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I don't think its any real surprise that dooyoo have introduced their new payment regime to clash with the World Cup. 70% of the world's purchases are now made by women and dooyoo have identified what those women want to buy and so what better time to get them writing, reading and buying on dooyoo! The boys can sit back with a beer or two to watch the matches while the mums and other halves hog the PC with a bottle of Pinot all through June and July, and in return the men can do some housework (dusting is really easy at half-time guys!) to keep her sweet.
I we are honest, bar audio tech and computers, occasional buys for boys, there's just nothing much in the Level 1 section for the boys to write about and so the girls now have the showcase to show us what they can do on dooyoo. Dooyoo is as female as it gets right now and the boys will just have to take it on the chin. I forced myself to do a printer review and it got 30 reads and one comment. It's just no fun and was boring to write, although I did manage to be gratuitously sexist in it.
The females of the species bagged 40 crowns to the boys twenty in the first week of the new dooyoo payment regime, members suddenly concentrating their reviews on that 95% of products members weren't reviewing here before. Toys and Games in the level one payment area saw the guide for that departments rates rise from 76 a month to 638a month, perhaps proving most dooyoo members write purely for money. Who knew so many people played the board game 'Frustration'!
The sports guide was the top rater for the month in the sports section and 'here here' to that, but with just 38 rates, just no content to rate these days. The rather unfit guides managed just ten sports crowns in three years. Shame on you! The weekly crowns for women to males ration in all departments under the new payment structure is listed below. Guides crowns increased to 55 in the last 250 awarded, regardless of the new payment levels and big reduction of reviews posted on site, down 25% due to the sun, the World Cup and the loss of reviews in sections like film, music and books. That means a big chunk of writers are now trying to figure out how to make it worth their while here.
Week 1 40/20
Week 2 46/25
Week 3 40/24
So, as the lucrative Level One reviews are essentially stuff members use little off then the boys will have to look elsewhere to write, most of our stuff bunged in Level 3, dooyoo's cupboard-under-the-stairs. For me it's a good chance to write about sport as I'm technically a semi-pro sports writer, writing a weekly column for my local paper on cricket and doing stuff for other magazines for cash my qualification, and so should be ok at it. I love football too and the World Cup has kept me in reviews until July. Without it I would be dooyoo redundant as it's just too hot to be watching movies or writing 900 words about breadmakers. In fact my rating habits have collapsed since members stopped reviewing films and dooyoo lounge under the site changes, the devil falling off the first page of the member's ratings list for the first time in two years (I was suspended for 2 weeks the last time I did). I'm actually quite enjoying not having to spend time rating now that the sun is out and the footy is flowing like fine wine. My film rates have dropped 60%! I do hope dooyoo know what they are doing with this system because if they lose loyal raters and writers like me they lose full-stop. As a pain in the ass I am (the dooyoo vuvuzela!) I did put a shift in here to help it function. But it's someone else's turn to put in that shift now that dooyoo want to court the women. It is odd that dooyoo's July competition is a film one, perhaps nervous on the massive drop in reviews here since films go the boot.
As hard as I try to write a decent sports review in the sports section I have won very few crowns there over the last decade. It really is a hard work writing in that section if you are chasing crowns, which is annoying as I need one more crown in the dooyoo lounge to have the highest tally on dooyoo ever at 46. Sport crowns totalled 20 of the last 250 dooyoo lounge crowns awarded and I'm proud to say I have done much better there and top that list with 6 sports crowns in 18 months.
Dooyoo's rather vacuous embracing of the World cup (come on, those community page pictures look suspiciously like they were shot for the European Championships in 2008) has been predictable. They have awarded just one crown from 25 reviews and counting on the World Cup so far and that, of course, went to a guide, the only guide who has written about football in the duration of the World Cup. Yes it's a good review but it's almost as if they have been waiting for a guide to write a World Cup review before they were prepared to crown one. Old habits die hard. For sports reviews in the sports category though our now departed sports writer Ken John dominated that section and got 50% of the crowns when he was guide in the early days of dooyoo. He will own that section long after his sad death. As he was a freelance sports writer I suppose it made a lot of sense that he did get all the crowns. We used to tease each other over his high success rate and it was he who inspired me to try and become a freelance sports writer, which I gratefully thank him for. If a grumpy Dublin cabby could do it then why not me! I had a whiskey for him last year when I was in the press box at the Twenty20 Final writing up the day for the Northampton Chronicle & Echo.
