This subject has been on my mind for a very long time & I don’t know why I haven’t talked about it. Guess I forgot! Well, there was alot of talking about bloggers in Kuwait & their honesty when reviewing a product or a restaurant. So, here’s my 2 cents about the whole issue.
Yes, maybe some bloggers do exaggerate in reviewing a product or a restaurant but trust me not all of us do. Those who exaggerate can be counted with your fingers coz people in the whole world are not the same, there is the good & the bad (en kholiyat khorebat). So you can’t go & start a topic/rumor that all bloggers are liars!!!
Reviewing a product on a personal blog, it means that this review is based on a personal opinion. People are different in tastes, therefore what I like may not satisfy your taste. So, this is an advice, when reading a review post on a personal blog, note that it’s based on the person’s taste, you might share the same taste & you may not. So you can’t blame the whole review thing on the blogger. If you want to try the restaurant that this blogger spoke highly of, then put on your mind that it may not be as good as it has been reviewed.
Now, let’s talk about reviewing a restaurant. I might say about a certain dish that it’s delicious & very yummy, & when one of my readers goes & tries it, he/she doesn’t like it & I turn out to be a liar? WRONG! I might like an eggplant dish that is served with balsamic vinegar & it would be delicious but it might not appeal to your taste buds therefore, it doesn’t make me a liar, it’s called differences in food taste. But there some regular dishes let’s say like “Pink Pasta” which is very ordinary, so when I say that this certain restaurant serves a very delicious “Pink Pasta” & when you go there and find the dish very ordinary or not good then it’s either I was exaggerating or the restaurant failed to serve the dish as it is expected. Because some restaurant do fail in serving their dishes as expected.
For example CUTS, a very famous Brazilian restaurant which I like & wrote about it. Their meat is very delicious & tender. But to my surprise a month ago, the food wasn’t good at all. They only served 4 kinds of meat when they used to serve 6 or 7 kinds & the food was very very salty. Their salad bar was very regular, not as always. Now, that shows you that this restaurant didn’t keep its standards & really failed to serve quality food, therefore I won’t be visiting them in the near future. Some new restaurants struggle at first with their food recipes, one time it’s great, the 2nd it’s not. It’s either you give them time til they settle or just decide it’s not worth it.
When reviewing a product, let’s say a camera or a cooking machine. First; it’s considered a personal review. So whatever I say is based on my own personal opinion; whether i received this product as a gift or I bought it by myself, it won’t make a difference as long as people know that my blog is personal & not commercial & by commercial I mean those blogs who only post pictures & titles without a single word! I might like a camera with 16 megapixels, & write a great review about it, that it’s great & marvelous. But when you go & check it out, you may find this particular option is not good or not as expected. A cooking machine I’ve used & found very helpful, but to you it may not be. It may be messy or very slow but to me it is very helpful.
These things happen, it’s not in our hands, we cannot control them. Don’t blame bloggers. Just don’t put high expectations because taste differs from one person to another.!