As you can probably tell if you are reading this, I did eventually get my blog set up. I'm using ikiwiki and git. (Ikiwiki does both wikis and blogs.) Ikiwiki seems to be a good choice for me, but what is friendly to me differs strongly from what is friendly to other people. (For example, I find macs counterintuitive. I'm an emacs user and find vi easier to use than nano.)
I've also registered blars.us and have it pointing to my rented vserver. The biggest problem I've had on the vserver is running out of memory, I'm no longer used to only having 192MB and no swap. It's running Debian Lenny, and I installed the backported ikiwiki version.
Now that I've got ikiwiki mostly working for me, maybe I'll return to blogging on a more regular basis.
I'm sure the formatting of the pages will be changing a bit in the near future. Dates and times are in UTC, not PDT.