I *heart* descriptive reviews

I *heart* descriptive reviews

Red Red
I freaking LOVE writing description reviews, I don't know why!

My second most favorite type of review to write is the lowly unverified review - cause I'm usually reviewing something that I've had for ages and am quite familiar with.

What's your favorite? Offsite, mystery surprise me reviews....?
04/27/2009
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Victoria Victoria
Quote:
Originally posted by Red
I freaking LOVE writing description reviews, I don't know why!

My second most favorite type of review to write is the lowly unverified review - cause I'm usually reviewing something that I've had for ages and am quite familiar ...
and I totally *heart* your description reviews. They are always excellent!!!
04/27/2009
Luscious Lily Luscious Lily
Quote:
Originally posted by Victoria
and I totally *heart* your description reviews. They are always excellent!!!
And I second this! Red FTW! ^_^

I love going back and reviewing old toys I've had forever, especially some of my first toys. I haven't done a surprise me yet, though. They sound like fun!
04/27/2009
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
I'm a fan of doing descriptive reviews myself, partially because I like writing a mostly informative "article" of sorts while trying to make it not sound dry and boring. It's a challenge, especially when I don't personally enjoy the toy that much. I have noticed that the "objective" requirement for descriptive reviews have become more relaxed as of late, and I'm still on the fence as to whether I should make my descriptive reviews a little more personal now.

I also like the "surprise" part of descriptive reviews, both the initial surprise upon receiving the assignment, and those special reviews when the toy's performance surprises me, like the Elodie did.

And I agree with the ladies here: Red's description reviews are top-notch.
04/27/2009
Red Red
Yes, I've noticed that some now seem a little less objective than before. I think that's probably a tough balance to hit just right, both in writing as well as programme outlines.

Thanks for the kudos, you three just made me smile!
04/27/2009
Tuesday Tuesday
What I want to know is, when someone submits a review for a surprise me assignment where its a new product, is that then a descriptive review? Or is it a descriptive review only if you're officially in the descriptive review program?

Maybe people writing surprise me assignment reviews who weren't told to make it a descriptive review are what's making some reviews of new products seem less objective.
04/27/2009
Luscious Lily Luscious Lily
Quote:
Originally posted by Tuesday
What I want to know is, when someone submits a review for a surprise me assignment where its a new product, is that then a descriptive review? Or is it a descriptive review only if you're officially in the descriptive review program?

Maybe ...
It's only a descriptive review if you're in that program, and you're sent it as a descriptive assignment. Surprise Me are regular assigned reviews. Hope that helps!
04/27/2009
Mamastoys Mamastoys
I would love to get into the descriptive program and maybe some day my writing will be to where I can but I do love to read them..
Red, yours are top notch!
04/28/2009
jedent jedent
I love doing the Surprise Me's, it's all I do. I got a real winner last time but I have received duds. Even still, learning about stuff I wouldn't normally pick for myself is fantastic and I feel like that's part of the fun.

It's like, "here this is...now fuck it."
04/28/2009
Victoria Victoria
Quote:
Originally posted by jedent
I love doing the Surprise Me's, it's all I do. I got a real winner last time but I have received duds. Even still, learning about stuff I wouldn't normally pick for myself is fantastic and I feel like that's part of the fun. ...
That is putting it perfectly
04/28/2009
Backseat Boohoo Backseat Boohoo
I prefer to do things off-site. I talk too much and usually take pictures, maybe make a video, and it's easier just to put it all in one place all at once rather than write the bonus content, publish it, write the EF review, link to the bonus content on the EF review, wait for the EF review to be published, and finally edit the bonus content to link to the main review.
04/29/2009
ScottA ScottA
I've been on the fence for the description reviews, too. I try to put a little personal experience in just because my review might be the only review of the product for a while, but I try to separate it out. It's a nice challenge to be mostly analytical about the toys. The hard part is the summary, though, since you're trying to summarize the toy within the length limits. It's a fun challenge, a bit like writing haiku.

I like the idea of putting the personal comments in a separate blog review. I'll have to try that.

If you have a description review and a "surprise me" review both assigned at the same time, how do you tell which one is which?
04/29/2009
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Quote:
Originally posted by ScottA
I've been on the fence for the description reviews, too. I try to put a little personal experience in just because my review might be the only review of the product for a while, but I try to separate it out. It's a nice challenge to be mostly ...
I wondered about that too! The which is which thing.
04/29/2009
Sammi Sammi
If you match the assignment id # of the surprise me with the # in the assignment list, that's how you can tell. I think
04/29/2009
Victoria Victoria
For now, it is confusing. Both Description Reviews and Surprise Me assignments are Assigned and both have products that are often listed as "Invisible" or "Discontinued" and for "$0.00" - because we do not sell these items yet. The reviewer actually helps us decide if we should sell the product.

So, until we add a small indicator to the assignments (soonish), please just email and ask if need be. Remember that we did relax the guidelines on Description Reviews a bit, you can be more personal - as long as the Summary is completely objective. As for Surprise Me reviews, they are done just like a regular Assigned review.

Hope that helps! My email is victoria@edenfantasys. com
04/29/2009
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