Okay, I've finally decided to stop lying to myself. I know I'll never have the time to implement comments or RSS feeds -- or any of that other stuff you expect with a decent Weblog -- with my own handrolled Webapp.
So, I finally did it. I bit the bullet, and had another go at installing Rails so I could run this Weblog on Typo.
The issue was, of course, Rubygems. I just couldn't get the damned thing installed because it kept complaining about wanting ruby-zlib. Now, I'm sure the knee-jerk reaction from the Rubyist will be to blame Debian/Ubuntu's irritating habit of chopping up the Ruby distribution in to multiple packages. All the posts I could find said just to install the Debian package for ruby-zlib. That of course did me zero good. And since I compile my Ruby from source anyway, a missing package shouldn't have been a problem, right?
Wrong. ruby-zlib apparently is not part of the default Ruby distro. So even if you build it from source, you'll be missing one of the vital components you need to install Rubygems, which you need to install Rails, which you need to install Typo. Whew. A huge word of thanks to this guy, who clued me in to the idea of installing ruby-zlib from source. Once I got that bad boy in place, installing Rubygems, and installing Rails, and installing Typo were pretty much a snap.
All I can say is that Rails better be pretty damned cool, given what a pain in the ass it's been to install.
So, rather than reinventing the wheel here, I've finally got Typo installed. It looks like a pretty nice Weblog package, and I'm looking forward to putting it through its paces.