The best thing just happened to me.
I was poking my way around the back end of my blog website, and I found a whole pile of comments awaiting moderation, which I never new existed. It felt like this:
I just thought that nobody ever commented! But I love blog comments (especially the really nice, affirming ones).
Apologies if you thought I was ignoring you. I really wasn't. I was just being oblivious.
And thanks for your comments - I really really appreciate you engaging with my work! And that applies even when you are providing a critical response, which is equally valid and in fact appreciated, because it means we are having a dialogue (if I see it, that is).
I went through and approved the comments, and even replied to some. If you get a response to a comment you make in November 2011, this is why.
Anyway, thank you. I feel most encouraged.