So. After a good deal of hemming and hawing, I dip a hesitant toe into the blogosphere.
I don't speak blogese; I have no clue what a trackback is, and only a vague idea how any of this technoblog stuff works, but I guess that will sort itself out along the way. In the meantime, Blogger seems to be compensating for my ignorance quite nicely. Thanks to Simon for recommending it, along with his other helpful blogging hints.