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Initial post: 18 Jan 2014 10:18:49 GMT
timelord007 says:
As somebody that has suffered 3 breakdowns in there lifetime & suffers manic depression & OCD to this day due to childhood trauma & violent beatings by bullies at school due to my Mental illness.

I have found reviewing as a way of distracting my negative emotions for a few hours.

It helps to keep the dark moods at bay just for a little while.

Does anybody else find reviewing therapeutic?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 12:15:47 GMT
The Leveller says:
Hello Timelord007

Power to you for finding something to help yourself. I think anybody who likes to write or communicate with others will find reviewing theraputic as well as helping folk make a purchasing choice. Keep up the good work!

I hope you took my Cybermen joke in your other thread in the manner it was meant. Just a bit of fun :-)

keep well.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 13:29:57 GMT
From what people have said around here it's reviewing that causes them stress due to trolls and negging?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 16:54:55 GMT
sally tarbox says:
Yes, I think it makes my (otherwise probably pointless) hobby of reading feel useful, if I can share information and opinions with the world at large. Plus it makes you stop and think about what you've read, and I find I remember a book much better if I've sat and picked out quotes from it before putting it back on the shelf!
I'm sorry you had such an awful time at school and are still suffering from it. Hope this year is more positive for you.
Keep in touch!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 17:19:56 GMT
Crookedmouth says:
Nah. all that moaning - people aren't happy if they're not moaning.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2014 15:42:56 GMT
timelord007 says:
Thanks Leveller one thing i haven't lost is my sense of humour my friend, Glad you liked review.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2014 15:48:15 GMT
timelord007 says:
Thank you Sally for such kind words that means a lot.

I find writing reviews relaxs me as I'm writing something I'm passionate about which is mostly movie based or Doctor Who which i both adore.

Thanks for the kind comments.

Posted on 20 Jan 2014 09:31:12 GMT
Ghostgrey51 says:
Hi timelord007

Good for you mate! Working through the confrontations of life by doing something constructive is vital, lest we slip into dark corners.
You carry on with your reviews, for their own sake and never mind the negative votes, (there's an old blue song with the title 'Everybody is a moaning') just keep on keeping on!

I review for three purposes:
1. I read or listen to something that gets to me (good or bad) and I just have to say something about it; particularly with music.
2. I enjoy doing reviews, for their own sake.
3. Makes me concentrate into putting something in relatively concise ways.

Your post is positive and forward thinking. Like I said before 'keep on keeping on'

Best regards.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2014 11:20:38 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2014 13:39:37 GMT
timelord007 says:
Thank you ghostgrey51 your kind comments mean a lot my friend.

Any Doctor Who Fan's i reviewed The Moonbase & need your positive votes as it had 1 negative, Any constructive feedback would be appreciated.

Posted on 20 Jan 2014 23:09:33 GMT
Ghostgrey51 says:
You're welcome.

Of course the good thing about a fine solid review is that it helps folks with a genuine interest in a product to make their own judgements. There have been several times where I've read a review; the detail has been good; I've not agreed with the reviewer's enthusiasm for the product, but they were still good reviews because they helped me make an informed judgement. We can agree not to agree as it were and still appreciate the other person's work.

I won't pay much attention to the 'negs' if I were you mate; advice: check out some of the forums on this topic and you'll get the general drift of sometimes what's going on out there. There's also advice on some about how to deal with or react to 'nasty' comments.

Posted on 21 Jan 2014 00:03:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2014 00:16:23 GMT
timelord007 says:
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Posted on 24 Jan 2014 03:01:33 GMT
Your reviews are really comprehensive Timelord007, thank you for taking such time and care over them.

I noticed that a lot of the reviews of some Dr Who DVDs had attracted a lot of negative votes, even though they looked fine to me.
I've only reviewed one Dr Who book - and I didn't get negged a lot- but it has happened with a couple of other things, I have received a lot of negative votes for a review that was fine as far as I was concerned.

I was a bit puzzled and upset the first time, then I thought why should it stop me reviewing things? So I continued writing my reviews - and, like you, I enjoy writing them . I hope if you get any more negative votes you won't be as worried. Your reviews are really good.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2014 09:19:09 GMT
timelord007 says:
This post has made me vow to keep reviewing, Thanks for the nice comments on Nightmare Fair audiobook release.

