I always feel like if I do interact, I'm no longer under the radar, and the "competitor" will check out my content and whatever I'm doing, then steal my ideas, my content, or really anything about what I'm doing. And they will work faster and harder than I am able to (since I have a full time job) and then I will fall behind, and all of my hard work will be for their benefit.
So basically I see a lot of these people as "competitors" and I'm fearful of doing anything that would get me noticed. I want to stay quiet and do my thing and not draw any attention. However at the same time I do feel like we have a similar interest and some stuff they are doing is cool or I can offer value in a comment, so in a way they are "my people" or "peers." But I can't get past the competition idea.
I hate this. Please help!