Update: After some serious thought, I've decided to answer questions and comments as best I can. Please click here to see some things you can do to make it more likely I'll be able to answer what you ask!
As a note, as much as I love seeing your comments, I'm assessing whether or not I can continue to answer most of them individually in the near future. I've been keeping track of the amount of time I spend on the comments, and it's a lot. I mean a lot a lot!
I'm not kidding about how much time it takes to answer comments. I generally start writing around 11 am on Sunday, and I can take until 3 or 4 to answer comments. By then, I'm generally tired and need a break, then it's dinner, and my writing time is done for the week. This means no blog posts for the week. That's a big deal to me.
I do find it hard to get to your comments right away. I have a super busy life, and if you want an answer with more than a few lines, you generally have to wait until the weekend when I have more time and can be more thoughtful. This time is competing with time during which I could be writing blog posts and e-books, teaching, or doing more research. And in the end, maybe 5% of you come back to acknowledge that you've seen the comment, and even fewer return to share what happened to the recipes I helped you work out. It's a huge commitment of time for something it seems few people see or value.
I'll be monitoring the blog over the next month to see what I should do. If I choose not to answer comments individually, I will still answer unique or interesting ones or ones that could benefit the larger readership as a Weekend Wondering. The rest will go unanswered or they may be answered by a link to a place on the blog where you can find an answer, like the FAQ or newbie section. (I haven't really decided what I'll do because I'm hoping I don't have to make that decision...)
What can you do to keep me answering comments? Show me you're out there. Watch for me to answer by refreshing the page or by clicking the little box that sends you an e-mail when someone has posted in that thread. Say "hi" or "thanks" or "WTF, Swift?" or whatever to acknowledge that you've returned to the blog. When I say things like, "Let us know how it turned out!" come back and let us know how it turned out! Share a recipe you've made from the blog or share your modifications. In short, participate in the blog!
I get if you don't want to participate because you feel you don't have something to say. I'm sure you do, but I want to support my reticent and introverted readers by saying that you don't have to say anything if you're not comfortable doing so!
I'm part of a lot of Facebook groups and fora, and I see when you've posted here and there and the other place and that other site, so if I didn't answer your comment, it might be because you've had it answered in all those other places, and my opinion isn't required. Don't get me wrong: You don't need to post here and wait for me to answer. There are so many great sites, blogs, and groups where you can get information, and I encourage you to be part of all of them. Just don't get upset when I don't answer a question for which you've had half a dozen answers in other places.