It has been a long time coming to get to the nice blogs that they are today, but well worth it. I started out coding it myself with simple HTML pages for all my blogs and then started researching what platform etc. is best for blogging. I wound up sticking onto wordpress, and I'm very happy with my decision. It has never been easier to get support, ease, and a great visually aesthetic blog. To my dismay it sure did take quite a bit of tweaking and thinking to get my sites the way I want them with wordpress, though not nearly as difficult as it would have been with HTML. I have known HTML for quite some time, and PHP was something VERY new to me, and I'm very glad I ended up taking a crash course on it with wordpress. It has been fun learning all these new things I can do with my site.
Thanks for such a great open-source platform!