Posted on 24 Jan 2014 21:52:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jan 2014 22:55:23 GMT
Ghostgrey51 says:
Hi A.I
That's the spirit!!
My own opinions with the neg votes are:
A) You might have trodden on the little toosie-wootsies of some fanboy by suggesting something which is not concurrent with their limited vision and they go all uff-wuffy. In short they don't get constructive reviews they expect adulation for their chosen product.
B) Some folk are just plain mean and troll...sorry trawl the Amazon-waves sticking in negs wherever they want. A fine example was when I started doing Vine reviews, I found I got a neg vote as soon as I put the review on...Hmm I thought, are my reviews lacking? So I checked out the product for other reviews. Guess what, all the Vine Reviewers including some way above me in rankings got the same treatment. I guess somebody wuz jealous they weren't picked for Vine reviewing (well boo-hoo)
C) From what I've read on allied forums on Amazon some folks actually sabotage another persons reviews to get higher up the ladder themselves...sad isn't?
I said to timelord007 check out some of the Amazon forums that are compiled by reviewers, you will be surprised!! (Incidentally you might note on such forums that when someone makes a constructive suggestion to stop the neg voting or criticising the motivations it attracts a flurry of 'no's to adding to the discussions, but strangely no one ever posts up an objection (and thus revealing their Amazon id)

In short we should just keep on keeping on for its own sake. Like you I like reviewing for the fun of it!!
And if it helps a few folk to make informed choices, well glad I could help.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2014 21:54:49 GMT
Ghostgrey51 says:
Hi timelord007

Yes I'll be checking out those reviews, I need help with The Batman thing.
(I set up a forum on the Comic Discussions site asking for help on where is best to start with Batman, a visit would be appreciated)

And just keep on with your reviews, and never mind the negs

Best wishes

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2014 22:03:46 GMT
Meira Eliot says:
Mental illness can be terribly isolating (and sometimes even partly caused by feelings of isolation), and it can also be a heavy blow to self-esteem. This is especially true for people traumatized by bullying and/or abuse. Reviewing gives you a chance to follow your interests even in bad times. It really helps to remember that there is still a life and a world outside the illness, and that you can still play an active part in it, even when you are not feeling your best. Haven`t done a whole lot of reviewing so far (too busy writing!), but want to get more involved in it. I am starting a new group called Write Minds. We are writers who want to raise awareness and funds for mental health charities and projects.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2014 22:51:35 GMT
Ghostgrey51 says:
Hi Charlotte
Those are wise words indeed.
Good look to your group, it sounds a most worthy project

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2014 23:44:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jan 2014 08:33:09 GMT
timelord007 says:
Can you send me a link & I'll try to help.

I reviewed many Batman Graphic novels & there some great graphic novels on audio by a company called graphic audio.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2014 09:21:11 GMT
Meira Eliot says:
Thanks for your supportive words. We are now pretty much focused on targeting isolation as an issue in its own right, affecting not only people with mental health issues, but the elderly, carers and so on. We are now in stage two, which is the "how"!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2014 13:01:10 GMT
Kerrypickle says:
May I suggest that you contact/ liase with your local community Mental Health Team. Social Services can also be helpful. I appreciate that to some that is a contradiction in terms, I was lucky in my previous existence to work with some fine colleagues from S/S.
For the elderly and carers you might want to try the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, The Alzheimers Society and your local Stroke support group if there is one.
Good luck with your project.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2014 14:23:48 GMT
sally tarbox says:
Yes, I've found that I received a massive lot of negs when I reviewed a certain cult series in a bad light! To me, a bad review isn't one you disagree with - I often come across reviews on classic novels written by students who were forced to read them and hated them. To me, if that's how they felt then their opinion is of interest and interesting to read - a bad review is one that focusses on the supplier. Or has some totally useless comment like 'I bought this for my wife and I'm sure she'll love it'.
You keep on with your reviews, Timelord007 (which are clear and helpful). Kind regards from Aylesbury!

Posted on 25 Jan 2014 16:00:16 GMT
timelord007 says:
Thank you Sally you have such a beautiful soul & those kind words of encouragement are touching.

Mental Health is a cancer of one's soul as it incapacitates a person from doing day to day tasks.

I would clean due my OCD for 12 hour's a day then fall asleep to clean again the next day, I became social a recluse & although I'm seeking treatment & my OCD reduced to cleaning to now 2 hours a day the illness is still there & can be overwhelming.

I'm making progress but i still not quite there yet but I will keep battling forward.

Posted on 25 Jan 2014 17:29:06 GMT
Kerrypickle says:
Have had another thought Charlotte. You may already know, but thought it worth mentioning, that some companies and industries give grants for "Community" projects. My late husband got some to refurbish the local church hall. He found stuff on the web, but not sure where. Im sure anyone more familiar with computers than I am could find out. Don't think it has to be just renovation. Depends on the criteria set by the companies about what they will support.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2014 09:43:58 GMT
Meira Eliot says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2014 11:00:49 GMT
Kerrypickle says:
As with all things Charlotte there are no guarantees! But its worth a punt! Anything that supports the lonely and isolated why ever they are has got to be a good thing.
Best of luck.
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