On his blog Hari KT has posted a detailed tutorial for getting a blog up and running with the 1.9 release of the Zend framework:
I have been trying to work with zendframework 1.8 and now with 1.9. I have created a simple blog application. When I say a blog application , never expect it, something like wordpress. Its a simple application which can add posts, add comments.
He uses the command-line "zf" tool to do most of the initial heavy lifting - creating the project, setting up controllers and their actions - then follows it with more specific code, changing of a few config settings and setting up the models and views. The end result is a blog that allows users to log in and and comments and posts, depending on their access level.