RSS feeds make blogs easy enough to keep track of. If your web site doesn't have an RSS feed, don't plan on me keeping track of it; it's just not worth it most of the time. Every once in a while, an entry will catch my eye, and I'll leave a comment. I would almost always like to stick around for the responses. If I'm really interested, I'll keep the site open in a browser tab for a while, refreshing it every now and then. Once it's closed, I completely lose track of the conversation. It pains me to think of all the discussions where I didn't get the last word. If only more blogging tools published RSS feeds for comments... I wonder if the number of comments would go up. Then again, I'd have to pick up an additional RSS reader. I don't think Bloglines updates often enough for this sort of thing (i.e. comments have much faster and shorter lived momentum than the web sites for which it's geared). If I was a Windows user, I'd probably use Google Desktop. That's the down side of using a hosted blogging service such as Blogger (though not having to host my own server anymore more than makes up for it). Then again, that doesn't apply to me in this case because I can go in and fix it.