As I am sure many dotTechies have noticed, I have been writing less and less GOTD/Shareware reviews recently. There are multiple reasons as to why this is happening but by far the biggest reason is lack of time; I am just more busy nowadays than I have been in the past. And now I have to split my time between different sections of dotTech (freebies, freeware reviews, etc.) whereas in the past I would primarily only be doing GOTD/Shareware reviews. At one point I was thinking I will drop GOTD/Shareware reviews altogether, but have come up with an idea that I am sure most people will appreciate: Rapid Reviews.
It takes time to evaluate a software, write the good/bad about it, rate it, provide free alternatives, and give the verdicts but without a doubt the part of GOTD/Shareware reviews that takes the longest is the full review. Depending on the complexity of the program being reviewed, it can take anywhere from one to three hours to write just the full review section (on top of the time it takes to conduct the other activities I just mentioned). This is where Rapid Reviews come in.
Rapid Reviews are reviews on GOTD/Shareware software without the full review section. All software featured in Rapid Reviews are still evaluated fully and graded fairly as they have been in the past; and Rapid Reviews still has the program overview, the good and the bad, ratings, quick verdict, free alternatives, and final verdict. But, Rapid Reviews will no longer have a full review section.
The emergence of Rapid Reviews will help free up time for me and prevent the drop of GOTD/Shareware reviews altogether. Of course, Rapid Reviews are a new thing and they will be carefully monitored to see what dotTechies think about the idea: Do dotTechies like Rapid Reviews, hate them, would like to see something improved, etc. Hopefully, Rapid Reviews will be successfully merged into dotTech’s growing portfolio of techie goodness and help grow this site as opposed to hurt it.
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