By now, I’m sure you are familiar with Amazon.com’s highly popular reviewing system. You can rate a book anywhere from five stars all the way down to one star.
Today, I want to say a few things about the people who are the “turd” in every writer’s punchbowl—the one star review people.
You may know some of these people. Maybe you have a book they reviewed, causing you to lose sleep and worry that what soooo many others told you was GREAT actually sucks! Maybe you’ve been shocked by ridiculous comments made about one of your all-time favorite books.
Or maybe even—and God forbid this is true—you actually ARE a one-star person! If so, you neeeeed to read this more than anyone.
Due to the fact that I know and work with a large number of writers, I’ve become accustomed to having to talk them off the ledge after they read one star reviews of their books. I’ve done this so often that I’ve actually compiled for you a list of my thoughts on one star people. This is unfiltered and straight from my notepad.
The Psychology of the One Star Mind
- 99.9% of one star reviews have absolutely nothing to do with the book itself. More than an argument, they proudly illustrate their utter lack of one, their lack of love, their lack of understanding, and their lack of knowledge.
- Their “arguments” are often based on their religious beliefs that, more than anything else, convince me that it has been a looooong time since they have cracked the pages of ANY religious text. They profess a faith that is based in love, yet their reviews display no amount of it.
- There is zero evidence that they have actually created anything that has added value to anyone else’s life. They are not an authority. They are simply taking advantage of a free platform that is free to use and open to all—the intelligent people AND the stupid people.
- They are hiding behind the curtain of the Internet and would never say any of these things to your face.
How to Prevent Yourself from Becoming a One Star Person
Remember, when you write something down, you have documented your thoughts. You have documented your thinking, or lack thereof, for all to see. You have documented your stupidity, which can and will be used against you in the court of the Internet.
Examine yourself. Make sure that whatever you are doing is being done in the name of love. Remember, you are not in the book business, the product business, the review business, the blogging business…you are in the people business.
If what you are about to write does not help others, bring joy to them, give them the ability to improve their life…keep it to yourself!
A Final Thought for all One Star People Out There
To wrap things up, here is a memo for all one star people out there:
If we, the rest of society, were to give you a rating, you would be a minus or zero star. You are non-existent in terms of helpfulness to the part of the world that lives in reality. I can only assume you are still here in order to create carbon dioxide for the plants to use.
I do not have time to continue explaining your foolishness to people who have poured their heart and soul into creating something of value, and neither does anyone else. You are simply wasting the ink on the Internet.
Stop it. Stop it. Stop it.
P.S. Please note there are NO Star Reviews below. Comments only. Think twice before documenting yourself as a ONE Star thinker.