My take on numerical ratings
|I'm not very good at the numbers game. When I review, I find it exceptionally hard to assign a rating number.
I really wish there was an option for reviewing without rating. Numbers, to me, are very subjective, and misleading without a qualification or a set standard, determined by each author.
Secondly, ratings mean very little to me. If someone sends a 5, but doesn't bother to comment, it does not help me.
As an author, I want to know what my writing made the reader feel. I want to know what the reader thinks of it, and why. I want to know how I screwed up, and what I did right. I want a response, not a number.
When I submit a rating, I consider that a 5 should be a flawless piece, almost impossible to achieve. A three should be average. I've never given a one or a two, and would probably pass on rating something that I felt was that standard. What can the author possibly gain from a rating like that?
Also - how does one rate a draft piece? In comparison to other drafts? Or in comparison to a finished product? When is something 'finished'?
It's very confusing to me.
So, if you are stopping by one of my pieces, please, comment. Good, bad, ugly or indifferent, your response means more to me than any series or collection of numbers.
Thank you for stopping by.