After a thoroughly resounding scolding from My Friend Jen via alternative modes of communication, I've taken the word verification thingy off of the 'leave a comment' part of the blog.
I completely agree with her that unless your blog is being read by thousands of people, it is a useless tool and a burden, small though it may be, to people who do want to leave a comment.
I even scoffed for a few days at other blogs and such where I had to enter the mystical letters. Who are these people who think they are so important? I wondered.
Of course, being me, it took a few days for me to realize that perhaps my blog was forcing that hoop upon others. And after some poking around in the settings, I found I was correct.
So - Merry Christmas! No more Word Verification to leave a comment here!