I have the commenting set up so that the first comment you post has to be approved, but after that you will be free to do your thing with no more strange rituals to decode any word verifications.
In general I should be able to get to approve them very quickly, but on occasion it may take a little while.
Also, the spam trap is set up to stop anyone who has more than 3 links in a comment–if you are legitimate and have more than that, I will hopefully catch it and approve it.
One last thing, those of you who don’t like the automatically generated avatar, you can go to gravatar.com and set it up so you have your own thing. Just FYI.
Added April 2013: I’ve been getting a bunch of email inquiries from people ostensibly in the gun industry asking me to link them or somesuch. Why they would be doing that on a blog that gets as little traffic as this one, I don’t know. Be that as it may, to separate the wheat from the chaff, I am instituting a new policy (if you want to call it that) that I’m not going to answer any of these things unless it’s for someone who has been stopping by and participating for a while, who I get to know a little bit so I’m not just pimping some John Random Seowannabe.