Well, not really, but I couldn't think of a better title, so bear with me. Recently I've been considering all the elements that come together to make a book (cover, title, synopsis, etc.), and I started thinking about blurbs. After all, they're everywhere.
However, I've noticed that I never really pay much attention to them. This is simply because I know whatever's put as a blurb is going to be gushing and positive, whereas a synopsis, for example, is something I can consider for myself if it's a plus or a minus.
Even in cases where authors I really enjoy blurb a book, I'm not much persuaded. Just because someone wrote a book I like doesn't mean we have the same interests and opinions about other books.
It is interesting to note, though, that if I follow an author's blog, and he or she writes a review or even a little positive note about another person's book, I find that pretty convincing. I think it's because unlike a blurb, I have the full context - I know about that author's past posts, and I have more of a full context. A blurb often feels like something rather manufactured, whereas a review in a blog is more organic.
What do you think? Do blurbs persuade you? What about call-outs in other authors' blogs?