Since, I’ve been writing this blog I’ve tried to make it clear that I welcome any comments, criticism, etc. For that reason I’ve opted to include a rating bar at the top of each post I publish. Having a rating bar may be nothing more than setting myself up to be disappointed, but I honestly like to know what people think if they feel so inclined to make me aware. However, I do have a disclaimer; if you do not like a particular post-which wouldn’t come as a shock-and you feel the need to give it a poor rating, I would like to know why. It seems that a person, or persons, has been giving my posts “one star” ratings. My recent posts of the past few months may not be top flight material, I admit, but this person, or persons, has seen fit to also do the same for many posts from my archives, most of which are fairly innocuous.
Here again, I have no problem with a “one star” review, not in the least. In fact, from certain sources I consider a poor review a victory. But I do believe that leaving poor reviews without any explanation basically destroys the whole reviewing process and gives it little or no credibility. Remember, I’m not a professional blog writer. A poor review does not hurt me financially. I don’t sell tools, t-shirts, books, or woodworking plans on this website. The only thing I have to offer is my time and my thoughts. And while I’m on the subject, being that I’m not a professional woodworking writer, I don’t take offense to poor reviews or a critical comment. If you leave a critical comment here because you don’t happen to agree with my opinion, I happened to offend your opinion, or maybe you just hated the post, you will get a civil response from me. Don’t get me wrong, I will defend myself and my position, and try to offer an explanation, but I will not insult you, or deride your opinions. I’m not a pussy, I don’t believe in insulting people on the internet and would rather leave the insults to the professional woodworking writers whose opinions are so much more valuable than mine because they seem to take a real joy in it.
So the bottom line is: hate away, I honestly welcome the feedback. But if you do hate something I’ve written to the point that you decided to vote on it, I would appreciate it if you would take the time and let me know why.