I’m weird. I find the footnotes more interesting than the text. But, I hate making footnotes. I ESPECIALLY hate having to give references. Yet, I love following them when someone else does this. Yeah, I’m a knowledge leech.
That’s what I love about footnotes: They’re parenthetical – and can go off into completely unexpected directions that are far more interesting than the original text.
They’re like a better peek into the author’s mind.
I guess the reason I don’t like making them – and I’m not in any situation where I *have to* make them – is that I intersperse my ‘extra thoughts’ within the text itself.
I separate them by – – and by ( ) and other means. Some people find that annoying but thankfully, nobody’s grading my work