I’ve finally figured out how to set up email notifications for my site now that I’m not using WordPress.com. If you look at the sidebar (or the bottom of the page if on mobile), there’s a form where you can put in your email address and get a notification when I put up new posts. I will not use your email address for anything else. I won’t even look at what email addresses sign up to get these messages.
You can also sign up for these emails from the comment form.
If you like using an RSS reader, I have an RSS feed you can use. I can’t even see that someone has subscribed to that, so that’s complete privacy!