Writing is not about how good you're at spelling or punctuation as that stuff can be learnt as you go along. It's about what you have to say and how you say it, engaging the punter to leak a sly smile. If you do that you got em! If you worry about what people may think about what you say then put the pen down and go away and be normal. There are lots of normal writers here. You have to add something to the world. Don't be afraid. Talk with through that mischievous voice in your head to the reader's mischievous voice in their heads. Say what they are thinking and the more they rant against your thoughts the more they agree with them.
My sports reviews tend to be match reports or betting predictions, over technical lists. Technical reviews don't appeal to me and if you want to know the ins and outs of the Emirates Stadium then I'm not your man. A dooyoo review should be about you, a member of the public, experiences of a product or place or an event. I only write a review on anything if I can do at least 1000 words on it. I feel guilty for doing just 500 words, words you can get anywhere else on the internet. We should add something unique to the argument and I hope I certainly do that. I have to watch my libel P's & Q's though...
Any review needs a strong first few lines that suggest you have put thought into the work although don't linger if your opening doesn't really relate to the product or event your are reviewing. I have been guilty of that many times. But don't be afraid to drift in the review if you have a point to make. Also, take on those libel laws when doing reviews, the satisfaction of trashing sports people and products always fun. I have had three legal letters when writing about certain cricket issues through inside information picked up and it gets you noticed and ultimately respected. They don't like it when you know what they know.
I also use dooyoo to archive my thoughts on things so can be a little selfish sometimes. When you do write about an event many people have just seen, like the England matches or the Wimbledon final, then keep it brief in that part of your review. The most tedious sports writing is that stuffy stuff you read on Monday morning from matches two days old. I also like to add humour and any controversy I can get away with to make you want to read my stuff. Its very easy to rate a review Very useful just because the last person has. I also write for the people I think will read it. If you can get your audience to intimately relate to your work it becomes a shared secret between you. Good information few people know in professional sport writing is a sexy thing to have. For instance I know all six English cricketers involved in the current match-fixing probe and one you would not believe.
Its become a unwritten rule on Dooyoo that a new guide should write a How to write
review in their category as a sort of initiation to the role and as the new guide for Sports I dont see why I should be an exception so here goes
Sports is not one of the most popular categories but that doesnt mean that the standard required to obtain a crown is any less than other more popular categories, with this in mind certain golden rules have to be followed if you want to write an effective review.
1) Make it personal. We are not interested in what a brochure or advertising material has to say about the product/place/event we want to know what YOU thought of it from your own experiences.
2) Write in a way that people can easily understand, avoid making spelling mistakes and present the information clearly. Use paragraphs or split it into sections thats up to you but make it clear.
3) No padding. No waffle. It might be interesting to know the full history of the FA cup from its conception to the present day but thats not something that should be covered in detail in one of these reviews. It might also be fun to describe in detail some great cup game that was played 20 years ago but is it really relevant?
4) A bit of technical advice write your review in word or similar and then once youre happy with all aspects of the review presentation, spelling etc and contents cut and paste it into Dooyoo. Any further edits (you always miss something) if needed can be done after it is posted.
Whenever you write a review in this or any other section bear these points in mind.
Now for specific advice about writing in the Sports category.
THE KEY TO SPORTING (reviewing) SUCCESS!
The category is divided into four main sections and each one deserves individual consideration.
SPORTING GEAR-from sports shoes to swimsuits, from cricket pads to goalkeeper's gloves and more?
You could start by describing what aspect of this product attracted you in the first place, was it
advertising, word of mouth, browsing in a shop, reputation of the brand?
Describe the product in some detail and state how often and what you used it for. You may ask what other use could I have for a swimsuit? Fair enough (if you do have other uses I dont want to know) but in the case of tennis shoes many people buy them for causal wear rather than actually playing tennis so knowing this is pertinent.
Does the item have a particular design feature that is worth mentioning?
It is tempting for people to buy something and then review it straight away but I would suggest for the review to be useful especially in this category is worth road testing the product for a few weeks/months before making a judgment. A pair of running shoes could fit perfectly and look great in the shop but after a few runs they could start coming apart at the seams, this would be useful to know! At any rate you should give an indication in the review how much experience youve had using the item, again this will be relevant.
Give you opinion on the value for money aspect of the item too, remember that this will be effected by the purpose for which the time was intended. For instance even if you only pay a few quid for a pair of goalkeeping gloves they might not be up to the standard needed for a serious goalie who plays regularly and thus wouldnt be particularly good value but for a mess about at the local park they might be fine. How does it compare to similar products on the market?
