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Writing Sex Toy Reviews Or “Messing Around On The Internet And Getting Free Sex Toys”

This is an article I wrote for KinkCraft in the past

In general, most people that I have talked to think that sex toy reviewers provide a useful service as let’s face it the number of different options when choosing a sex toy is mind blowing. So it can be very useful to read quality reviews to see both the good and bad points about a product before parting with your hard earned cash.

The two key words in that last paragraph are “quality reviews”. There’s a huge difference between a quality review and something that has been quickly thrown together telling you about a sex toy, often just regurgitating the blurb from the packaging or manufacturers website. That doesn’t do anyone any justice at all and it certainly doesn’t help a potential buyer make an informed choice.

Recently there has been a huge boom in the number of people writing sex toy reviews and some of them are very good but conversely some of them are very bad. This growth in the sector is probably due to the big misconception out there that reviewing sex toys is messing around on the internet and that it must be great to get sex toys for nothing.

This misunderstanding is really quite understandable as from the outside it looks like the perfect job – “You just get free sex toys and just spend all day masturbating”. Whilst his sounds ideal there is a lot more to it than that and a lot of it isn’t glamorous at all and actually a lot of hard work.

Yes, companies do send me products to review for “free” but they are hardly freebies. When I agree to review a product a contract is formed and I am legally bound to provide an informative review within a set timeframe. I am being paid in materials rather than cash for my opinions and writing skills. But it’s still getting sex toys for free I hear you cry.

Yes, it is “free”, but let me show you what writing a quality sex toy review entails.

I start by looking at the materials used in the sex toy to see if anything is not body safe, yes I have had to learn a bit of chemistry. I know what Parabens and Phthalates are, these are two very dodgy chemicals often used in poorer quality products.

I have a small studio set up at home and when a product arrives the first thing I do with it is photograph the toy and its packaging, this process alone can take an hour or two as once the pictures are taken I then optimise them in various pieces of software to ensure they look good.

I then study the toy on the bench noting such things as how the material reacts to lube and dust. I evaluate the instructions provided and learn how to use the toy on the bench. I make notes, lots of notes at this stage, how noisy is it, how strong are the vibrations, are they localised or throughout the toy.

The first time I use the toy I just get myself off it, no notes or anything I just want to enjoy it for what it is. During the process of writing a review I will generally use it at least ten times and each time after the first I will have a notepad and pen next to the bed and I will jot down notes both in use and afterwards whilst my thoughts are fresh in my mind. This is the main reason why my reviews usually take about three to four weeks to write.

During these sessions I am not just masturbating, I am focussing on the sensations, characteristics and various settings, it does take the fun out of it but it has to be done that way. You can’t just use a toy once and write a review on it, there are so many variables that can affect how you perceive its performance from how tired you are to what time of the month it is or if you are stressed. Using it as many times as I do allow me to average all of these things out and to get a good feel for the toy.

Luckily I am usually reviewing more than one product at a time so I can alternate toys otherwise it would soon get very boring indeed. Coffee is very good for the next part of the process, it’s essential in fact.

Next it’s on to actually writing the review, mine tend to go on a bit as I try to get as much into them as I can. Once it’s written it’s then on to selecting and inserting images pertinent to the various sections of the review, these need to be formatted and uploaded onto the websites server. I write my reviews in html so I have full control of the layout of the page that way, that was self-taught.

It’s important in reviews to state both the good and bad points about a toy or product. I know that if I don’t like something, someone else may love it and so a review has to explain why something didn’t work for me so that readers can make an informed view of the product.

Once the review is written, and uploaded onto the server I then start the process of editing the review online, reading it over and over again correcting spelling mistakes and changing it so that it flows more naturally.

I then publish the review and notify the company that provided the product so that they can see it. They have no say in how I write my reviews and so it is only at this point that they actually get to read it as well.

Then it’s on to promoting both the review and the product on social media.

This whole process takes a huge amount of time and if I was to break it down into an hourly rate it would be way, way below the national minimum wage. Yes, I get the product for free and sometimes earn a small commission if someone uses one of my affiliate links to buy a product, but it certainly isn’t a huge amount but it does cover my expenses.

I love writing reviews but unless you are one of the huge superstars of the reviewing scene it certainly isn’t a get rich quick scheme and it isn’t a full time job (for me at least). It is hard work but very rewarding when you get feedback from someone who has read a review and it has helped them make an informed choice.

So, do you think it’s a great way to get sex toys for free?

Have a go yourself

If you fancy trying blogging and sex toy reviewing for yourself then check out my advice articles for sex toy reviewers.

