I think bloggers, like real people everywhere, are most rude to the people they most respect. It's kind of a back-handed compliment thing that goes with getting to know and like someone. It is as far from flaming as it is from the Dvorakian accusation of sycophantic stroking.
Well, that's how I see it anyway.
If any of you are feeling a bit miffed that I haven't insulted you at all, just let me know:
"I can fix that!"
- closing line from a "smart credit card" TV ad here.