Having a policy like requiring blog registration prior to posting comments can reduce your blog to a one-way web publishing medium.
While not as extreme as banning blog comments altogether, it can severely reduce the number of comments you receive in your posts.
Let’s face it, we already deal with a multitude of usernames and passwords, and blogs are designed to be an easy communication platform to set up, publish to and for readers to access.
By adding additional layers of registration, and requiring users to login each time they’d like to comment, you’re increasing the frustration level for your users, even if they are able to remember their passwords 99% of the time.
Sure I get more than my fair share of junk comments.
I also get comments (some from well meaning folk) which have no value and which would destroy that 5 to 10 seconds of your time if you read it. So I delete those.
It takes some time, but I’m not about to shortchange you by blanket approving every single comment that comes in.
If the blogger isn’t out to protect his or her readers interest, who is?
They say in the service industry, “the customer comes first”.
As a blogger, my mantra has always been, “the reader comes first”.
Reward your readers, and they will reward you with their loyalty.