Dude, why the blog?
There are lots of excellent and huge websites out there containing all sorts of top notch information about building websites and using computers. I do not claim that this is one or will ever become one. In fact, it only exists because I'm lazy and altruistic (mostly lazy).
Rather than comment on and participate in the excellent tech blogs out there, I've decided at a minimum to just dump in this blog all the mistakes I'd rather not repeat (and some clever tricks). In the past, I've saved all this stuff as text files in my "How to..." folder on my Hard Drive. That still works fine, but this blog should work just as well, and with a blog, it means all manner of other folk out there have the chance to stumble across my notes and maybe find something of use.
I looked into WordPress and TextPattern, both of which look great, but in the end I need something as easy to set up and use as possible (remember the bit about my being lazy). Hence blogger. Free, easy, and elegant. I've also looked into some clever hacks for making blogger do categories, but figure that for the moment it should work well enough just writing a category at the top of each section. That way if I want to see all my posts on tips for using R, for example, I can search my blog for "Category: R" and be happy.