Most importantly mention any individual problems or niggles youve had with the item doesnt matter how specific they are. For instance a pair of cricket pads might be offer very good protection and fit, they maybe easy to put on and might have been good value for money BUT you found that when you were playing the bottom of the pad rubbed against you ankle and made it sore while you were taking a run Tell us!
Remember to also mention the availability of the product, does it come in many different fittings, is it easy to find in your high street sports shop or do you have to go to a specialist shop or online to get it.
SPORTING EQUIPMENT- from treadmills to trampolines, from racquets to rowing machines and more?
For sporting equipment the advice is similar to that above except you could also go in to a bit more detail of the design features of the equipment if this is a particular selling feature. For example is the material used to make the racquet etc, new innovative, special in some way? Explain a little of the theory behind it but beware of padding for the sake of it.
For electrical or more complex equipment mention if it needs regular maintenance etc.
SPORT EVENTS/TOURNAMENTS- from Wimbledon to The Word Cup, from The Grand National to British Open Golf and more?
This kind of review requires a slightly different approach more akin to writing a travel review.
You should start by giving details of how you came to be at the event. Was it easy to get tickets was it expensive? How did this affect your overall experience?
What was the venue like? What were the facilities (food, drink, toilets, seating) like? How helpful where the staff? How was the atmosphere? What was the idea behind the event and where does it rank amongst other similar events, this might be more relevant if describing some that might not be so well known. DID YOU ENJOY IT? Again remember to give plenty of personal experience as well as useful information.
SPORT LOCATIONS- from gyms to golf courses, from sailing clubs to diving schools and more?
This category can have little bit of crossover with the sport events category. For instance when describing the FA Cup final at the Millennium Stadium who do have to mention a little about the stadium as well as the competition but if the review is about the Stadium itself then concentrate of specific aspects like facilities, ease of access, transport links, location, design features, parking etc.
When reviewing a sports club/fitness centre or gym remember to mention membership details, facilities covered by membership (Pool, gym use, booking of courts, use of track access to instructors or coaches).
You have to remember, as with any product your opinion is only really useful the reader can put it into context. How often do you visit this location? How often do you use the facilities? If its a gym and you only use it in the middle of the afternoon during the week days you might find that the equipment is always available and that you have the virtual run of the place, whereas if you use the gym after work hours or at week end you might find huge wait to use the equipment and the place to be generally crowded its important to know.
If you have a particular viewpoint, some form of disability or special need mention this, how does the location cater for you (this would also be true of the Sport Events category above)? How helpful was the staff in this respect.
One aspect that people sometimes forget to mention when describing a venue or sporting club is the people that attend. The type of people that frequent the club could make a huge difference to your opinion of the place. A gym could be geared towards specialist bodybuilders so someone just wanting to keep moderately fit working out once or twice a week might find this off putting etc. again if you were one of these bodybuilders your opinion of the place would be different so again put it into context.
Now I dont pretend that you should include everything Ive mentioned for every review. Take a little time to plan what you are going to say, be selective, use your own judgement and write down what you felt was relevant, be as honest as you can in conveying your experiences. Finally make sure you proofread it before posting it. Do all this and you cant go far wrong!
I look forward to reading all your reviews!
