I decided to use WordPress as the platform for the new version of my site because in my opinion, it is the best (free!) blogging software available at the moment. I have done several installations and customizations of WordPress in the past few months and have had a chance to integrated many plugins into themes I custom designed.
If you have some CSS, php and web-design skill, you can turn WordPress into more than just a blogging software: it can be made into a content management system, integrated with your forum and gallery.
I will be posting about my experiences with WordPress once in a while, including tips on how to customize it, my list of must-have plug-ins, my 2 cents on themes.. and maybe even the theme for this website if I get enough requests for it (hint.. hint).
So, check back often!