In fact, regrettably, I probably don't even need the sweet-smelling comments.
As such, I'm no longer going to have them automatically emailed to me. At the risk of having the comments section run amok I'm going to give myself a little peace and quiet. I've decided to do this rather than to shut them down completely. I know that by doing this I'm inviting a flood of (unseen by me) comments telling me it's about time I pulled the plug on that "distraction". And while I know that observation is true and appropriate, I also know that to make the argument that I've only responded to a relatively small percentage of them, and then only in my spare time, will fall on deaf ears, so I'm going to turn a deaf ear to them (;-)> by not giving them legs.
Anyone who wants or needs to get in touch with me knows how to do that. And please, if the comment section really does start to run amok, I would appreciate it if someone notifies me directly so I can clean it up, restrict it, or shut it down.