Hi there Danielle, welcome to the blogosphere. I heard (Frank sent me) you’re doing a thesis on blogging and looking for some people to complete the survey. As well as a blog, something else you’ll need is a public email address (I recommend Gmail) for people to contact you “offline”, as your Microsoft blog is locked down, and won’t let people without a Microsoft account create a comment, so I can’t respond to your post, except here (by the way Frank, that totally and utterly sucks, please get someone at Microsoft to fix it).
This is a flaw of any website or blogging platform, where open communication is not allowed, or technically prevented. Web 2.0 is about two-way communication, less boundaries, more conversation. If you really want people to talk to you, you’ll need to give them other tools to communicate with you, in addition to the blog you have now.
You can email me at scientaestubique AT gmail DOT com
I can pass your details on to quite a few people which fit your description, if required.