Okay, since I just professed my love for reading blogs, I've decided to take a look at the flip side: why blogs freak me out a bit. This will likely be shorter.
1. I feel like I'm stalking someone.
I mean, isn't it weird to feel like you "know" someone simply because you read their blog? Why am I reading stuff about someone I don't even (technically) know. That's just weird. Right? Except that I know tons of people must do it--that or some bloggers have a lot of friends. Like 100's, based on comments.
Conversely, reading a book never feels weird of freaky or stalky. Even if it's a really personal memoir. Go figure.
(I think--and perhaps this is obvious--it's the fact that you can't do all that commenting stuff.)
2. I feel like I'm wasting time.
Probably because I am. But I swear I'll only check it out really quickly!
3. What if I become some weird, out of touch with reality person? You know, because I'm ignoring real people while I check out what someone else is making their family for dinner.
...that's on the reading side. From the writing angle:
1. Umm...why am I letting complete strangers know things about me? Seriously, I'm kind of private.
2. What if I sound like a twit?
3. Self-promotion is weird and uncomfy. I'd love for someone to actually read and comment and--gasp!--follow, but, see point "2" above.
4. What if someone starts stalking me? That's why I'm totally on board with people who never name their husbands, children, or pets by name. I also try to refrain from mentioning these things: my longitude and latitude, references to eating carbs (just in case I live in the last state which still does this), where anyone in my family works (or doesn't), the weather, political ongoings, non-chain restaurants, my mother's maiden name, the name of my first pet, my porn star name, my first car, my car I drive right now, or any sort of trendy exercises I may do. You know, if I happen to exercise at all.
Wait, did I totally give it away with that carbs thing? Hmm...maybe I don't eat carbs. A little mystery is a good thing.