Your awesomeness, Miss Snark, (awfulness is correct, but awesome is ok too)
The "businesslike" and "professional" question from "an occasional, if also slightly reluctant, snarkling " spawned a question in the echoing recesses of what passes for my brain, these days. It's fairly obvious that a businesslike and professional demeanor is appropriate in a business setting, or where the relationship is transactional. That's not the case here - you run your blog as you wish, which involves enlightening the willing masses and employing both a sense of humour and a needle-sharp wit. (The better to puncture egos with!)
It occurred to me that one who so completely misread the nature of the relationship between blog owner and blog reader might well do so in other arenas as well.
It then occurred to me to ask: Do you ever find yourself wanting to tell someone "I love your book, but I'd rather be hung naked by my toenails in Death Valley than have to deal personally with you," and if so, what DO you tell the unfortunate wight? Or does good writing overcome even the horrors of having to deal with the perpetually clueless?
I've never actually used the words naked, toenails and Death Valley but "upon careful consideration I regret this isn't a project I can take on" sometimes means "I'd rather tell fortunes in Central Park for cash than represent you".
And yes, it does happen. Not often, but maybe three or four times a year. On the other hand, there are people who get up close and personal communications from Miss Snark and hastily mention they've signed elsewhere. Miss Snark is not only not everyone's cup of tea, she's not even everyone's choice for gin pail du jour.
The clueless are easy to figure out but I've had some near misses with people who have some strange ideas. I've actually had prospective clients ask "how can I reach you" if I tell them I'll be away for a vacation. I've had them ask for the name of my bank. I've had them ask for names of editors I work with. All of this bodes ill for getting to "yes". If you don't agree...fine, we've saved you a lot of postage and me a lot of reading.