I have resisted for as long as I can stand it. I've always tried to keep the blog comments as open and easy to post as possible. For the past few months, though, the spammers and their 'bots have been working overtime. Most of the spam comments have been caught by Blogger. They do a pretty good job. About a third of the comments get through and I have to go clean them out.
Last week the number of comments I've been cleaning out have broken the hundred a day mark. I no longer wish to deal with the anger I feel from seeing them show up.
Thus it is with reluctance that I am activating word verification. Those without a Google account can still post a comment.
Please accept my apologies but I have been forced into it by evil forces beyond my control. I wanted to offer an explanation since it will be something I've never done before.
Miles and Smiles,