Ready for another somewhat controversial take for this 5th Blogiversary week thing? Here it is: numbers and scores are kind of a mess of an idea. I mean, honestly tell me how that isn’t the truth. This is a thought that I’ve had for a while, but it’s been enhanced quite a bit since becoming a university english student. Especially when a lot of topics we’ve covered in class cover rhetoric and ways to read into text about something. Though, there is a reason why people use numbered ratings and list posts when creating posts. Numbers get attention. It’s true, don’t lie.
There is a reason why people look up aggregate scores on a movie or an anime they want to watch. How else could a person get an idea on whether or not something is good when something is good? What if something is 75% on rotten tomatoes or a 6.7 on my anime list for example? That means, with this logic, that whatever is being looked at is at least a decent watch right? Here is my thing, numbers mean different things to different people. A 7 from someone can mean something different for a different person. For instance, a 7 can average for some because of how school has taught people that a 70% is a C for average. Yet other people can say that a 7 is above a 5 or 50% which is the true average. That means the thing being scored a 7 is pretty solid. That’s only a minimal example of this.
Then we could talk about what a rating means too. So something is rated a 7? Why is it rated that? Well, we discussed some quick reasons for that, right? Average to above average. But why is it a 7? What are the particulars of something being called a 7. Well, this is why reviews are written, right? Supposedly? Yet, this adds some more vagueness to why the 7 is there. What can we base something off of? Art, Animation, Story, Characters, Themes, and so many other things. So all of those words characterizing this are going to be summarized by one number? By doing that, a number is like a picture where it means a thousand words, but that depends on who took it and why.
That number depends on whether or not you believe in the words of the person who wrote it and decided to give something that 7. Creating an average of scores from lot of reviewer or user numbers doesn’t make sense because of this fact. There is too much of a hit and miss factor, so I don’t think that a number can be trusted. Especially since I’ve enjoyed a lot of shows with lower ratings more than I thought I would. That basic opinion does not account for my very bizarre tastes compared to the general anime community for instance. I am not going to say my opinion is better at all, but what I prefer to watch compared to other anime in general are not the same. I think it might because I’m an older fan compared to the community in general and that’s fine. I like being alive and watching anime even if I am beyond the realm of it all.
All of this is the reason why I’ve been thinking about taking out scores from my blog posts and my anilist profile too. I do have a worded rating system instead of a number, but it’s still a vaguely formed four starred rating system. That is fine for me because a 2/4 is still average or watchable and I like being more positive than anything that I watched. I am going to keep that, but I’ve been thinking about changing it out with something and I am not sure what yet. My anilist profile is different because its 🙂 / 😐 /:( and that’s it. No numbers at all, just that and it’s interesting seeing this being translated to anime music quiz. But regardless of that, I will still have a rating system up no matter what. I just need to see if there is something that works better than what I have been doing now. Might take a bit to think about If there isn’t anything I can change to make it more me, that’s fine. At least I’ve tried even if I fail to do it.
One quick thing on lists and post like that, I don’t think that there is anything wrong with doing them. They are definitely not click bait because you are giving the reader something to look forward to and you are delivering on what the title says. There is also the fact that these are easier to write and when a blogger doesn’t have all the time in the world to write sometimes, that can be a good thing. I just don’t like writing them myself a lot of the time unless there comes a reason why I want to write one. End of year posts, end of season posts, husbando posts, waifu posts, and things like that. It’s not my preferred content to write, but I am pretty picky honestly.