layout: I like the background picture and how the entries are lined up along the side. Good.
entries: What? new journal? Well, I'll go ahead and rate these entries since I see you're new journal is friends only... I like your entries. They are thoughtful and say a lot about you. Good.
icons: Great! I'm not a big anime fan, but I like the other two icons a lot, especially that they include your user name.
user info: Although poetic and beautiful, there's not really a lot of information about you in there...
Your grade is: B. Good journal, but the user info needs some more personal details about you.
layout: Great! I like the fire borders with the black. Nice comment links as well.
entries: Good, but all of the crossed out things distracted me...
icons: Okay. Good that you made the most of your space.
user info: Good. There is a lot of information there about you.
Your grade is: B- I love the layout, but the entries and the icons could use a little work.
layout: I'm not impressed. Quite dark and nothing interesting happening.
entries: Damn friend-locks!
icons: If memory serves me correctly, free lj users are allowed three icons. Make the most of your space.
user info: Um... yeah.
Your grade is: Unratable. No entries/bio to read.
layout: Okay. It's quite bright and white, but I do like the comment link text.
entries: Good. I like the use of pictures to help tell what's going on with you.
icons: Okay. I like the far side one, but what's with the wOOt thing?
user info: Great! There's a lot of stuff on there, and I especially like your rules for posting anonymously.
Your grade is: B. The icons and layout could use a little work, but for the most part, your journal was pretty good.
layout: Good. I like the color scheme and the background picture.
entries: Bad when I cannot read entries!
icons: Not a huge Britney fan, but I like the smile icon a lot. Good.
user info: Not good. There is no information about you.
Your grade is: Unratable. I'm fed up with people not unlocking journal entries...
layout: Awesome! I like the background color/texture and the pictures of candles that accompany the lovely comment links.
entries: I'm glad that you are keeping yourself and your journal readers up to date on what is going on in our country. Good.
icons: Wow! So many! I like the cell block tango and the mine? (my boyfriend and I went around saying that to each other for a few days after we saw "Finding Nemo")
user info: Great! You've pretty much covered all of the basic things that anyone might want to ask you.
Your grade is: A! This is a fabulous journal. And I don't even mind the component style... =)
layout: Great! Love the dots around the boxes and the black and pink.
entries: Good. I like that you talk about multiple things that are going on.
icons: Great! You've made the most of your icon limit and I love the dog on the bun!
user info: Not good. Even though I like quote usage, I'd like to know some about you, too.
Your grade is: A-. Your lack of user info was made up for with the awesome layout and icons.
layout: Good. I like the color scheme and the several pictures...
entries: ...however, I cannot read your journal because it is locked. Bad.
icons: Where are you icons?? Bad.
user info: No bio information, and couldn't not read the text that was there. Bad.
Your journal grade: You get a "U" for "Unratable" becaue I couldn't read entries, see icons, and there was no user info. Try again later.
Well, folks, as you can see, Honey Bear and I have just let the journals pile up! And finals are next week! So I'm going to take over by myself for a bit and try to get some of these journals knocked off of the list. A minor change will occur in how I grade, just to get things going a little faster and to make you all happier. I will grade in all four categories, and I will say whether or not I liked each one overall and give one reason (good or bad) that made the decision. Then I will give you an overall journal grade based on those categories. Much like how it was before, only it will eliminate most of the writing. And as always, if you have questions or comments, feel free to let us know in a comment.
Hello again Gothamgirl! I noticed that your layout and such has changed since last I looked at your good old lj, so I'm going to go with what I see now. And yes, I am rating because my good friend Honey Bear is way too busy to be hassled with rating journals at the moment. So I'm gonna play catch up.
Layout: Love it love it! It is so colorful, and I love the Corona bottles. Even though your journal is STILL friends only, I like the Friends Only bottle picture. Good use of overrides with the pictures and text. Nice job.
User Info: I like the amount of content, but I don't like all the black space. It could be because I'm on a mac at the moment, but it seems like there is a very, very long black bar running down the info page. Good info, though.
And your grade?
Well, I am going to have to dock you some serious points because of not being able to read your journal entries. Automatically, this should give you a grade of "U," but since I liked most everything else, I am going to go ahead and give you a grade. Honey Bear and I have decided that your journal gets a grade of C-, both because of not being able to read the journal and the user info could use a little work.