My lovely and brilliant best friend Quinn once theorized that the giving and receiving of blog comments is like a Kula Ring, where one achieves status through engaging in reciprocal exchanges of goods (comments) with an ever-expanding group of people.
The goods themselves do not have any inherent monetary value, it is the number of exchanges one engages in that raises you to a higher status in the community. She's a clever one, eh?
Ah Blogger, how I love you/hate you. You give me an exciting new autosave feature, but you disable comments randomly on new posts. The Blogger he giveth and the Blogger he taketh away.
So it's not that I don't want to hear from you...We just seem to be experiencing some technical difficulties...