The Great Coffee Disaster of 2011


This post is a little bit different, and I want to get your opinion on it.

A couple of days ago, I stumbled across a web site that will pay you via paypal to write reviews. Initially I wasn’t very interested, but then I realized that I could review pretty much any product. So instead of being asked to review something in which I have no knowledge or interest in, I can review … well, anything! So I decided to try it out.

As you know if you follow my posts on Facebook or Twitter, I recently experienced the Great Coffee Disaster of 2011. Meaning, my coffeepot, which I love, decided to stop working. It was a frantic few days of shopping, researching, and more shopping before I decided that the best thing out there (for my budget) was the Breville YouBrew coffeepot. I started writing a blog post about my adventure, but it was pretty busy over the holidays, so I never finished it.

So, I decided to review it on the site. I wrote it the same way I would have if I was writing it for you guys. I didn’t want a boring “This is a good coffeepot. Buy it because I said so” review. So, I tried it in story-telling mode.

And, as flattery will get you anywhere with me, when they picked my review for an Editor’s Choice, I was even more interested in how this works.

So, this is where you come in. I’m going to send you the link to the review and ask you what you think. If you have time, I’m going to ask you if you’ll leave a comment on the site (I think you can do it while being logged in with Facebook.) And then I’ll ask you this: Is it annoying to ask you to go to another site to read something that I would have typically written on here? Or is it something that interests you, in a way that you might like to sign up yourself and get paid to either write reviews or comment on them? If you find it interesting, I’ll let you know when I post more reviews. If you find it annoying, I’ll either keep it separate from the blog or perhaps place it as a sidebar – separate from the daily posts. If you’ve had experience with any sites similar to this, let me know – I’m curious if you liked them or didn’t like them, etc.

So, here’s the link. I can’t wait to hear what you think.