~ ~ Before I even get into what I personally think makes a good sports opinion, I’d like to take this opportunity to outline what the recent changes in dooyoo’s “Crown” policy have meant in the Sport’s Category. As many of you are probably aware, I have been the Category Guide at Sports for the past few months, and as such send in a weekly report on the Category to Katie at dooyoo, suggesting (among other things) what opinions should be considered for Crowns. My recommendations, along with the number of nominations that an opinion receives from other members, helps Katie to decide which opinions will receive a ‘wee jaggy bunnet’. But the recent changes in Crown policy have (unfortunately) meant that Crowns in the Sports category are increasingly becoming very rare wee beasties indeed. In order for an opinion to now qualify for a Crown, it must now be ‘consumer orientated’. Put simply, this means that you must be able to purchase the product or service you are writing about. So, for example, opinions about football teams or players no longer qualify, even if they are wonderfully written and descriptive. Whereas an opinion about a pair of football boots, a make of golf clubs, or any other ‘product’ do still qualify for a Crown award. So try if you can to ask yourself the question when you are writing your Sports opinion. “Can I buy this product or service?” If the answer is yes (and Katie and myself will ‘stretch’ the boundaries wherever possible!) then you may still get a Crown. If the answer is no, then you’ll just have to accept that your ‘masterpiece’ is never going to have that shiny wee gold icon beside it on your profile. ~ ~ I’ve been trying (very hard) to get dooyoo to adopt a new award called a “Quill”, which I suggested to them months back, for excellent opinions that no longer qualify for a Crown
. This would give an excellent opinion (in ALL Categories) that wasn’t ‘consumer orientated’ the recognition it deserves, but the chances are that it WOULDN’T gain you an extra 1,000 dooyoo miles (£1) as a Crown does, at least not initially. But so far, and despite Katie thinking it’s a wonderful idea and pressing the German ‘opmeisters’ to take the idea on board, it still hasn’t made its appearance on the site. Maybe this opinion (hopefully) might bring about some positive changes, but to be perfectly honest, I’m not holding my breath in anticipation. Dooyoo management seem to be running with all the speed of a slow boat to China these days, to be perfectly honest with you. Ah well, such is life. But rest assured that I WILL continue to make a nuisance of myself on behalf of the members, and hopefully (eventually) the dooyoo opmeisters might sit up and take some notice! ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ ~ Right you are then. I’ve got my wee ‘rant’ off my chest. How do you set about writing an exceptional sports opinion? Well, that’s a very hard question to answer to be perfectly honest, as an opinion that one reader thinks is simply wonderful, someone else will no doubt think is a load of old codswallop! So all I can really do is tell you how I go about writing a sports opinion. And I must be doing SOMETHING right, as I’ve managed to gather quite a collection of wee jaggy bunnets (Crowns) in my time here at dooyoo for my sports ops. What I’m going to do is to concentrate on my ‘speciality subject’ (golf) but you can substitute any other sport of your own choosing, as the basic criteria that make up a quality opinion doesn’t really change. ~ ~ The first essential is to really KNOW your subject. That might seem self evident, but it’s amazing how many members think they can get away with simply writing a load of
old waffle about a product or service that they have gleaned from other sources, (both online and offline) when it is apparent to most readers that they really don’t have an earthly clue what they are writing about. My own golf course reviews have gained many Crowns here at dooyoo, and I believe that that is simply because I am writing about a topic that I have extensive personal knowledge of. Most of the golf courses I review I have had the pleasure of playing MANY times over a number of years. So the first GOLDEN rule is simply to know what it is you’re writing about, so that you can write with some knowledge, authority and passion. Believe me, this will be picked up on by most readers, and they will appreciate your efforts, even if it’s about a topic they know little about personally. ~ ~ The second golden rule is to always try to personalise your opinion with your own feelings and views on the topic. Dooyoo is an opinion site, and that’s what dooyoo and other members (and Joe Public!) want to read about when they click on your op. If they wanted simple facts and figures, than these can easily be obtained from other sources. They want to know what YOUR take is on a product or service, and what YOU personally thought about it. Sometimes it can be a bit hard to get the balance between facts and personal opinion just right. It’s all very well writing an insightful and brilliant op about a golf course, but if nobody knows how to get there, or how much it will cost them to play, or if there are any restrictions on WHEN they can play, then it loses much of its usefulness. ~ ~ And that leads me very nicely to the third golden rule. Always try to include ALL the (relevant) facts and figures, costs, etc in your opinion whenever possible. And if it’s a product, then compare it to similar products on the market. This is where the Web can be a vital tool. I might know most of what there is to