Want A Unique Piece Of My Art?

My old stylus and tablet have given up the ghost

I love drawing toons for my articles and reviewsI am trying to save for a new drawing set-up. I want to use a drawing monitor which will greatly help me draw my little doodles and cartoons which I love doing so much.

But, and there is always a but, I have bills to pay and mouths to feed and so saving up for one is a daydream at the moment.

Like everyone I have to prioritise my spending and my bills come first. I came up with an idea for a neat little competition to help me raise funds for the new equipment.

I will do a unique piece of art in my usual style for the winner and send a printed signed copy to them to enjoy and maybe hang on their wall.

If you enjoy my artwork and want a unique one doing for you then please consider helping me save for a drawing monitor like this one:

Drawing monitor

What's in it for me I hear you ask? Well, the first 100 donators will automoatically be entereted into a draw and the winner will receive a piece of art from me, it will be printed out in A4 size and signed by me before sending it to you as a way of my saying thanks for your support.

Go, on buy me a coffee to show your support and get an entry into the competition.

Joanne likes her coffee

Where To Find Good Reviews Of Sex Toys For Penis Owners?

Getting good advice is incredibly important

I love reviewing sex toys, and as a female sex toy reviewer, I am very lucky to have my partner, Stunt Cock on hand to help me review penis orientated sex toys. So you can find some reviews here of sex toys that he has tackled but where can you go to read informative, funny and accurate sex toy reviews just for cock owners?

A quick google brings up some good sources, and the Big Gay Review is one of my favourites, they review from a gay perspective, and it is very interesting to read what they have to say on things.

However, today I want to introduce you to another excellent source of sex toy reviews, Mens Toys Hub has a wealth of information about all sorts of different sex toy types. I am going to highlight some of the articles from there that caught my attention and hope you will have your appetite whetted with them so that you will visit and check out the rest of the reviews there.

Recording my Orgasms: How I do it and how it feels

Guest Post

Joanne's guest postsI am delighted to be able to introduce the fantastic Bianca from helenstoybox.com and the @helenstoybox twitter account. Her article was inspired by a conversation on Twitter between myself and some other bloggers (@PosyChurchgate, @Mollysdailykiss & @RomanticIsa) about videoing our own orgasm contractions to be able to watch this fantastic vision of sexual release afterwards. As Bianca is blind, she thought a post about how she does something similar would be interesting to others, and I agree with her. I was fascinated and hadn't considered recording the sounds of my orgasm, but I am certainly going to do so. Without further ado, here is Bianca's article. Check out her site for her other work.

Recording my Orgasms: How I do it and how it feels

By Helen's Toybox

I was reading a twitter thread about filming oneself masturbating, and this made me think of my equivalent. People often talk about filming themselves but so few talk about just plain audio recording without pictures. As a blind person, recordings are my photos, so I feel that a post about this is definitely in order.

Computer with audio cable inserted into socket

I am a bit of a purist. This means that when I record, I like my recordings to be either .wav or .flac if possible. I have a Zoom H1 and a pair of Senheiser binaurals, but I haven't used this set-up as much to record my orgasms yet, but I definitely want to as it's quick and easy. The recorders are relatively cheap, and you can get them on Amazon. This device can also double as a sound card on your PC or Mac. It has USB, and you can put micro SD cards into it so you can go for as long as the card will take.

What I have used so far, however, is an app on my iPhone called Audio Memos. There is a free version, but I ended up buying the paid version as it records in .wav and you can make it so the files are automatically sent to your Dropbox if you have one. I put the finished recording into a single track editor like Soundforge or Goldwave, I normalise it, and I turn it into a flac file to save space as flac stands for free lossless audio codec. So far, I haven't recorded in stereo on my phone, but I do have a Zoom IQ6, and I could record in stereo if I wanted to. It just hasn't happened yet.

If you are not as worried about having your recordings lossless, you can use the Voice Memos function on your iPhone or the Android equivalent. You will get an m4a recording which isn't bad. It's still very clear and usable for this purpose. Just make sure you check your levels so that things don't clip if you get loud. That's that distorted sound that doesn't sound very nice, sounds like the feel of sandpaper but in your ears.

OK, now that we have dealt with the technical aspect, I come to the emotional and physical part of the recording itself.

It may feel strange to hear yourself coming. You don't usually pay attention to the shape of the sounds coming out of you when you have sexy playtime. It just doesn't come into effect because the feelings are there and they take over your body and mind. But when you hear it later, wow do you really pay attention to what you sounded like and it can be a big surprise the first time or two. There's no other way to say it. You sound vulnerable. You are so used to hearing yourself as this confident person or the funny one in your family. You can also have the feeling of "those cries, screams, moans, that's not me," but it is, and it's something you will need to look in the face if you are going to record your sexy self. All of these feelings are normal, natural and perfectly reasonable.

