On my blog, people are keen to interact as it involves municipal affairs. However, Blogger’s way of posting messages is tedious. Are there other, more easy to use tools or widgets you can recommend?
Like MUO and many other sites, I use and suggest Disqus for comments. It's easy to install and manage, plus your readers don't need to register a new account to post comments, just use their existing Facebook, Twitter, OpenID, Yahoo, or Disqus account.
I second using Disqus as well. http://disqus.com/