After 28 hours, I think I'm off to a pretty good start. I'm still learning the system, changing color schemes and layouts to my liking, working out the kinks in the HTML code. You'll note that I now have a counter, courtesy of Sitemeter, and a search engine, courtesy of Google. The counter works, the search engine doesn't. I think it may just be that Google hasn't indexed this website yet, so hopefully it will start working on its own in a day or two. If not, I'll have to fix it.
As for the counter, it seems okay so far. Looking at the visit statistics, I'm responsible for a plurality of the visits and the vast majority of page views (if it says rr.com, it's probably me). That's not too surprising as I've been bouncing off the website quite often as I edit and tweak it.
All in all, the blog is shaping into something I can work with, with all the tools and utilities I need to run it. In another week or two, it'll either be running smoothly or I will have abandoned the whole project. Right now, I'm thinking the former is more likely.