Product Reviews as a Hobby

July 10th, 2012

Blogging is not the hot ticket that it used to be. You can judge the relevance of any particular internet activity based on how often it gets talked about on American sitcoms. The guys on The Big Bang Theory are more into MMORPGs and Twitter.

Bloggers continue to make the case for the relevance of blogging. Here are some examples:

7 Reasons Why Blogging Is Still Important in 2012

Why I Still Blog

10 Reasons to Blog in 2012

Why I still blog in the age of social networks

If you browse through a few of those posts you will see a mix of practical and sentimental reasons to keep blogging even though blogging no longer automatically makes you one of the cool kids.

This blog, the one you are reading now, has gone fallow. This was because the reasons that I had for blogging were no longer valid. What recently changed this is that I was approached about testing and reviewing a product. This has happened before. What was different was that it was a product that I actually want and need. I have simple needs and I don’t like to buy a lot of crap. Here is a list of items that I have or used to have that make me happy:

  • My Shubb Capo
  • My Kelly Kettle
  • My Blue Steel Frying Pan
  • I think I will blog more frequently now and concentrate on talking about useful products.

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    Product Reviews as Entertainment

    June 4th, 2012

    This item has over 2,000 reviews on Amazon. Amazon does not have a requirement that a review be a verified purchaser. Usually this means that products will have poorly written unconvincing positive review from sock puppets. Sometimes though, a few people will write humorous reviews. Occasionally, a product will go viral as people pile on with ridiculous reviews. The Mountain Three Wolf Moon Short Sleeve Tee is a case in point.

    This item has wolves on it which makes it intrinsically sweet and worth 5 stars by itself, but once I tried it on, that’s when the magic happened. After checking to ensure that the shirt would properly cover my girth, I walked from my trailer to Wal-mart with the shirt on and was immediately approached by women. The women knew from the wolves on my shirt that I, like a wolf, am a mysterious loner who knows how to ‘howl at the moon’ from time to time (if you catch my drift!). The women that approached me wanted to know if I would be their boyfriend and/or give them money for something they called mehth. I told them no, because they didn’t have enough teeth, and frankly a man with a wolf-shirt shouldn’t settle for the first thing that comes to him.

    I arrived at Wal-mart, mounted my courtesy-scooter (walking is such a drag!) sitting side saddle so that my wolves would show. While I was browsing tube socks, I could hear aroused asthmatic breathing behind me. I turned around to see a slightly sweaty dream in sweatpants and flip-flops standing there. She told me she liked the wolves on my shirt, I told her I wanted to howl at her moon. She offered me a swig from her mountain dew, and I drove my scooter, with her shuffling along side out the door and into the rest of our lives. Thank you wolf shirt.

    Pros: Fits my girthy frame, has wolves on it, attracts women
    Cons: Only 3 wolves (could probably use a few more on the ‘guns’), cannot see wolves when sitting with arms crossed, wolves would have been better if they glowed in the dark.

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    50 Shades of Grey Ties

    May 28th, 2012

    The cover art for the bestselling novel 50 Shades of Grey features a distinctive man’s tie. I can’t seem to find an identical tie for sale online.

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