I spend a large amount of time on reviews. Actually, all of my spare time goes to reviews. Between taking pictures, editing pictures, and writing the reviews, there's a lot of time that goes into every review posted. Of course, that doesn't even include the time spent testing, but that's the extra fun part, right?
I usually write a review a day and two a day on weekends. I take a break one or two weekdays on nights I'm tired or get a package in. On the nights I get packages, I take pictures. I usually buy more than one thing, so the pictures will take up enough of my night for me not to have time for a review after I'm done with the photos.
I love writing reviews. It's really one of the most fulfilling things I think I've done, aside from the big things in my life like being a mom and my job. It doesn't come close to things like that, but as a hobby it's way more fulfilling than listening to music or going to the movies or something.
I feel like sex is one of those things that can bring great happiness to someone's life. A good sex life can make such a huge impact on quality of life. Good sex toys can positively impact a good sex life and thus impact overall happiness and well being. So I feel like by helping people choose things that will work for them, in some way I'm helping to make people happy. I guess I must naturally like to help or something, because my job is to help people only with money instead of sex. I spend a lot of time helping. I also like knowing that in some small way I've made someone I don't even know (and some people I sort of know) happy. It makes me happy.
Another reason I enjoy it is because before reviewing I didn't really have any hobbies, per say. I love music, but that was a passive hobby for me. I could sit and listen to it for hours, but I can't play any music or make it or anything. So I wasn't actively involved in any way. Here I can write and be involved in the community. It's a more active hobby, a real hobby. I didn't have much to do with my time before this other than watch TV and listen to music and I was very bored. Now I'm never bored! It's a pretty big accomplishment to keep an ADD person entertained.
Do I burn out? Eh, sometimes. There are some days I don't feel like writing. On those days, I usually just don't write a review. If I have something due I will, but sometimes I'll just put it off for another day and I'll be in the mood again. Other times I'll wait a day and then I'll force myself to write but I'll switch categories, as other have mentioned. So instead of doing a vibrator I'll do a dildo or a BDSM product. When I get bored with that, I'll do something else. I try to do reviews as the mood strikes for those items. I do try to review newer products faster since I know people keep an eye out for those, but for older products I just do them when I feel like it.
As for the points, I often wondered why the points for editing were higher when it took less time to do that than write a (good) review. I don't edit so I must have missed where it was mentioned why. I'm glad to know what the reason is now. I would like to get more points for a review, but I don't really do it for the points, so it's no big deal if it stays at 50 forever. I also could see an issue if it went up with (some) members posting more but lower quality reviews. So I see why it stays lower from that perspective too.