Woman laying on the bed listening through headphonesWhen you've got used to everything, and you know what to expect, it can be fun to just sit and listen to yourself masturbating or even sharing sexy playtime with someone else. You pick up on the nuances, and you hear a side of yourself that you have perhaps never experienced before. That can be another way to spice up your sex life with your significant other/s or even a way for you to consume some ethical porn.

Speaking of ethics, there are some things you need to consider when making recordings. If it's ever about sexy playtime with someone else, make sure you get firm consent to record the other person or people and do not share the recordings unless everyone is in agreement. Recordings are like pictures. Don't use them for revenge purposes either. Sounds will make the imagination work even if you can't see the person involved. Please also tell your teenagers that it is not good to share these things while they are underage. No, it isn't pictures, but it is still sexual congress of some kind.

When all of this is taken into account, and everything is all good to go, the next step is happy recording and most importantly, enjoy yourself.

You will be surprised at how different an orgasm sound when you really listen to it

Note: This is a guest post on Joanne's Reviews blog. I am being paid for the post but only by Joanne herself. Neither Amazon, Zoom, Apple, Android or Google are paying me to mention their products.

Guest Post

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Rabbit Vibrators, How To Choose A Fantastic One

Forget diamonds being a girls best friend, give me a rabbit vibe any day of the week

No other sex toy type is as widely recognised or accepted as a norm than the humble rabbit vibe. What is it that makes this style of sex toy so popular and why are they so much fun to use?

Well, let me fill you in on a little history, this year is the 20th anniversary of the start of the US television show "Sex, and the City" and it was in 1990 in an episode called "The Turtle and the Hare" that the world was introduced to Vibratex's Rabbit Pearl.

It caused a huge commotion with conservatives horrified to see a sex toy on TV. The publicity and newly formed awareness of this new sex toy caused a massive surge in interest for sex toys and rabbit vibrators in general. And, so the worlds love affair with the rabbit vibe was born.

Rabbit vibrators, unlike standard vibes, can stimulate the clitoris as well as providing penetrative fun, and this is one of the reasons for their continued popularity.

They are so much fun because you can enjoy intense clitoral stimulation while also enjoying the feeling of being full or even stimulated internally.

The rabbit vibe has evolved continually since its humble beginnings with the Rabbit Pearl.

Modern rabbit vibrators feature intelligent programs with patterns of vibration to tease, and the myriad of rabbit vibes now available makes choosing one a bit of an uphill struggle. So here is some information to help you when selecting your perfect rabbit vibrator.

Different Vulva Shapes & Sizes

The Adrien Lastic Trigger Rabbit VibeFirstly every vulva is different, we all have differently shaped, and sized genitals and this is entirely normal.

One of the biggest complaints that I hear about rabbit vibes is "the clitoral stimulating rabbit ears don't line up with my clitoris".

This is understandable as the distance between the vagina and clitoris varies greatly so choose a rabbit vibe with a very flexible neck on the clitoral stimulator and a flexible main body.

This will make it easier to line everything up in use so that you get the maximum benefit from the sensations that a rabbit can generate.

An excellent example of this would be the Adrien Lastic Trigger Rabbit Silicone Vibrator hich has a very flexible neck that makes lining everything really easy and it is also made of body-safe silicone making it an excellent choice.

Pearls Or Plain

The Crazy Rabbit VibeWhile a flexible clitoral stimulator is a must, you next need to decide on what you want the main body of the rabbit vibrator to do. The first option that I will discuss is the rotating pearls you see on rabbit vibrators like the Crazy Rabbit Waterproof Vibrator.

These rotating pearls twist and turn around inside your vagina providing a unique stimulation not matched by any other type of sex toy. The moving beads stimulate the nerve endings in your vaginal canal and are both relaxing and a turn on at the same time.

This type of rabbit vibe tends to be the most prevalent on the market, and you can choose from a myriad of different designs, colours and materials.

The additional movement of the beads does cause a bit of noise, and so this style of rabbit vibes tend to be the noisiest.

G-Spot Pleasure

The 7th Heaven Rabbit VibeThe next type of rabbit vibe that I will talk about and these ones are my favourites are the g-spot stimulating rabbit vibes.

