Random Thoughts: Blog review scoring is hard


Nezuko is not amused

I get the feeling that this is going to be false advertising, so I apologize in advance. Adding scores to reviews isn't exactly a novel thing, but I've always done it for a reason. It's nothing special. I just like having a rough gauge for how I felt about a show at a particular point in time. This is why I don't go crazy with 100-point scales or letter grades, since I'm not looking for any kind of specificity.

Kei searches a crowd

I'm actually kind of curious how many people have some formal rubric for reviewing a show. I'm not necessarily knocking it. As a disorganized wreck, I can understand reaching for anything to keep me slightly in line. To be honest, I just think I would be nervous about holding myself to that level of consistency. I would hope that my opinions have changed drastically over the years, so I would hate to hold my past self to my current standards.

About to do something bad

I think that's one of the fun things about having a blog and writing about what you enjoy. When you look back, you can see what's changed and what's stayed constant. As a result, I feel like I have a better sense of what's important to me and where my strengths are. Scoring helps to quantify what shows I preferred watching over others, but there are definitely some shows that I've rated as 6 or 7 that I would watch again and again.

Hana apologizes for the insult

In the end, I think that tastes are such a fluid thing that keeping scores consistent across everything is just a hassle. Maybe I'm just stating the obvious, but this is ultimately the reason that I don't put as much stock into scores. However, I do find some use in my old anime scores, so I consequently find use in the scores of others.

Demon lord wants some real words

I know it's easy to dump on MAL scores and the like, but I think they're ultimately a comparative scale. There's no reason for the score to be absolute, but it can help put things into perspective. Where do I differ from the curve and where do I agree? But that's how I see things. I'd be curious to see what you think, so let me know!



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