Can you use Askimet on blogger? I have a blog on WordPress and with Askimet, there is literally no spam. It catches all spam. In fact, I scan my spam folder just in case something ended up there that is not spam. I have my comments set to first time commenter must have my approval and after that, no approval is necessary. I figured if a first time commenter whose comment is reasonable will usually comment reasonably. So far in the four years that I have been blogging, it has worked and I have not had to deal with spam. If I had to deal with all the spam that comes through my blog, I would probably shut it down.Anyway, I don't know if Askimet is available for blogspot but if it is, it would allow you to not have to use word verification at all. I've never used blogspot so I am not sure if you could use Askimet.
Well, thanks for putting up with it while you did.
I wish my blog was popular enough to get 50 spam messages per day.