This type of rabbit has either an upward curved or bulbous nose on the insertable section, a second vibrator in the tip of the rabbit or both. The ones with the upwardly curved tip and a second vibrator are my all time favourites, and I can spend hours slowly pleasuring myself and edging to huge climaxes with this style of rabbit.

An excellent example of a g-spot rabbit is the 7th Heaven Platinum GSpot Vibrator.

This style of rabbit vibe provides targeted g-spot stimulation that a lot of women really enjoy. For me, the combination of deep vibrating sensations directly on my g-spot and the focused, intense clitoral stimulation does it for me, and that is why I love this style of rabbit the most.

Thrusting Rabbits

The Thrusting Rabbit VibeAnother type of rabbit vibe to consider is the thrusting rabbit. This style as its name suggests thrusts in and out of you while stimulating your clitoris.

The Remote Control Thrusting Rabbit Pearl Vibrator is an example of a thrusting style of vibrator.

It also has some other exciting features such as being waterproof (think bathtime pussy pampering sessions) and it has a remote control feature so you could even hand over the controls to a partner for some couples play.

This style of rabbit thrusts a short length, and this thrusting also stimulates your g-spot and so that can be a good choice of rabbit too.

Internet Enabled Rabbits

The OhMiBod Fuse Rabbit VibeThe internet of things has also reached rabbit vibes with some great options for long distance play. These rabbits are fantastic for anyone in a long distance relationship and they mean you can get intimate with a partner even if you are on the other side of the globe.

The Kiiroo OhMiBod Fuse Rechargeable Vibrator is one such rabbit, it can be controlled by Bluetooth through a smart-phone or tablet and can even be controlled over the internet.

I have an internet enabled rabbit vibe and love being teased by my partner with it when he is on trips abroad.

The technology in modern rabbit vibes is fantastic with new features and models coming out regularly.

Summary

The rabbit vibe has come a long way since its humble beginnings, and it is now one of the most popular styles of sex toys in the world and for good reasons.

They allow you to easily control your masturbation sessions and give fantastic stimulation to multiple areas of your genitals. I have a vast collection of sex toys, but it is often a rabbit that I will reach for when I need to give myself a quick and reliable orgasm.

This post was sponsored by the good people over at Pleasure Delights, and you can see their extensive range of rabbit vibrators that is definitely worth checking out if you are looking for your next sex toy.

I'm Attending Eroticon 2019 - But I Might Need Some Help

I'm So Looking Forward To Upping My Game

I will be attending Eroticon 2019 - decision made. I almost got there in 2018 until I had a bad fall just prior to it and I ended up in hospital for a week with bad head injuries.

Next year will be different, I will get to Eroticon to meet all of the amazing attendees. It will again take a lot of planning though as for me this will be a huge task, just getting there and getting around are issues due to my disabilities.

I will get to Eroticon 2019

I will probably need to use my wheelchair to get about and that is something that I hate. My disabilities mean that I can't spend a long time on my feet and walking can be a real issue for me and so using my wheelchair will mean I will be experiencing the all too common feeling of in some way being inferior to everyone else. I know that is a daft thing to say but just try sitting in a wheelchair and check out the looks you get when trying to talk to people.

I am determined to go though for a number of reasons and these all revolve around this blog. I'm in awe of so many amazing men and women who put their all online in their sex related blogs for the betterment of all and I hope to meet so many of them there. I also can't wait to be educated in all things sex blogging related and to network like I have never networked before in order to allow me to grow my blog and to hopefully help others enjoy their sex lives.

I also owe several people some consensual hugs

The biggest problem with attending for me as with most other bloggers will be the cost. When I factor in just the costs of the tickets, then accomodation, transportation and the cost of socialising it will mean that attending will carry a large price tag.

4000 Twitter Followers Mega Giveaway Competition

Celebrate this milestone with me by winning some kinky sextoys

I am fast approaching 4,000 followers on Twitter and thought it would be nice to be able to celebrate this milestone achievement with a fantastic giveaway.

Three amazing companies have stepped forward to help me run this giveaway competition. I am delighted to be able to offer three amazing competitions to celebrate this milestone. I would sincerely like to thank Satisfyer.com, BathmateDirect.com and Sexmachines.co.uk

That is an amazing nine prizes up for grabs, I have split them up into three seperate competitions and you are free to enter all of them if you want to, this will increase your chances of winning.

This has enabled me to offer the following incredible prizes, all of which are up for grabs for any of my readers in the UK, EU, USA & Canada.

Sexmachines.co.uk - Win a Magnum Opus hand held thrusting vibrator

This amazing prize has been provided by Sexmachines.co.uk, they are the UK's largest speciality retailer of sex and fucking machines together with all sorts of other great products. I have been very lucky to have been able to review some great machines from them including the Willy Wanka and uFuc Pro fucking machines and an amazing spanking machine.

