If you had your house on the market and were hosting an open house, would you be meeting people at the door and making them prove they could afford to buy your home before you let them in? Or would you allow them in, let them look around, open cabinets, look in the closets and wish them a lovely day on their way out?
You want people to not only come to your blog, you want them to interact. You want them to comment. But when someone takes the time to type out a thoughtful (or funny, snide, provocative, take your pick) comment, why would you then put the onus on them to prove that they are not blog-scum by making them squint and type out a captcha - and sometimes retype (okay I usually get them wrong the first time) before you allow that precious comment to be published?
What that says to many readers is that your blog is not necessarily a friendly place. That you would inconvenience your readers rather than yourself. That you really don't care if they comment. I mean - if you feel the need to moderate, then take the responsibility on yourself and use comment moderation. A pain in the butt for sure having to approve every comment before they are displayed. But isn't that better than making all of your readers pay for some occasional visiting trolls or spamming software?
Maybe it's just me, maybe I'm captcha-challenged. But more than half the time I CAN'T MAKE OUT THE DAMN THING! Ahem. It annoys me.
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And I'm willing to bet you would get more comments if you would take that word verification off and throw it in the very back of your blog closet. You don't have to serve tea or some cookies (although how nice would that be?). But please stop making me beg to comment on your posts. Because I don't know about you - but lately if I don't get that captcha on the first try - I'm outa there, abandoned comment or no.