Say hello to Otto at epidemic linux for me, and thanks for sharing. You should consider using the users blog also, so more people might see your story.
First time posters have to go through a moderation wait. After your first blog is accepted and appears, subsequent ones should appear right away. It's just a way of preventing spam posts. Just be patient.
I am not connected with the approval process, re: the blogs, but I'll try to see if I can bring it to someones attention.