know about a particular golf course, but there is ALWAYS something that I’ll be unsure about. So I go to the Web (usually Google) to research my opinion further, and to find out the relevant extra information that I want to include. So research is (usually) a vital part of writing a good opinion. ~ ~ And last, but by no means least, try to write your opinion using good spelling and grammar. I’m not the best in this department myself, and often make some glaring mistakes. But by writing my opinion in Word first, and then using a spelling and grammar check, I can (mostly) correct the worst of them. I then simply ‘cut and paste’ it over onto dooyoo. It doesn’t matter how brilliant an opinion you’ve written. If your spelling and grammar stink, then the chances are that it wont get that elusive wee jaggy bunnet. (Crown) When I’ve finished my opinion, I usually let it sit for a few days before I post it on the site. I’ll go back and read and re-read it a few times, and invariably I’ll come up with some extra information, or something else I’ve missed the first time of writing. Often I even edit my opinion quite a few times AFTER I’ve posted it on the site, as I see certain flaws or omissions that I want to correct. ~ ~ Well. That’s it folks. I hope to be reading many of your great sports opinions in the future, and hopefully doling out bucketfuls of Crowns. (and hopefully Quills) ~~~~~~~~~~~~
So You Want To Be A Sports Writer….Ok Listen Up!! I often sit on a lonely night at home and wonder what it is that makes Art1954 the talented writer that he is. It was after a few hours that it suddenly hit me, it’s not just my writing, it’s my personality shines through my writing………. And so to how to write a good sports opinion..Mmmmm, firstly be very careful that you know a lot about the subject matter. Don’t go doing an opinion on Manchester Utd if you are a Villa fan, or don’t do an opinion on Liverpool as a lot of readers may find it boring…… So ok you have picked your topic and you are sitting on the third line thinking about what you are going to write about next. Look this writing can either be easy or hard, personally I have found it very easy. Firstly if you are typing away about Kevin Keegan and you think the guy is your idol then just pour it all out. Don’t stop and worry about what the reading public think, I certainly don’t. I write for the pleasure of it now and have Amazon vouchers I never use………. If you write about a sporting idol make sure you have all the facts in front of you. It’s not just about facts and figures though, you have to get people interested in what you are writing about. My guess is a lot of people lose interest in an opinion just about at this point..So to prove you read this opinion all the way type “I read it all Art” in my comments section…….. It’s a fact that not a lot of women are sports readers so as there are a lot of women on Dooyoo you are fighting a losing battle right away. Try a catchy title to lure these women into your opinion, once they click onto your opinion you have got your read. Trust me, I have got more reads from catchy titles than anything else. A good title definitely catches my eye when I look at the latest opinions
and have even found myself reading about eyeliners or nappies because of the title. I may not have enjoyed the opinion but it got that extra read…………… To be honest it is very difficult to write a sports opinion and only a limited few are good at it. But don’t be put off by that, if you want to tell us why you think George Best is a genius or that you think Cantona is a superhero then give it your best shot……. At the end of the day what is a good opinion, for me it’s when someone shows me how they really feel for something with a passion. It does reflect in your writing, and if I see it I make sure I return to read that person again. Personally I prefer a passionate opinion rather than an opinion boring me with facts and dates………… So why are you all still here, go write that sports opinion. For goodness sake I just told you how to write a good one, do you want me to blinking write it for you as well……….. Anyway thanks for turning up once again, am ever nearer my 10,000th read. And I promise that the member who is my 10,000th reader will receive £10 by post……..As ever your sporty friend online………….. Art…………………………̷ 0;…………………………… 8230;…………………
I wasn’t going to do this you know, fellow dooyoo writers had brought it up in conversation and my words were along the lines of ‘theres no chance I’m writing in there’. However this past week I’ve been considering it more and more, personally I find the whole ‘how to write a good category x opinion’ category-adding was a bit sucky, in fact I still do, but the thing is most of you are expecting all the Guides to write in their categories – well even if you’re not (and I hope not as I’m sure that there’ll probably be a couple of guides who don’t write here), you’re getting one from me in my category so nyah! to you. So what is it that constitutes a good Sports opinion then?, well I hate to say it but I haven’t nominated a sports opinion in nearly a month, I’m not saying that I don’t feel the recent sports opinions have been good but they just haven’t made me drop my Quorn buttie (no bacon for me – veggie that I am), go on I’m evil, you’re gonna say it and I’m expecting it too. So then what is it that gets me to send that e-mail to the people in charge of this here site?, well Sports is a varied category, what I’m going to do here is give you ‘MY OPINION’ on how to write in each different part of the category however it is not Dooyoo’s opinion – but mine, even though I’m the designated guide for the Sports category you still can’t take my word as gospel, the evidence is there if you look for it – notice that theres still been Sports and Outdoors crowns recently – they weren’t me! However before we get into the specific sports stuff hows about a quick run-up on all of what I feel is a general idea of what makes a good opinion. Waffle: We’ve all seen it and we’ve all done it as well – theres a fine line between including personal exp
