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2003-06-02 - 9:08 p.m. - review links page...

Review Links Page…

I owe much of the evolution of my diary to my discovery of review sites. In anticipation for the first review request I had submitted on Sweetreviews, I did my research on diaries that had gotten good reviews and I tried to see what reviewers were looking for. Things like a good looking layout with easy navigation, extras and most importantly content that keeps readers glued to your diary. I pulled out all the stops, and threw in as many extras as I could find relevant including an extended bio with a 100 things entry, an about me section, my first guestbook and a slideshow of my artwork and photos.

Much to my surprise, in my first review I had one of the lowest scores I had ever seen on the Sweetreviews site. If they had a wall of shame I would surely be on it. I got high marks for my layout, navigation and all the extras, but I got huge points taken off on my content and emotional scores, something about my diary entries being overly sexual and offensive. I guess the review process is highly subjective and a diary like mine where I type whatever is on my mind minus the sugar coating is not going to necessarily appeal to everyone, even a fellow guy, one of the few male reviewers around I might add. I've since taken that review with a grain of salt and tried to take the reviewers comments constructively as possible despite the scathingly low score. Ironically, I seem to have caught the attention of a few people who admired my diary despite the negative review. Interesting business to say the least.

Anyway I'm still curious to see how well I would fare under the eye of different reviewers, especially ones whose writing and design styles I actually admire. I have my eye on a few review sites and even specific reviewers. Most if not all require a link to their review site in order to even be considered for review so I thought I would put all of the sites I'm considering or have a request pending in one place with a separate section listing my completed reviews. This will keep my navigation bar from getting ridiculously long.

* NOTE - Not all review sites have image buttons available. For the proposes of continuity of this review page, I create custom button links based on the site's own design for review sites. I usually create buttons with 150 pixel width, so it's small enough to be a button but large enough that I can work with images on a particular site's layout. I basically don't like blank spaces or red X's where a button should be and I have the basic button making skills so it's worth the trouble for me. I even make some buttons for personal diaries that I deem worthy. Occasionally, I even make buttons upon request to those who are nice to me. ;)


Reviews of My Diary Completed


http://sweetreviews.diaryland.com


My Review
My Comments
By: Gumphood
Total Score: 47/100

Muffreviews
http://muffreviews.diaryland.com

My Review
My Comments
By: Larissa (neverknew)
Total Score: 83/100

This next review is special in that I did not request this review, nor is the person doing the review a regular reviewer or part of any review site. She is actually a friend whom I've met through diaryland who seeing my first two reviews, the first which has ended bad and the second which has ended mediocre, decided to take it upon herself to give me her own review. As a reviewer I felt she probably best related to what I was writing in my diary and gave the best critical analysis that I have or will ever get. I guess having the empathy of a friend first may have helped in that matter, but even so she was surprisingly objective with the critique of my design, giving me tips which I have since applied to my latest layout. Anyway I'll let the review speak for itself:


My Review
My Comments
By: conquestgirl
Total Score: 95/100


Tiki Reviews [Closed]
http://tiki-reviews.diaryland.com

My Review
My Comments
By: Tashina (timmain)
Total Score: 105/100

Get reviewed by DiaryReviews!
http://diaryreviews.diaryland.com

My Review
My Comments
By: Adam (antisthenes)
Total Score: 88/100


http://quitenasty.diaryland.com

My Review
My Comments
By: Miss Pyrotic (unjane-)
Total Score: 82/100


http://usareviews.diaryland.com

My Review
My Comments
By: Melody (prowlingleo)
Total Score: 107/100

utter-views
http://utter-views.diaryland.com

My Review
My Comments
By: Nine (all-grown-up)
Total Score: 82/100 (B-)


http://rougereviews.diaryland.com

My Review
My Comments
By: Kathy (ktdream)
Total Score: 170/160 (106.25%)


http://lavishreview.diaryland.com

My Review
My Comments
By: Vickie
Total Score: 98/100


http://sassandbrass.diaryland.com

My Review
My Comments
By: Nicole
Total Score: 96/100



http://designviews.diaryland.com

My Review
My Comments
By: Jassie
Total Score: 34/65 (52%)

DiaryEvals
http://diaryevals.diaryland.com

My Review
My Comments
By: Rory
Total Score: N/A

Note: This site no longer gives "scores" or "grades" rather they give an analysis of your diary along with compliments and/or constructive criticisms. I think it's a very good place to request a first review.



http://orgasmicrevu.diaryland.com

My Review
My Comments
By: Miss Climax
Total Score: 97/100

the-assholes
http://the-assholes.diaryland.com

My Review
My Comments
By: JC
Total Score: 18/100


http://slutreviews.diaryland.com

My Review
My Comments
By: Slutreviews
Total Score: 108/100


http://jane-reviews.diaryland.com

My Review
My Comments
By: Jane
Total Score: 94/100


http://compendious.diaryland.com

My Review
My Comments: Pending
By: DivaMel & Gnomad (joint review)
Total Score: 207/200 (103.5%)


http://frtnckiervw.diaryland.com

My Review
My Comments: Pending
By: Dea
Total Score: 177/180(98.3%)


http://opalreviews.diaryland.com/index.html

My Review
My Comments: Pending
By: April
Total Score: 88/100


http://our-views.diaryland.com

My Review
My Comments: Pending
By: Jo
Total Score: 111/100


Review(s) Pending


http://sugar-review.diaryland.com

[pending since 07/14/03 due to major backlog of requests]


http://sinecure.diaryland.com

[this may take a while as the reviewer only works on this site part-time as both a journalist and a reviewer, but I think it will be worth the wait]

haikyou
http://haikyou.diaryland.com

[hiatus - permanently?]


http://sinfulreview.diaryland.com

[Request has been submitted, but site has not updated since late July '03] =/


http://sweetreviews.diaryland.com

[re-review by gumphood - hiatus]


http://fuckyouviews.diaryland.com

[Yet another review site that went under...]


http://raresilk.diaryland.com

[Originally Requested Leslie Irene. She took an indefinite hiatus from reviewing. I was eventually re-assigned but have been pending for ages...] =(


http://bijou-review.diaryland.com


http://bbreviews.diaryland.com


Review Sites - Pending Request


http://lookingviews.diaryland.com


http://mslovejoy.diaryland.com

http://cheekyreview.diaryland.com

http://specialrevus.diaryland.com

http://idiotreviews.diaryland.com

http://twin-review.diaryland.com

http://bluntviews.diaryland.com


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