One of the things I miss about my old wordpress.com site was that I could reply directly to comments, rather than just listing a response somewhere below. I feel like conversations almost get started in the comments section and then I don't know how to reply, especially when I want to thank people for kind words of encouragement. I always click through to blogs if the commenter's name links, so sometimes I'll leave a message there or find an email address, but at that point, I feel a little weird and the conversation is rather stilted.
Has anyone worked out how to do this on blogger? I switched because it was easier for me to work with, but sometimes I wish I'd stayed with wordpress.com.
I've actually considered creating a self-hosted wordpress site, just for the sake of learning how to do it, but I haven't had the chance to do it yet and don't think I will get the time in the near future.