When Blogger was struggling a few weeks ago, Wordpress was recommended as an alternative for the serious blogger.
It made an impression.
Notes From The Exile: "I hate to castigate Blogger, especially since I am using their platform to write this entry, but the features of Wordpress and benefits of not sharing the server are wonderful. If you have any PHP/MySQL experience I recommend giving it a try. I might even purchase some basic hosting from Brinkster and get an official URL, because you can host more that one blog on the same server as well."