yes, i do and I get so jealous of those who have like 50 some comments every single day. It depresses me to the point I almost quit. But then I remember why I started blogging -- to update family and just have fun. So I keep on going...And I try to comment on other blogs to encourage them to comment with me, but only if I agree with what they have to say and enjoy their blog.
Yes! I love seeing what people think and what they have to say. I wish I had the time to respond to all of them - I'm constantly amazed when I get e-mailed responses back from comments that I've left on other blogs every single time I comment there. :)
I don't know that I crave comments exactly, but I sure do appreciate them as I like reaching out to people and I enjoy getting feedback (either positive or negative) about how something I wrote about affected them.
There are several techniques to getting more comments.
1) Comment or email people back and thank them for their comment, and respond to something they said personally. People, including myself for sure, like to feel heard.
2) In your post, leave your opinions a little open ended, and ask for added opinions or further discussion. A simple "What do you think" or "Do you agree?" or "Do you have anything to add?" can elicit lots of responses.
3) Focus on growing your blog bigger. As it gets bigger, you will naturally draw more comments. But remember that usually only 5-10% of all your readers will ever comment, so that is not necessarily the best indicative of how well your blog is doing. :) I get a lot of readers who do not want to put themselves out there on the internet as much, emailing me behind the scenes with questions or encouragement.