Let Your Voice Be Heard

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Have you ever written a review for anything—hotels, books, restaurants? Here recently, I’ve written a few book reviews on amazon.com, and an application review on iTunes, but up until a few months ago, I hadn’t written a review on anything. Ordinarily I wouldn’t have noticed or cared about writing reviews, but one day, while reading a review for a doctor I was considering going to, I realized just how helpful the reviews of other people actually are. When I stop and think about it, every time I plan a vacation I carefully read hotel reviews and ratings, and I look for trends which, admittedly, have a huge impact on the decision-making process.

For vacation planning, I prefer to check frommers.com and tripadvisor.com. Both sites provide excellent hotel and restaurant information, along with pictures and sight-seeing details, and the reviews are usually current and packed with useful insight. When trying to compare doctors, pet groomers, hair salons etc. kudzu.com is my go-to resource. If I have an important service I need performed I’ll usually make time to pour through reviews. The effort almost always pays off and helps me make the best possible decision.

So here’s the thing. If I find these reviews helpful, maybe other people might find my reviews helpful as well. The key, of course, is time. Usually, I get so busy my lofty ideas fall by the wayside. Rather than set an unrealistic goal for myself, I’ve decided to start small. My plan is to continue doing book reviews, and whenever we take a vacation that requires a stay in a hotel, I’m going to rate my experience and comment on the service I received. I figure if I start small, I won’t get overwhelmed and I’ll also be helping my fellow travelers and consumers.

Just out of curiosity, do you read book reviews before buying a book? Have you ever written a review yourself? How often do you write reviews and what websites do you prefer?

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7 Responses

  1. Hi Sharon,

    I read reviews from the blurb on the book, reviews from Amazon and goodreads if available before I read, and those also any done by authors or regular people like myself. I do write reviews. I enjoy it, as I share what touched me and encourage others to read it also. I write reviews as often as I have time for at Amazon.com, goodreads, my two blogs, and CBD.

  2. oops, that should read buy, not read.

  3. This is a great post. You know i write long in depth views for my blog,s but i rarely think to go back and write a 2-3 sentences something for all of the online purchase i make. I’m going to strart this week just a quick something to give back to all of the reviews that helped me out

  4. Linda, I always enjoy reading your reviews. You do a great job of pointing out strengths and things you really liked the characters and the story as well things that maybe didn’t appeal to you as much. I also like that you share how the novel affected you because this makes me want to read the book that much more. 🙂

  5. BrownBetty, thank you so much for stopping by. Hopefully, you and I will be able to reach our goal of writing quick reviews for online purchases.

  6. I love reading book reviews. The other kind of review that helped me immensely was laptop reviews. Of course, I only found them AFTER a bad experience and confirmed what I feared. It’s great to be helpful.

  7. Georgiana, I’m trying to get better about checking reviews before I buy, but sometimes the idea doesn’t occur to me until afterward just like with your laptop. Maybe I need some gingko or something because the ol’ memory isn’t what it used to be.

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