The thing I love about getting review copies of stuff is not that it’s free entertainment (although that helps too) that I write about (which admittedly I love doing), it’s that it makes me feel like a legitimate critic, not just some guy who has a blog and reviews stuff on it.
That’s why I’m immensely happy that I made the move to Blogcritics, where I get stuff. They also crack down on parentheses within an article (sometimes).
For the most part, unless I’ve gone after something because I know I’ll like it (see Doctor Who), the stuff that I get doesn’t really impress me that much (such as a book about Coldplay and one about AC/DC, as well as crappy horror films and stuff). There have been the occasional diamonds in the rough, but to be honest, most of what I get for free, I probably won’t recommend to others (or if I do, there will be some caveats to it).
I’ll see if I can get some sort of theme change so my blog is easier to navigate, etc.
It has allowed me to improve my writing skills and put my reviews of stuff somewhere else, so that it doesn’t clog up my blog. Before I came across Blogcritics, I was getting peeved at myself only posting reviews up there. They were fun to write and all, it’s just that people should read my blog for my opinions about other subject matters. Leave the serious stuff for the serious site.