Hat tip to "Ludwig":http://www.theludwigs.com, I just added recent comments to the side panel. It is something I respond to every day and it is much more convenient to see it on the blog than to read it in email as I've been doing. Not clear how new trackback pings work. I don't these are counted as comments. The numbers next to entrys are number of comments and number of trackbacks respectively in the new Recent Comments section.