As Spring is approaching, I’m in the mood for a little bloggy house-keeping. I started adding out-of-ten ratings to my reviews a few months ago. I can waffle to my heart’s content about a book, but I believe nothing says “Yes, no, or meh” like a rating. That doesn’t mean, by the way that I don’t value the actual detail of a review as much, if not more but for me, a rating is a really useful signpost.
I’ve been thinking about changing over to a star rating out of five – partly because with a rating out of ten feels a bit granular sometimes and also because stars are pretty! After much faffing in trying to find a way of implementing stars (can’t find a way to do half-stars in HTML, and plugins don’t work in free WordPress), I have decided that the simplest way is to use an image (design found here.)
I’ll be popping my new shiny star rating at the top of my posts, so that you can get an instant feel for how much I loved it (or didn’t) before reading on. I’ll also be updating my old reviews – boring but a perfect job to do while sat in front of the telly with a nice cuppa.
If you’re a blogger, what rating method do you use and why, and if you don’t why not? As a reader of reviews, is a rating important to you?