I had a comment yesterday that the poster would comment more on my blog if I didn't have the word verification step before commenting. I didn't even know I had had it!
I agree wholeheartedly, though. It seems like a generally useless piece of technology for personal blogs (I don't get spammed, though, so maybe that's just my feeling about it!) I often times go to comment on a blog, see that I will have to do the "word captcha" and then decide not to comment. I just want to quick drop a note and move on! I will go through the process if I really want to comment, though.
Anyway, I think I have removed it! I don't want to dissuade anyone from commenting (I really, really love getting those emails that alert me someone has commented... it makes me feel so connected :)).
Have a great day, loves!