There have been a lot of posts lately about why people blog, author pet peeves about bloggers and their reviews, publicity, whether blogs help sales, etc, etc. I had largely stayed out of the debate, but you know what.... I actually have something to say: Be nice to bloggers. They might not be paid to write reviews, but they still have a voice that will carry! So, if you are a 'cranky' author, you are entirely entitled to your opinion, but don't comment on a blog post. Everyone can read it, and really, that would be an example of bad publicity.
That being said, bloggers should have a good reason to be 'cranky', too. If you are going to bad mouth an author, actually have a reason to do so. There are lots of authors that I don't love that other people worship. It's all about personal preference and freedom of speech, right?
Why am I going on about this? See these two posts for much better explanations!
Once Upon a Bookshelf
a Fair Subsitute for Heaven
See, these bloggers, they have a reason for boycotting an author.
I also should point out that it is really late, so hopefully this post actually makes sense! Off to bed with me, now!