materials and safety when choosing a toy. This way I'm not excluding anyone.
11/09/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I think everyone should be included when writing a review cause people at all stages could be interested in the item you're writing on. So I try to cover everything I can think of in mine.
11/09/2011
LQ LQ
I try to include everyone, but I probably lean more to the beginner through general shopper area, as that's the category I'm in myself.

There are some things I really can't cover as well since I don't have any experience to compare with. I also can't get really detailed about use for couples at the moment, since I'm single. But I do try to at least use my imagination in those situations & test them as well as possible by trying different positions & such. I can at least try to generalize and say "Hey this toy is really long, so if your partner has a hold of it, beware..."

It's hard to cover every facet... I know reviews I read often get me wondering about something-or-other. Those are the situations where readers can post those interesting questions, so that's cool.
11/10/2011
Love Perpetua Love Perpetua
I try to include enough information so that anyone could read it, whether they were new to toys or not.
11/11/2011
Valentinka Valentinka
I try to include everyone, but I've been focusing more on less experienced users lately. I've noticed myself that sometimes when I'm reading reviews and ain't very familiar with some type of a toy, many questions about the very basics can arise. And it can be quite tiresome to look for the answers elsewhere. So now I try to include some history, brief comparisons, most common uses, etc.
11/11/2011
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
Most of us write reviews here.

I was wondering, when you write a review, to whom do you target the review? The newbie to toys? The shopper who visits Eden to buy one toy or two? The "Expert" reviewer who has hundreds or so of his or ... More
I do honestly try to incude as many players as I can in my reviews but if I think a toy is of particular benefit to any segment I will highlight that. I never assume that poor quality, slender and inexpensive toys are for new players though as that is self defeating! We want newplayers to have awesome experiences sothey come back and join our community...not end up with broken toys or other problems. Thing is some of the most inexpensive toys are just plain awesome. Did I answer the question?
11/11/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Quote:
Originally posted by sktb0007
I try to include everybody in my reviews.. I guess if I had to choose a specific group though, it would be to potential buyers of the product.. So whether that be an "expert" or someone who is new to EF and is just here to shop, that is who ... More
Ditto.

I try to write an honest review that I would find useful...or extremely useful

Admittedly, I don't think a committed lesbian couple has much interest in a Fleshlight or RealTouch...but I'm ok with being wrong.
11/11/2011
Princess-Kayla ♥ Princess-Kayla ♥
I never put any thought into that.
I guess I try to target everyone. I don't pick a specific group. I just say what I like/don't like, and whatever useful information I can about the product.
11/13/2011
Mihoshi4301 Mihoshi4301
I suppose I try to gear my reviews to everyone, but I don't really think about it too much.
11/13/2011
Tessa Taboo Tessa Taboo
It depends. If I am the first to review a product on the site, I try and be more informative, and less opinionated (unless something is REALLY bad). But, if there are a million reviews on something, like the Liberator Bon Bon, then I write the review to be geared towards people who bought it to use for what I did... or for my specific situation. Because after so many reviews on the same thing, they can all start to sound the same. So if I get very personal about it, it provides an outlook that other reviews hadn't expressed.
12/01/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by Airen Wolf
I do honestly try to incude as many players as I can in my reviews but if I think a toy is of particular benefit to any segment I will highlight that. I never assume that poor quality, slender and inexpensive toys are for new players though as that ... More
Absolutely!

I asked because I saw something a while ago where someone said something to the effect of "everyone knows what (a certain material) feels like" and it got me thinking that, no, not everybody does. I agree that we need to gear our reviews to both first timers, the newly initiated and to those who have 100s of toys in their collections.
12/12/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
Ditto.

I try to write an honest review that I would find useful...or extremely useful

Admittedly, I don't think a committed lesbian couple has much interest in a Fleshlight or RealTouch...but I'm ok with being wrong.
Right. Some toys are geared towards a specific person, but their level of familiarity with toys may vary, no matter what their orientation is or what they identify with.
12/12/2011
Kendrir Kendrir
I try to gear my reviews towards everyone as much as I can, but being a relative newbie to toys (some types more than others) I only have so much experience with similar items to draw from. I try to hit all the FAQ-type stuff that people might have about an item, and focus on the experience, sensations, and common complaint type stuff where I can.
12/12/2011
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