Because of this, for the last few months I've been stalking blogs. It doesn't seem to matter how professional you are, there is no way to prevent your personality from shining through. It's impossible to misrepresent yourself over a long period of time.
What does this have to do with planting seeds? Simple: if I have this hang-up about people, it's easy to believe others might also. So, instead of only stalking, I've started commenting. This allows me to get to know the author of the blog as well as their frequent visitors, and they get to know me. As time goes by I find my reluctance to speak up waning, and along with it goes my hesitance to query that agent.
So I have a question: What blogs do you like to visit? Which agents do you recommend I stalk?