I want to start off by saying that this is a topic that has been debated about a lot lately and I wanted to put in my thoughts on it as well. First off I want to say that every blogger is different, just like their blogs are different.
Now let’s talk about what a 3 rating means to me on Ali’s Bookshelf, a 3 rating on my scale means that it’s a really good book, did I absolutely love it and couldn’t put it down, no, but I did like it a lot. It doesn’t mean mediocre and it doesn’t mean that I didn’t like it. It means it didn’t blow me away. With this being said, I want you all to know that the 3 rating isn’t as scary and evil as others think it actually. I know a lot of other bloggers feel the same as me and some don’t, but this is the way I feel.
On my blog, a 3 means I liked the book but of course there were things I didn’t like. I will say that on my blog I tell author’s what I didn’t like and what I did. I explain to them why it didn’t get a higher score. I think as a blogger if we are going to rate books or anything we need to be very honest and tell why we are giving it the rating we are. I know I don’t just look at a book and say that one gets a 3 just because. I read a book and put a lot of thought into the rating I give it.
I know some authors think the 3 will be the death of their book, but I don’t really understand how that truly is a true statement. How can a 3 kill their sales? Amazon has really taken the 3 rating and crumbled it to make it look like a bad thing and I for one don’t think that’s a good thing. I think on some sites we need to put what the rating means, like I said before a 3 rating for me doesn’t mean the same as someone else’s 3 rating. So there is the main problem. Everyone’s 3 isn’t the same!
I for one am pretty tired of Authors and bloggers fighting over ratings and authors asking bloggers to take down their review just because they gave the authors book a 3 or lower. I want to say right now that is not professional and I for one try to be very professional on my blog even when it comes to ratings.
From what I’ve found authors and bloggers don’t really speak the same language either, so what I ask of authors before I even agree to read/review their books is to go over my review policy and my rating scale, then if they understand it and I like their book then I will review it.
As a blogger myself, I think we need to explain our rating scales a little better also, like I said before maybe if we tell why we gave it that rating in a polite way then maybe there wouldn’t be authors going off on bloggers. (Not saying it won’t happen, but it might lower the times it does, maybe)
So really, my take as a blogger on the topic of the 3 rating is this, each blogger is different just like most books are different. So as a blogger we need to say what the rating means, to this blogger a 3 isn’t a bad thing, it shouldn’t crush an authors sales. A 3 is a good book, it just didn’t blow me away like other books have.
I would love to hear your take on the 3 rating; do you agree or disagree with my take on it? It’s fine if you don’t, but I’d love to know why.
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