erience and boring your readers to not rating, by all means when you write – give it that personal touch, just re-read it before you post it and then think if you’ve waffled or not. Text-talk: You’re writing for a website where thousands of people could be reading your work, if you read something on a website offering advice to users, you want it to be an easy yet informative read no?, so tlking like this isn’t really kewl is it?, no thought not – not readable really either? Talking Down: Another thing that sometimes seems hard to avoid – by all means make your review as informative as possible but give your readers a little bit of credit, they do know a little bit after all. So then – up there I mentioned that I thought Sports and Outdoors was split into several different groups, and its hard to notice for some – but basically this is how I see the Sports category split at the minute: Teams, Players/Managers/Participants, Events, TV Shows, Gambling, Stadiums, The Sport in General, Forum Stuff and Equipment, once again have a list of what I hope to read when I get to read a sports opinion. Teams: At the minute the category is slightly saturated with opinions about Football teams, a subject which I think is hard to write in. Theres several different parts that I personally feel would be great to add to the review and these are: Players: who is it that the reader can expect to hear about if they get involved in this team?, are there any stars in the team and perhaps theres some over-rated players too – why not tell us about them? and don’t just stop at current players what about past players or people coming up through the youth ranks? Add on to this some information about people you think may be playing for other teams who could be interested in playing for the team you are writing about. Memories: Bad Stuff, Good Stuff – I’d like to
read about it, maybe your favourite football team went to Wembley and won, or maybe your most hated team went to Wembley and lost (or maybe they just got too cocky in Germany and got booted out of the European championship), either way, give your feelings on it and see your opinion flourish. The Manager: Is the team going the way you expected?, do you blame the players or the man who picks the players? Have the latest picks been inspired or do you feel left all hot and bothered at the Managers seeming inability to actually manage. Perhaps you think that you could do better than the current (wo)man in charge?, and now you’ve decided that you want to vent it – then by all means vent it, just go back to the general point I made earlier – don’t try and be too up yourself when you write it and hopefully it’ll come out just fine. Why?: this is a general piece of advice so think of it in every single one of these sub-categories. Why is it you like the team?, what is it that inspires a passion within you to actually write about them? This I feel is the biggest part of the opinion as it is all “your opinion” so this is where I honestly see the opinion as a make or break option – you’re saying what makes you feel the way you do – so say it and say it proud. Players/Managers/Participants: This one is a lot more varied, you can write about people who play all kinds of Sports, once again expect a break-down here, though only 2 this time: Who are they?: Everyone has history not least the participants in all these sports you’re writing about, if you know about it express it. When I say that – what achievements have they had already?, what path led them to where they are today, be it rack and ruin or crowning glory. What special events can you remember that they were involved in?, surely they’ve got some talent in them to be where they are
8211; be it WWF Wrestler, Footballer, Cricketer or Tennis player this is the sort of thing that I personally would be interested in reading. But perhaps there are people raving about events that one person was involved in and you feel that they’re being over-rated, then tell us – give us your ideas on what this person is really like, I’d like to read some opinions that are damning of sports-people too. What Talents do they have?: Well?, perhaps they can knock in a 35 yard shot with ease, or punch harder than Mike Tyson, or perhaps they’re just faster than anything you’ve ever seen – then tell us all about it. Or perhaps you feel that theres an under-rated star out there – then once again let the world know what you feel and perhaps help us un-earth a star shall we? Events: An easy one this, a simple list of who was participating, what happened, perhaps a little bit of your own personal feelings on what happened on that day, but what I see this part of Sports as is simple – make it a personal opinion, perhaps a bit more than any of the other Sports categories, especially if you were actually there when it all happened. But what if I’ve bought a video?: well sometimes there are reviews out there of sports videos that have been released, and to be honest most of them are in the fitness or WWF sections – this time I’d expect you to give an idea of what to expect when you watch the video – if its of a sports event did it leave you begging for more, and if it was of a aerobics/gymnastics tape did you end up feeling 100% better fitness wise? TV Shows: Another quick and simple one – why do you watch the show/avoid watching the show? – more importantly what sort of show can people expect to watch when they tune in. But do the presenters annoy the hell out of you or do they make you want to watch the show even more?, whatever they
