I took a moment to write about full reviews on Lunch. I figured I might say a little bit about Micro Reviews. There's no writing lesson here. There's nothing I can say about writing a good Micro Review here.
I have to admit that I don't do the Micro Review stuff very often. I only ever wrote one. And after I turned it into a full review I took it down. I saw little need in keeping my Micro Review up when the full review was right there for someone to read.
Yet I do believe there is a place for the Micro Review. In fact, it may very well be one of Lunch's best features for the simple fact that they are short snippets which either say, "I liked it," or "I didn't like it." Where as a full review is there for the purpose of expressing and explaining your opinion, the Micro Review is there for giving your opinion without having to go into much detail. Allow me to explain.
Sometimes you see something. A movie perhaps, and you love it... but you don't know why exactly. In a full review you have to explain why. And when you write a full review people are expecting details and information. That's your job when you write a full review after all. On the other hand, Micro Reviews are fantastic for when you sometimes can't explain something. Almost all the time we encounter things we get a good feeling about... or a bad feeling, but can't explain why. I, for example, didn't like Shaun of the Dead. I don't really know why. And I can't write a full review because I just wouldn't be able to say anything. The Micro Review is perfect for a moment like this. They're short, sweet, and give a quick opinion. And you don't have to be detailed at all. Let's face it, sometimes we see things that rub us a certain way and we don't fully understand why. Sometimes you see a movie and you don't like it... but there's nothing wrong with it. You just didn't like it. In our world today we seem to think we need an excuse for everything and some of us will dig. If you can't back yourself up, there's no reason to beat yourself over the head with trying to write a full review. Just write a Micro Review instead.
If you can explain yourself then writing a full review is probably the better option. But this brings me to my next point. Sometimes you just don't want to write a full review. And sometimes writing a full review can seem intimidating when there are already 15 other reviews posted. Someone may have already taken the words right out of your mouth. Well, the Micro Review comes to the rescue once again. If you just don't want to write a full review or you're short on time and can't do so... write a Micro Review. If you can update your Twitter or Facebook status, surely you can spare 140 more charaters to post a Micro Review on Lunch. It's quick--about five seconds. Besides, if you decide you want to write a full review... your Micro Review can be a great substitute until you do so.
Lastly, there's a big thing about the Micro Review that some of us hardly think about. Sometimes people just don't want to read a full review. Sometimes people don't care for a whole lot of details. That's fine. Sometimes people just want to know... was it good? And they want to know while being spared the details. Sometimes a simple, "I loved it!" is all someone needs. They don't need a long detailed review or reasons why something worked and why it didn't. For those the Micro Review is an excellent tool.
I'm not much for Micro Reviews, but sometimes when I want a quick word for those moments when I don't have time to read a full review I'm glad they're there!
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