GuppY's out. Too-frequent updates, language barrier, some question about branding, uncertainty about strength and flexibility.
Joomla's out. Too difficult. Too much rigidity in templates. Overkill?
Blogger holding its own, despite its shortcomings. For "personal" effort, it will do. Plenty of learning to do elsewhere.
Textpattern building steam. Highly approachable. Textcentricity appeals.
Static is still straightforward. And familiar.
Jury's still out.