What seems like a long time ago now, I discovered an open source project called Habari.
Here was this relatively small group of people, a few of whom I was already paying attention to1, building a new blogging platform. For whatever reason, it caught my attention, and I'm very glad it did. I spent hour upon hour avoiding work and learning about Habari. The more I dug into the source the more it opened my eyes to what elegant PHP looked like. The MVC pattern and some of the class patterns used in the Habari codebase are beautiful things.
As well as moving over to Habari, this place has had a long awaited face lift. I'm still ironing out and incrementally improving, but I think it's looking pretty enough to see the light of day.
Doing some reading about HTML5 convinced me I should use it already. It's not quite all there, but check it - the home page validates and everything. Now I just need to work on using some more of the new elements.