as a web developer in real life, one thing i thought i would never do was to try and run a personal web site. at some point in the last 3 weeks i decided to start blog. the first place i hit was livejournal. the ui and layout was fantastic, features were fantastic...but the response time from their server(s) was/were wretched. it made me want to vomit.
i decided that i would go head and pay for web appliance space on hostnuke. its cheap, seems pretty fast, and as far as im concerned, worth the money. i bought my domain, installed postnuke, modified it pretty heavily and came up with a "look" that i wanted to use for it and started posting nothings. pretty cool, but not really a blog. it wasnt meant to be anyway.
all the people i know with blogs use livejournal. for the most part, they are all miserable with it and the response they get from the server. at some point over the coming days, i created a virtual host on hostnuke for a blogging site, and started taking a look at the major blogging packages written in php. the ones that offered multiple blogs and multiple users either worked "sort of", or did not offer blogging client support through the blogger api. this is a major disappointment. the ones that looked nice would cost me $100. the whole situation stinks.
for the time being, im using b2evolution, just because it offers most everything im looking for. im pretty sure its a bit old, and outdated (not positive). two things i dont like about it though; it just doesnt seem very intuitive, and the way you get to blogs just doesnt seem intuitive either. we need something with an intuitive layout like livejournal, that offers theme support like wordpress, and multiple users/blogs/categories like b2evolution on a single install.
just my two cents :)