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Member Name: miwa
dooyoo.co.uk in general
Date: 09/04/13, updated on 29/06/13 (101 review reads)
This is my 50th review for Dooyoo since I signed up in December 2012. I noticed a prevalence for 'milestone' reviews to be dedicated to the site itself, so I thought, why not... Hope that bandwagon has room for one more. Drunk with power here, already.
So, me and Dooyoo, Dooyoo and I, me, you and Dooyoo. Initially, I had dealings with this site in 2008 through someone I knew who had signed up, and I used to proofread their reviews and once or twice dabbled in writing some of my own when they had writer's block. I became reacquainted with the site recently when I started to try and earn some money online *boo, hiss* to pay for my tuition. Yes, school fees are free in the UK (up to age 18) but as I had left school due to health problems I have to pay my own way... and still being unable to work due to said health problems, it was proving difficult. So you could say the money aspect was my priority when I joined up. And my reviews reflected that - they were short and a bit, well, bad. I like to think I have improved.
Being literary minded (surprisingly), I found it difficult to transition from fiction to reviewing. There are three tenets when writing non-fiction, objectives to achieve and provoke from your audience: to inform, to persuade, and to entertain. Ideally, an 100% perfect review does all of these things, but I think most of mine do 2/3, which ain't bad. After overcoming that learning curve, I found that I do, honest to God, enjoy writing reviews. It delights me that I can make money, even if it's just a few pence, from writing about things I like or dislike. I still find it shocking that Dooyoo pay for things like book and DVD reviews (and even more so for Dooyoo Lounge ones) but of course I am not complaining. I have to thank Dooyoo for enabling me to find something out about myself and for a hobby I find endearing.
However Dooyoo is not all frolicks in the park and raspberry slush puppies, it does have its negative side. There seems to be a great amount of community pressure and a sense of judgement - I partake in this too, every time I see NEW MEMBER posting a review on a mobile phone that barely scrapes past 150 words - 150 poorly spelled words, with no paragraphs or punctuation - I think: why God? To be fair to Dooyoo, they are quick to scoop up these spammers and put them in the dustbin of life, but that's beyond the point. There is something more integrally dubious to Dooyoo, and that's in the format of the site itself - Dooyoo make money off affiliate links and advertising, pays a little of that back to reviewers who get paid for reviews, completing a self-serving circuit. Nowhere in that equation can I see the initiative to write good quality honest consumer reviews. Consumers are what make the site tick. Without them buying through Dooyoo and visiting the site to bring in traffic, there would be no Dooyoo and no money. Not that high quality honest reviews don't exist - in fact, a very many of them do, I would go so far to say the majority of reviews are - but as a consumer I am wary of the honesty of the fact many reviews, due to the nature of the website, may well be faked to make 60p.
Beyond liars, there is also some traits of Dooyoo that go against the grain of consumer need. For example, Dooyoo tends to reward those who write long reviews. As a consumer making an important or expensive purchase, I will read several reviews on an item before mentally correlating the data and making a decision. I do not want to spend 15 minutes reading a 2000-word review. If it contains all relevant data and experience, fair enough, but many are padded out with information, such as irrelevant anecdotes or back-story of a nature I don't care about. Very often shorter reviews contain just the basic facts and relevant experience needed to make a decision, and I am surprised that Dooyoo don't reward express reviews or shorter reviews with their own competition category as I do believe they have an important use.
Thirdly, some items just don't need reviews, to be frank. While it is necessary to share negative information e.g. a product that didn't live up to expectations, average reviews of average products seem unnecessary, like towels, balloon holders, baked beans, bic pens, toilet paper... To be honest, if I want to buy a balloon holder I will go to a shop and buy it, I don't need to know anything more than it has weight enough to stop a balloon flying away. Anyway that hypothetical situation is ridiculous, I would just use a rock, and instead of a balloon, a bird. This is how we do things in North Staffordshire.
Dooyoo HQ are also a mysterious bunch. Once you start playing what I call "the long game" - writing fewer but longer reviews for crowns, instead of writing shorter, more frequent reviews for instant cash - the likelihood of a crown ascends to the arbitrary. Honestly, they seem random. I know people complain about crowns a lot, personally I think they are great, I just wish they were executed in a simpler way. As it stands it seems like reviews posted on a Tuesday or Monday have a higher likelihood of receiving a crown because whoever reads the nominated reviews (God bless your soul) understandably reads down (or backwards) through their list. This is unfair, date should not factor into it - the reviews with the most nominations should be highest on the list and therefore have more chance. This makes more sense. I am confident everyone reading this is sick of crown talk, so I will leave it there.
I enjoy Dooyoo and I have factored it into my life seamlessly - a rate here in between this, a rate there - and I have found it pays for enjoyable work. I have learnt a lot about different things - travel, products, lifestyles - and I have met some great people, as well as introducing friends to the site. I think it could be improved, but I like it here, and I hope to be celebrating another milestone with you all some day. Thanks for reading.
Summary: Happy Birthday, sort of.