I can't stand word verification. To be honest, my audience is quite small at the moment, so I'm not worried too worried about spam. So why put everyone through the hassle? If it gets out of hand, then I can always get back. Hopefully this will encourage more people to comment in the future. Cheers!
Here's for all the bloggers out there: if you have a blog on blogger.com you can disable word verification by going to settings, clicking on the comments tab, and unchecking the word verifcation box. Make sure to save your settings. Happy blogging.