When I write host references, I usually write about the positive character traits of my guests and how we spent time together. I try to describe something what I would like to remember about them- good memories we created together. Then (since writing references is also for future hosts) I like to mention how respectful they were. If they were clean, helpful, followed house rules, whatever I can find- I just write it down. If they did something nice for me (brought a gift/shared food with me etc) I do mention it, too- so their future hosts know they are thoughtful.
Same if I was a surfer: I want to read how was the host, how they spent time with guests and how was their home. References with such a feedback doesn’t have to be long: “XX was a terrific host. He was very cheerful and we had a lot of fun together. I especially enjoyed a hike XX took me on. His home was clean and my stay was comfortable. Would definitely stay again! Thank you for having me!”. This is a brief quality reference that everybody has time to write and read, too.
I personally enjoy writing references. Mine are long(er) and my guests always appreciate them (except those who got a negative reference of course )
This kind of reference is very nondescript. I still have no idea what type of host Jesse is I wouldn’t call it a quality reference. But I guess it’s better to get or receive this references than none!