Recently an ITV children's programme was censured by media regulator Ofcom for giving too positive a review to a product.
Let's hope Ofcom never start looking too closely at blog reviews, because when did you ever read one of those that was less than glowing?
I understand why that's the case – bloggers spend our own time writing reviews without pay. So why would you want to waste your efforts writing about something that you're not enthusiastic about?
Ever since I started doing more reviews on this blog, I have been thinking about what my review policy is. This is what I've come up with so far. I would love to hear what guidelines you stick to when you do reviews.
My review of the Playmobil Fun Park in Malta for Have a Lovely Time accidentally caused a bit of a kerfuffle. A Facebook commenter living on Malta disagreed with my recommendation of the fun park as a place to visit. In fact she said she'd put it "below eating sand" on a list of things to do on the island.
Well, each to their own. Personally, I loved it. Look, I met a real pirate.
The Easyjet website has now made my review one of their travel picks of the month, proving once and for all that I am RIGHT and you, sand-eating person are wrong. Or at least, we have different opinions, both of which we are fully entitled to. And somebody else on the internet probably disagrees with both of us.
…is that you have to blog about BlogCamp.
My day didn't start well when I realised too late that I was wearing the same blue top/black cardie/typewriter necklace combination I've got on in that picture on the right.
Holy crap, I've come as my blog I thought I am a 24 carat loser for sure. But then somebody came over and did the Be Seeing You peepy eye/hand gesture (as also modelled to the right) and said Is that you? So I did it back at them and said Yes it is.
Brilliant. My day brightened considerably from there.
And here are some of the things I learned at BlogCamp for starters: