Customizeable blogging options

I’m making a peronsal site network… for a blog, my portfolio, and music production. Three seprete sites under the same brand.

I’m looking for some blogging software thats easy to customize to be consistent with a design I had in mind. I know CSS/HTML but Ive been doing an ecommerce job for a while now and my PHP/MySQL skills are rusty. In previous jobs I have added custom php blog software to sites ive designed. The software was an open source blog software I cant remember the name of, from back when blogging wasnt on CNN.

I heard good things about typo and I like the web 2.0 style, I might look into Ruby and try installing it. But I might as well go with what I know, php.

MT 3.0 and Wordpress are the two I’ve been recommended.