Some time ago I decided to join the blogosphere, having read Steve McConnell's Call to Action (at the bottom of the page): "If you are actively developing software, I urge you to write about your insights. If you have worked on a project that taught you valuable lessons, share them."
Unfortunately (I thought at the time), all user-ids similar to my preferred id were already in use on the public blog hosts (although many of them seemed abandoned), so I dropped the idea again.
After my web-hoster went south last month, I quickly set up Apache to host my old home pages and noticed that those pages hadn't had a decent update for almost a decade, so I decided to ditch them and instead host the blog myself and started looking for a suitable platform.
So I started looking for blogging platforms written in Python and quickly came across a post on Daniel "PyDanny" Greenfeld's blog - Daniel had already thoroughly researched the subject and had found an interesting solution: Pelican.
Pelican creates static pages from Markdown or reStructuredText input - this eliminates the need for a database backend and even allows a very minimalistic web-server to host the pages (thereby eliminating several security risks).
As an added benefit, I can keep my input pages locally in Git.
Setting up Pelican was fairly straight-forward, as the documentation is detailed and complete - the hard part was to pick a theme among the available lot...
Pelican even sports an integrated web-server and can generate HTML output on the fly as soon as it detects that an input file was modified - this enables you to check the result of your edits practically in real time.