I first got into blogging in about 2001, with Blogger. Initially, it was nothing about me, but about my wife's recently diagnosed MS and how she/we were coping. Due to Blogger forgetting my passwords every so often, I got fed up with that, bought my domain, and started to code my 'blog' in HTML.
Greymatter and MT happened along, but both I have tried, and both I dislike. I continued to teach myself what I needed, and got on fine. In fact on my site there are still 2 'rants' I had about blogging tools. (I plan on adding one about why I came to WP).
Late last year, I again did a trawl of all the blogging tools, and tried all the free ones. Installed, customised, used, and eventually deleted the lot from the server. I found they got in the way of what I wanted to do. I wanted something that was easy to use, almost transparent to me in fact, yet was feature packed <i>if I wanted the features</i>. I gave up. Literally a few days later I came across WP, saw the tagline ("WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your software, not fight it. "), thought 'Yea, right, but I'll give it a go' .. and it's brilliant. It really is.
Does exactly what it says on the tin :)
Now my blog focuses not at all on my wife (that stuff is too personal for a weblog now), and has a variety of daft links, rants, general chatter about events here and there. It's nothing special, but it's my space to say what I want, and let friends keep up with my blatherings.
I have a testblog too, where I will try possible solutions to problems posted here, try hacks out, and where I will mess with code for myself just to see what happens.
HTML and CSS I think I'm okay with. PHP and mySQL are waaaay over my head :)
I also designed the http://www.abody.co.uk site, jointly admin the http://www.ukbodyart.org site, and clean up the mess that my daughter may make on her domain.