I tweaked the tags for our ratings a little bit yesterday so it made me really think about ratings. The most common ratings (judging from the tag size) on our blog are 3 and 4 stars. My rating average on Goodreads is 2.98, it’s pretty evenly spread out across 2, 3, and 4s. Here is my thought process for ratings:
1 star – I probably felt at some point I’m wasting my time.
2 stars – Eh.
3 stars – Enjoyable! I liked it with some minor qualms.
4 stars – I’m really into it!!
5 stars – I’m living for it, hearts in my eyes!
and half stars are somewhere in between those reactions! I rarely give out five stars. They’re usually books that stuck with me through years and I can re-read it constantly without getting tired of it. BASICALLY: HARRY POTTER. I remember there was some drama back because some people thought 3 stars were bad which is….weird to me. 3 stars is in the middle, it generally means the person enjoyed it but something stopped them from loving it. 3 stars means I would probably recommend the book! I’ve thought about taking ratings off the blog before because I feel like sometimes ratings can already have a preconceived notion of how the review will go. I mean, ratings are an indicator but I don’t think they’re everything. I’ve read a review before where someone rated a book 2 stars but it seemed to be a favorable review, it just depends! Ratings are subjective, some people rate based solely on gut instinct/enjoyment factor while others are more critical.
Questions for you!
1. Do you use ratings on your blog? Why or why not?
2. If yes, how do you use ratings on your blog?
3. Do you pay attention to ratings? Do you think they matter?
I’d love it if you answered because I’m really curious about this, ha.