The Magnum Opus™ by ToyJoy® is a premium thrusting vibrator with an incredible 8-centimeter (3 inch) extension ability. The sleek USB-rechargeable design offers a special ‘harmonica-style’ shaft which, during use, will thrust you into mind-blowing ecstasy.

Sexmachines.co.uk prizes for my 4k twitter followers competition

Magnum Opus hand held thrusting vibrator

BathmateDirect.com - Win a unisex grooming kit or one of four cock rings

The amazing people at Bathmate have pulled out all of the stops and supplied some great products too. Enter this competition for the chance to win a Bathmate Trim Set or one of four amazing cock rings to spice up your play time.

Bathmate are renowned for their amazing range of penis enlargers that actually do work, I have seent eh results myself as my Stunt Cock is still using his Hydromax X30 Wide Boy pump.

Bathmate prizes for my 4k twitter followers competition

Bathmate Giveaway

Satisfyer.com - Win one of three of their latest sex toys

Last but not least by any means is this competition for one of three amazing Satisfyer sex toys. I have reviewed all three and love them so why not grab this chance to try one for yourself.

The good people over at Satisfyer.com have given me a Satisfyer Pro Plus, a Satisfyer Pro G-Spot Rabbit and a Satisfyer Pro 4 Couples to give away in this competition, just let me know which one is your preference.

Satisfyer Pro prizes for my 4k twitter followers competition

Satisfyer Giveaway

Good Luck Everyone xx

Competition Rules

This competition will run from 12:00AM 15th April 2018 — 11:59PM 31st May 2018 (London).

This competition is open to the UK, US, Canada, and Europe. If in doubt about your location please contact me and I can let you know where the item can or cannot be shipped.

I am fulfilling this competition and so you will need to respond to my e-mail if you win.

You will be responsible for paying for any customs or excess costs that might occur after shipping.

After the winner is drawn you have 2 weeks to contact me and claim your prize. If you fail to do so then I’ll re-draw another winner. By entering this competition you also agree to provide me with your address, so that I may ship the item to you.

I’m not accepting giveaway accounts for this competition. I will be checking to make sure that any entrants have an account that is made up of more than giveaway retweets. Please respect this, my sponsor companies deserve better and these competitions are for my readers and not competition accounts.

I Am Reviewing The uFUC PRO v.2 Fucking machine

I have just received another fucking machine from sexmachines.co.uk

I am delighted to announce that I will be reviewing the uFUC PRO v.2 Fucking machine for my new sponsor sexmachines.co.uk

It arrived today and I have *cough* already shall we say conducted a little experiment with it. Well I'm snowed in so what is a gal to do with a brand new fucking machine?

I love the feeling of being hammered by a machine, they never tire, the never slow down, they just keep fucking like only a machine can do. The new and improved uFUC PRO v.2 looks like it is going to be a lot of fun to review. So lucky me gets another sex machine to review. Check out my sex machine reviews to see the ones that I have reviewed so far.

Now someone please pass me the lube.....

UPDATE - My review of the uFuc Pro is now live and its a cracking machine.

Willie Wanka™ mk II Fantasy Fucking Machine

I will be doing a new Fucking Machine review soon

I have been asked by sexmachines.co.uk if I would be interested in reviewing their Willie Wanka™ mk II Fantasy Fucking Machine.

I am sure that you can work out what my reply was.

I love fucking and sex machines and have reviewed several in the past so I am delighted that they have noticed my site and are interested in getting me to review for them. For anyone not in the know sexmachines.co.uk is the UK's largest retailer of fucking machines and they have been trading since 2004 supplying over 248,000 sex machines to kinksters just like me.

They carry a huge range of sex and fucking machines including the legendary Sybian and the Shockspot, both of which I have enjoyed reviewing tremendously.

I am looking forward to the arrival of the Willie Wanka™ Fucking Machine and you can rest assured that my foof will be giving it a thorough review - all in the name of kinky science of course.

UPDATE: My review of the Willie Wanka Fucking Machine is now live.

Darkside Magazine Edition 9

Fancy Sybian performance on a budget?

I am delighted to have a review published in Darkside Magazine Edition 9, and this is the third time that I have written for them.

This edition features a side by side comparison of the Motorbunny and Sybian ride on sex machines.

Check it out and enjoy the rest of the magazine, you can buy your copy from the Darkside Magazine Website.

Darside Magazine edition 9 - Sybian and Motorbunny review

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