A new device has appeared in the Highrise. I have no time to write a post. Here is one I prepared earlier.
I dislike word verification which as I recently noted Pants said, they are not words, just a jumble of letters and numbers, and I dislike receiving spam comments to my blog. In a time past I spent a lot of time dealing with spam, but I did not want to turn on word verification and make it difficult for people to comment. I may have lost a couple of commenters by doing what I suggest below, which is unfortunate, but it has made life so much easier.
What you do is select 'registered users only' for who is allowed to comment on your blog. Most people have an internet id and few would not be google registered. Go to the page where there is a list of your posts, drafts, published etc and on the left side of the page are all the setting options. Go to 'Settings' at the bottom, then 'Posts and Comments' and you will see where the option is to select 'Registered Users Only' next to 'Who Can Comment'.
It was with some trepidation that I changed the setting to this a good while ago, but no kittens died and the sky did not fall down. Best of all, I still get comments.