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So Addicted I Have Written 500 Reviews
Member Name: wigglylittleworm
Advantages: talking to the nice people here
Disadvantages: having spats with the idiots, fiction being moved to tier 3 payment
In order to celebrate my 500th review I thought I would mark the occasion by talking about my addiction to the site. I first heard about Dooyoo on an email list I was a member of, a poster posted a link to a recipe they had written and told about how she made 50p for writing reviews and an extra 1.5p if members signed in and rated it. It sounded too good to be true, I quickly signed up and knocked out a couple of sub standard reviews of under 200 words and waited for the community to come and rate and praise my works of genius. The ratings didn't exactly come thick and fast, I was lucky if I got 4 SU or U ratings per shoddy review but I loved watching my miles build up.
I have always loved reading and started reading around the site and realised my reviews were crap compared to everyone else. I noticed some members get crowns for their reviews and thought I could never get one myself but slowly my reviews improved and I've now got 50 under my belt.
I will admit that I started off writing purely for the financial rewards but I don't think monetary gain alone could bring you back to write 500 reviews, after all if I tried to work out what the hourly rate was for writing on Dooyoo then I'm sure it would work out being a really pathetic figure. I will admit that I enjoy spending the amazon vouchers and paying cheques into the bank, the money I have earned on here I see as fun money and apart from once when my windscreen broke the same day a cheque cleared I have always made sure it goes on frivolities. My last cheque went towards buying a pair of expensive concert tickets (of course I will end up reviewing the concert!) and other purchases have included a pair of suede boots, numerous books and DVDs from Amazon, spending money for a short break and spending sprees in Lush.
My reviews have changed and improved over the past 2 years, I had not written anything since I left college many years previously and my confidence in my abilities was really low. I have found that I really enjoy writing reviews and have been delighted to see my writing improve a bit although I am the first to admit it is far from perfect. I have discovered I really enjoy writing and have started to branch out onto other sites, I adore the travel site igougo.com for example. I have also registered for an Open University short course in creative writing, after all if I can write reviews then why not try writing in other styles.
The main thing that keeps me coming back to Dooyoo is the people who make up the community. I have my favourite writers, I especially enjoy reading book and travel reviews but I have also learned about every type of product out there. The phrase "I read about that on Dooyoo" frequently pops into my conversation these days. I have also had my fair share of spats and petty arguments with people from the site but on the whole I have enjoyed getting to talk to a bunch of people who I would not otherwise have the chance to meet. I have even met a couple of people from the site in real life and enjoyed their company immensely.
There are of course darker aspects to my Dooyoo addiction, I've lost count of how many times I have burnt my dinner because I was reading just one more review before I went to get it out of the oven, I've also spent a fortune on products that I have read about and I doubt I will ever manage to read all the books that are on my to read pile after reading reviews about them.
I'm now looking forward to writing my next 500 reviews!
Summary: I'm an addict