Anyway, if using Windows I normally stick to XAMPP. As simple as clicking a couple of buttons, I'm sure there are pros and cons of each, however XAMPP shall do everything you would need to develop a website on (I assume this is for your blog project).
It has a full blown Apache installation, so you certainly won't run out of features and settings to tweak!
I will admit I haven't used Windows 8 yet, however looking at the features it is something I don't think I could ever get used to, especially without a touch screen computer.
From what I've read about it, it looks like it is a stripped down Windows 7 environment with a mobile OS built on top.
I should point out I'm a fan of Ubuntu Linux and therefore I am a bit prejudice towards Windows :P
However, every user to themselves. If it works for you then I won't hold it against you.
XAMPP, WAMP and LAMP are all pretty much the same things.
XAMPP is PHP5, Apache2, MySQL and a couple of other management tools, WAMP is the same but I believe it is for Windows only, and LAMP is again the same but on Linux.
Pick your flavour and then get developing! Nothing overly special about any of them, they just give you a web server to work on instead of having to upload files to a public host every time you make a change or want to test something.