If your garden blog has been hit by spam you probably resorted to locking down your comments feature to only users with a Google ID or adding comment moderation. But there's good new on the comment front. Blogger is introducing a new spam filtering system. They're integrating Gmail's spam filtering is a sign of easier comment moderation to come.
What's new? A spam filtering tab that catches spam comments and allows you to delete them from your dashboard or mark them "not spam" if they were accidentally labeled spam by the filter. These comments that the filter catches as spam are not visible to readers.
There's also a new comments "inbox" where you can moderate your comments from. Here you can mark your comments as spam or delete them or "remove content." What remove content does is allow you to remove the text.
These updates to how we manage comments will make managing our garden blogs on Blogger a bit easier and allow us to remove the hurdles we put up to block spammers. The new comments system on Blogger is being rolled out and it may take a while before these new features show up for all bloggers. Hopefully the next improvement to the commenting system on Blogger is threaded comments.
You can read more here.