I've never done anything with PHP so woul dbe a bit apprehensive to do it.
Any suggestions? it is possible to do it in java? etc or an 'off the shelf' app?
I use one called Blosxom, it's written in Perl by Rael Dornfest at oreilly.com. He doesn't maintain it but there are a group of developers that do. It has a lot of plugs and works great. There are others also, I am sure you'll hear about them soon.
Yes I was thinking that, and was thinking there's much more control of fitting it in the style and having everything exactly as I want it but would like people to eb able to post comments on it, but I guess I could add in a formmail script for people to email their comments which could be sent to a separate email, or moderation and then submission, but that would be a lot of of posting.
I have seen that you can create a theme for WP out of static html, but that needs php and have no experience in using it.
The only blog software I've worked with to date is WordPress, which is a PHP/MySQL application. I found it pretty easy to install and update, and there are lots and lots of templates out there you can download and install to get the look you desire. And if your CSS skills are half-ways decent, it's easy to modify any such template to customize it as desired.
"Please give us a simple answer, so that we don't have to think, because if we think, we might find answers that don't fit the way we want the world to be."
~ Terry Pratchett in Nation
You can make a content management system in PHP, where all your entries are saved in an external file. Functions fwrite and fread are used.
Or you can use arrays in an external file, which is a bit more clearer.
Finally you can use a database.
Just make sure you have a form to post, which is only accessible by you, so have a password.