In the words of Tina Fey, "What the what?!"
The good news is I'm getting much better at completely tearing down WordPress and putting it back in again. Bad news is that "better" still means 2 hours of funnin' around. For a blog that's almost entirely something lower than "hobby" on my scale of importance, yet higher than, "whim," that's a bit much.
I am considering porting the blog, old posts and comments and all, to Google's Blogger platform. We'll see how that shite goes.