We all need feedback. Sure, the more you write, the more you understand what not to do- but the best approach to take with writing can sometimes be an elusive thing. In helping me with my Of Montreal review a couple years back, our dear Rudy pointed out that I used the word “frothy” in a hilariously incorrect way. Even MichaelJordan probably ran his anti-Circle-Takes-The Square reviews by his roommates before shit-posting them onto this site.
“Where are the jabs at the unnecessarily obtuse lyrics, MJ? Elaborate on those, man.”
Nevertheless, it’s safe to say that this is a good time of the year for constructive criticism. Hot on the heels of promotions, some of you ended up with an official title on the site (and an avatar that’s too big, just because why not,) and as a result, want to make sure your writing’s up to snuff. On the other hand, some of you may be wondering why you didn’t land the position for which you aimed- maybe you’re confident with your writing, but don’t know what’s missing. Or perhaps you simply post here because you like talking about your favorite records, and have been looking for more solidified feedback for quite some time.
The point of this blog post is to provide a place on the Sputnik review site where you can post a review in a comment below- and receive feedback fairly soon. Reminder: the forums side of this site has a Proofreading Thread that specializes in this, so when this blog inevitably dies down, feel free to put that thread to good use. I plan on making this blog something that’s done every now and then, though, to provide help to anyone that needs it- and is looking for more thorough feedback than is granted on the thread.
I’ll be providing feedback, and because I’m a hasty motherfucker I can’t say with confidence who else will be able to help out- but regardless, by leaving a comment below you’ll get a different perspective than your own. It’s easy to edit your own writing to a tee, but it’s more challenging- and rewarding- to have others give you your take on it. People interpret write-ups in different ways, so if you’d like to take this opportunity to better yourself as a writer then consider taking advantage of this. And if you’d prefer to discuss specifics out of the public eye of the Internet, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are already some great writers on this site, and I’d love to be able to help out in any way I can. So leave comments in the section below this post, and let’s get this thing rolling.