do – add it into the review and perhaps again put a bit of personal opinion into it all and see where it goes from there? Gambling: Yet another quick and simple one, basically how quick are they to pay up? (remember that most of the bookies on here are online ones), what variety of bets do they offer, are there any offers to get you to sign up with them in the first place, and is there any customer service. Sounds simple doesn’t it?, but try and think of it more as a shopping review than a Sports review – at the end of the day it’s a company you’re reviewing more than a sports service – and that’s what I personally am looking for when I read a Gambling review. Stadiums: Now we get back to the hard stuff, every single stadium is different and as such theres a few different parts that I think should be put into a Stadium review: Accessibility: How easy was it to get to the stadium?, when you went did you have any troubles getting to the stadium, where there adequate parking and disabled facilities?, if not what do you think the Stadium could do better to help? Cleanliness: When you got there were you disgusted at the state of the stadium when you got there?, or did you think it was impeccable to visit?, again its something I want to read about! Staff: Stewards are quite often the gits of the stadiums aren’t they?, maybe they were over-handed or maybe they turned a blind eye to a bit of a spat in the middle of the stadium. Or Maybe just maybe when you got there you couldn’t find your seat and couldn’t get no help – a lot of the times it’s the Stewards and Staff that make the stadium, again its something that I feel should be included in your reviews. Food and Gifts: was your meat pie cold, did you get the t-shirt you wanted from the gift-shop? And more importantly was it of good value and quality?, who knows if you add this to your revi
ew you may find that your readers are appreciative of what you’ve said. General: Well was it a good day out all told, could you see the action that was going on and most importantly were you made to feel welcome when got there?, use all of this to possibly end your opinion and you won’t be going far wrong. The Sport in General: contrary to popular belief you don’t have to be an ex or current player to be able to write a competent review of sports – by all means you could be an avid watcher of the sport and that would be fine by me. Rules: Why did that player just get told off by the referee?, many a time when I’ve been watching sports with a new viewer that’s the query that’s been thrown at me – give your reader an idea of what they can expect if they start to watch the sport, give them an idea of if the sports going to be quick-paced or slow and work it from there, then perhaps add in a bit of………. History: How did the Sport come to be, is there any special little stories involved in the conception of the sport?, give your readers a brief run-down of where it all came from and perhaps why the sports so popular nowadays, it makes for in my eyes an interesting read. Getting involved: So you do play the sport, well perhaps it might be wise to give at the end of your opinion a brief run-down of what you need to do if you want to get involved – by this I mean what equipment is needed to participate, how hard it is to find a club that will take you on and perhaps nurture your talents and most importantly how much it is going to cost the user – once again you may find yourself shocked at how appreciative a reader can be of information like that. Forum: Generally for every category there is a Forum, so perhaps this short little paragraph is more applicable to a general category than specifically in Sports. Forums as a lot of you are probably
aware can course for quite a ruckus between members, one of the best ones here in Sports that I can point you to is “Fox-hunting is it sport?” Look at the previous mentioned category, tempers have gotten flared in there, and why?, the main reason is that people are writing opinions that are ‘too one-sided’ – people are slowly deciding that they must be right and aren’t prepared to even accept that not everyone has the same views as them, so when writing in here, that’s the one tip I’m going to give out – try and give an idea of what its like for both sides – then give what your own personal opinion is – then perhaps you may find that you earn the respect of your peers for being able to see the whole story. Equipment: Last one, and to be honest if you want to write here be my guest – you’ll find that the only writers you’re going to find here are your hard-core enthusiasts and the churners, you wonder why eh? Well how much interest can you muster up to write about a pair of gloves?, or a Football, or a Tennis Racket? – exactly! Simple thing I’d say here is make sure you have an extensive knowledge of the product. Buying sports products isn’t cheap nowadays and if you think you’re in over your head then I’d say to you to not even write. But if you’re determined to write then 3 main parts I’d be looking for – alternatives to the product, how much its going to cost and what effect it has on how you perform in the Sport/Activity – all three of these are necessary to the prospective buyer to make a choice and without meaning to sound too harsh but they’re necessary to get a VU out of me too. Final bit of wisdom from me and it’s a simple one – its about the style of review – I say this here and now, be yourself *but* try and make it that all the information is there eh?
, remember long ago in this review I mentioned waffle?, well this is what I’m meaning, by all means be humorous – be unique – but don’t write so that you’re going too far off-topic more than once, that’s all I really ask. Anyway if you’re still with me by now, then I hope its been of some kind of help to you, I swear I didn’t mean to go on as long as I did but you know how it is – you start writing and then before you know it you’ve got an epic on your hands – but as I’ve said in a previous how to write opinion – the main thing to do with this site?, have fun, if you’re not having that then why are you here? N.B. as I’m sure all other guides will agree if you find yourself having any problems with specific category reviews then why not e-mail the relevant guide?, we don’t bite you know.