Reviewing sex toys - work or pleasure?
I recently spotted the Twitter of a blogger who, like me, reviews erotic toys. She asked followers to ask questions about her work, and the response was more than positive. Even though the reviews, for now, don’t bring me money, I found myself in those questions as a questioner and questioned.
Blog Those Creamy Peaches was, even before I knew that my logo would be peach and cream on top, designed as a blog with honest reviews of erotic toys, whether given to me by a store or bought by myself. Easy peasy, or so I thought. You write what you think. And so it was and still is. However, in the process of writing, I was often dealing with some doubts. In the beginning, it was easy. I had toys in my closet that kept me company over my teenage and student years. I knew exactly why they were good and which features I hated the most. I also had no relationship with the manufacturer or the store where I bought it. I was buying vibrators one after another and criticized them without hesitation when needed.
Still determined to keep doing it so, I contacted the stores and introduced myself as a blogger that honestly evaluates toys. Or in other words, if the toy is bad, I’ll skin it alive; if it’s excellent, I’ll praise it to the stars. I want to help women in choosing a suitable toy for them. However, when I received the first box of donated toys, I broke out in a cold sweat. I had a million questions and no one to ask for advice. What should I do if I don’t really like something, if it doesn’t feel good? How important is my experience when there are as many tastes as there are people in the world? We will always be divided into those who like peanut butter and those who don’t. How do I tell a store that their bestseller is a Prius and not a Jaguar?
Sometimes I’m amazed at how my brain manages to find so many questions that get clear answers as soon as I get to work. With each tested toy, the answer to the question opened up, and I finally came up with a still valid formula. Both the store and the reader know that I am writing honestly, based on my own experience. If the toy is not good for me, I’m not afraid to write that down. Some readers could find themselves and their own opinion in my reviews, yet others find an advantage in the toy’s flaw that haunts me even at night.
Work or pleasure?
First and foremost, I would choose pleasure. However, it is not always enough. In two years of reviewing sex toys, I have found that for someone who needs to turn on their head while on their way to orgasm, the most important thing is to leave the door to the unknown opened and learn all the time. At the beginning of my journey, I was convinced of some things, which later did not turn out to be accurate, such as my resistance to rabbit vibrators. The present self would slap the former me for this. The key to giving a thorough review is, at least in my opinion, time. You need to try the toy in all possible positions and not judge it after the first use. Maybe some vibrators didn’t suit me initially; maybe my head was surrounded by strange and dark thoughts that prevented pleasure.
Reviewing toys is also a job, unpaid but pleasurable, but still a job. Although almost every test brings me to orgasm, I have to review the toy, observe and pay attention to the way it works, plan when I will post the review, what rating it deserves, and finally make a readable and useful text. This is followed by details such as photography and cosmetic corrections of the text. And of course, I must not forget to organize time and find some peace for testing.
I still ask myself many questions, and I am still facing many challenges. How to make the blog interesting and worth a visit? How to get even closer to the readers? What are they interested in? Is that enough? Which anal plug to choose? How to test it? What if a dildo would bring me to orgasm?
Sometimes it’s hard to criticize a toy you fell in love with at first sight. It is also tricky to stand between the store and the users. However, you soon realize that the readers are the ones worth the effort. For them, I try to combine the fun and the work. I start with an orgasm, write some lines, and end with an orgasm as payment for a job well done.