For those seasoned online reviewers, do you remember the first review you posted on Yelp, Amazon, TripAdvisor, etc.? What spurred you to take the time to write the review; did you have an incredible experience or did the restaurant/product fall short of your expectations?
As more and more reviews are coming through Crytico.com, it made me reflect back to my first online review. As a lover of all things social, I hadn’t written an online review until last year, which is strange. I asked myself why I hadn’t written reviews online, because I definitely read them before heading out to a new restaurant or purchasing new headphones, etc. Did I not want the Websites to have my information? Did I not want to get spammed with a bunch of junk email? To this day, I am not sure of the reason, but the point is mute since I am now an avid online reviewer!
My first review came after a wonderful experience at a neighborhood bar & grill while I was traveling for work. I was staying in an area close to the Milwaukee airport which was littered with hotels. There was only one decent restaurant in walking distance of all these hotels, and it was okay. I went the first night and the whole crowd was travelers from the hotels in the area. I really didn’t have any complaints, except I wanted something more authentic to Milwaukee; not just a restaurant that caters to one time guests and business travelers.
On my second and last night in Milwaukee, I went online and did a search of other restaurants in the area and I found a neighborhood bar and grille that was a little over a mile away. I went onto Yelp and read the reviews and decided to check it out. The place wasn’t anything great, but it didn’t portray itself to be anything other than a neighborhood bar and grille, which is what I wanted. I sat at the bar and enjoyed the lively conversation among the customers and the football that was on tv. I ordered my food and a drink and by the time I left, I felt as if I was one of the family. The food was okay, the ambiance was so-so, but the people is what made my experience so wonderful. I felt that I would be doing my fellow travelers a disservice if I didn’t write a review on this place.
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