Best of 2011: 1-Star Reviews

As we count down to 2012 I’ll be highlighting some of my most popular content of 2011. You might remember these posts or they might be new to you. Either way, hope you enjoy.


This was originally posted in October 2011

I currently have 85 over 90 5-Star reviews for 31 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo on Amazon, so I knew it was just a matter of time before expectations got a little too high and the negative reviews started coming.

What I didn’t expect was for the reviews to get this bad.

Take this one, for instance, which is kind of all over the place.

How is this a 1-Star review again? In the first half he says that I laid it out concisely and that it should work in a “Tim Ferriss-esque way”. Oh you mean the guy who has sold a million books? Yeah, I think I can live with that comparison. Oh and he also admits that parts of it were funny. If that’s not worth 3 stars, I don’t know what is.

From there he says you’re better off learning how to ride a bike. Honestly, I agree. If you don’t know how to ride a bike yet, put down my book and take care of that. And then go compliment my book but give me only 1 star.

Then there’s Missy, who wrote this doozy.

I like how she went for the “watching paint dry” cliche right off the bat. Thanks for showing me an example of engaging writing so I know what to do next time!

Also for the record, who wouldn’t want to listen “to a drunkard at a party talk about his paper-pushing job”? Wouldn’t that be really funny? I’m taking that one as a compliment.

As for the fact that I have “some balls” for “pushing this out as a top-seller”, when did I ever call the thing a top-seller? Heck, I’m selling the thing for less than 5 bucks. Ridiculous.

Speaking of ridiculous:

Is this person for real or do I have an arch-enemy I don’t know about?

Worthless? Okay maybe. Self-help book? Nope, it’s a blog-help book. Every line a deliberate bit of marketing-speak? Are you kidding me? I have jokes about spoons and being mugged by your grandparents in there.

Here’s a question: Did Doctor Danger even read the book?

And isn’t the fact that my advice could get your grandma to blog an impressive thing? How is that a negative? Doctor Danger gets 1-star for his insults.

By the way, nothing like being called a bottom-feeder on your birthday. #WINNING!

Did the 1-Star reviews hurt my feelings? Of course they did at first.

But honestly, they were so over-the-top mean that it’s hard to take them seriously. Seems like it’s the same person trying to be negative but not doing a great job at it. Oh well…

To all who’ve enjoyed the book so far (available on Kindle, Nook, and as a PDF), thanks from the bottom of my bottom-feeding heart!