In between reading stories tonight, I played around some more with the forthcoming Movable Type version of my journal.
I read up on OpenID (thanks much, Nao!). It's pretty cool; the upshot is that I could configure my journal so that anyone who has a LiveJournal account and is logged into it could leave an authenticated comment on my journal by entering the URL of their LJ account. And my journal's comments section would show the LJ username and an LJ icon and a link to the LJ. Nifty.
Unfortunately, none of that works (at least at the moment) unless I set up the journal so there's a separate static HTML page for every entry. Which would mean thousands of extra HTML pages sitting around on my server, instead of generating them on the fly. No thanks.
Also, it's kind of a pain to have to enter your LJ's URL every time you want to leave a comment. And that would leave out people who don't have LJ accounts. (Though I also installed an OpenID server at kith, so I could probably provide authentication for friends; I'm a little unclear on how that works.)
So I'm not gonna use the OpenID system or any other kind of comment-authentication system, at least not for now. Instead, I've switched to leaving comments entirely open. Anyone can comment on anything and it'll show up immediately, just like in my current journal. MT 3.2 has a bunch of spamfighting stuff built in; it'll be interesting to see how well that works.
I also made some cosmetic tweaks—more space between paragraphs, better spacing of comments, a "liquid" layout for the individual-entries page (to adjust better to browser window width), etc. Go take a look, and leave me comments if you have further ideas or thoughts or suggestions or complaints. I'm particularly curious about whether it looks good on a Windows system. I suspect it looks terrible in old browsers (like NS4 in particular, which might crash). I should also look into accessibility (is it usable with a screen reader? It seems to look okay in lynx, so that's a good sign), and I should validate the XHTML code, and I should decide whether I want dates built into the URLs, and I should figure out how to get old URLs and email addresses from old comments to import/display properly.
But overall, I think it's pretty close to being ready for me to switch over. Maybe this coming weekend, maybe not.