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review the reviewed, why dontcha?
August 19, 2002, 9:22 pm

I wrote this in visaplatinum's guestbook after reading an entire mudslinging event over diaries, reviews, and diary reviewers:

I must say that I am encouraged by your recent evaluations of several review sites. As someone who has been reviewed on a few sites and who has gotten pretty damn decent reviews, I have balked at the quality of the reviews of other diaries. High points for cute things like "emoicons" and "cast lists" does not, in my opinion, a good diary make; I have even taken my own reviews with a grain of salt, knowing that perhaps because I have a stellar command of the English language and because I write in complete sentences that somehow I'm entitled to a good review. And why not? If some other diarist can get a good review for knowing the html code for putting a webcounter and emoicons on his/her page, shouldn't I get a good review for knowing the difference between "your" and "you're" or something else as arbitrary? The reason I submit my diary for review is because I'm interested to see how other people react to my writing; I want to make it better and I want to know if anyone connects with it on the level that I pretend (in my own egocentric way) exists. I would be lying if there wasn't a degree of "Hey! Look at me! I'm cool, too! I'm dramatic and emotional and I want you to love me!" attached to this enterprise (why then, would I have a PUBLIC, ONLINE diary that could be accessed by strangers as well as my closest friends?)! Diary reviews satisfy that need to be judged and conversely judge those who are judging. I would, however, delight in a review site that focused ONLY on content; I am not an html wizard, and I am forever grateful to persephone at wicked designs for my template. It's understatement lets the WORDS take center stage...and for me, that's good enough!

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