For the past few years, this ‘ere blog has been brought to you by Amazon Web Services (AWS). I initially used their EC2 service to host a Wordpress site.
Their ‘micro’ EC2 instances were free for the first year, and then a pretty reasonable $15/month or so after that, which seems more than fair enough for your own personal Linux server, even if it’s not all that powerful.
But then I discovered Octopress, and quickly grew to really like it. Octopress generates static HTML, with comments handled off-site by Disqus, so I no longer needed a database, or PHP, or CGI, or any of the myriad other features that I used to look for in web hosts.
In fact, I didn’t even need a web server.