If what you're trying to get is the number of results returned from the view then your best bet might be to call views_get_view_result():
$result = views_get_view_result($name, $display_id);
$num_blogposts = count($result);
However, if that's what you're trying to achieve then it might be better from a performance point of view to bypass views entirely and get the count with an EntityFieldQuery.
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You could override the various templates that make up the view, removing any unnecessary markup from each.
To do this, Click on "Theme: Information" in the "Advanced" section of the view edit page (bottom right) and you'll see a list of templates used. Click each one in turn and create a new file in your theme folder and copy in the contents before removing any unnecessary markup.
What you name the file is important, back on the list of templates, note that each one has a large number of filename suggestions, ranging from very generic to very specific. Choose the name with the the most appropriate degree of specificity and name your file that. note that for example calling your Display Output template file "views-view.tpl.php" will mean that your override will have effect on every single view across your site, so a more specific filename should lock it down to a specific view/display/etc.
Once you've done this, you'll need to flush the theme registry cache before you'll see the change. The easiest way to do that is by clicking "Rescan template files" at the bottom of the theme information dialogue.
Finally note that these updates won't change what you see in the views preview unless you also make these changes for the admin theme.
note that if you are also rendering the view normally (in addition to the views_embed_view) where you want to see the original markup then you should probably use a new display of the view for this and make sure your template names only target the correct display.