No, I haven't been receiving nasty comments. Far from it. (Unless those anonymous comments that look like they're written in Czech are full of nasty Czech slanders and calumnies.)
I have been receiving wonderful comments, from a whole host of interesting people. I love all your comments and would like to answer them.
(There are some amazing bloggers out there. Matt MacNish is my all-time comment-responder hero, as he always seems to get back to you.)
And trust me, that means a lot.
Because it takes time to read a blog post. It takes time to comment on it. And it's gratifying knowing that your comment isn't stuck in the blog equivalent of the O'Hare taxiway in a snowstorm. It's being read, it's furthering the conversation.
Blogs are all about conversation. (And short paragraphs, if today's composition is anything to go by.)
So it pains me (just a little) when someone leaves a comment and I can't just email them right back. Because their e-mail address reads email@example.com
Sometimes I click on their profile to see if they have an e-mail address. Sometimes they do, but then Microsoft starts bugging me to open Outlook, and all my e-mail goes through Yahoo. So I end up not replying. (Well, sometimes I say something in my blog comments, but who knows if a commenter ever returns to check once they've left a comment. I mean, there are only 24 hours in a day and a lot of blogs to cover.)
So, if you'd like to hear back from me, feel free to leave your e-mail address in the comments. I promise I won't spam you. (But if you're worried about spam, e-mail me your e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to personally thank you for dropping by.