I have gone back and forth on whether I like giveaways and reviews. I always go to giveaway blogs, and think...they can't possibly like EVERYTHING they get. To me it doesn't feel credible, because they have 1,396,458 things they have said that they have absolutely loved, and you rarely find something negative.
I love doing food reviews, but I found I like to pay for my own food...because then I can write a negative review, and not feel bad.
Two weeks ago I was given an opportunity to do a review. Not only would I get paid a nice amount of money for writing my posts, I would get the very expensive service for free. I went in and after the presentation...it just wasn't there for me. I decided to back out. You read that right...I backed out of money and free!! It just wasn't for me, I couldn't write about something that I, a. didn't absolutely fall in love with, and b. a service I'm not sure really works.
For me it doesn't matter how much money is waved in front of my face...I need to feel credible, and I need to LOVE IT!
I got an email from someone wanting to send Van a KooKoo bird. The attached pictures looked cool in the email, and I said sure send it on over. When I opened the small envelope, I thought..."lame, that's it!" I left the KooKoo bird on the table, and didn't think much of it. Van woke up the next morning, and was freaking out about this little toy. Who knew. The 6 year old doesn't think that little KooKoo bird is lame at all. Even though it probably cost them less than $5, I feel more inclined to write a little ditty about it on my blog...because VAN REALLY DOES LIKE IT!
So give me your thoughts? Are reviews becoming less credible, because sooo many people do them? Do you just skip reviews all together when reading a blog?