The following explains the basics in starting a blog using Google's Blogger.
You need to have a Gmail account in order to create the blog, but you don't have to keep it if you don't want to. Check out this blog post for details.
Go to blogspot.com and sign into your new gmail account.
Click New Blog.
Choose your title and address (Blogger will let you know if it's already taken). If you want this blog to be connected to your author name, choose the address with that in mind. You'll want your readers or target audience to be able to find you.
This is also where you can choose your layout and design.
For our test blog today, I chose Simple. In my opinion, another name for simple could be plain. I'll go into details on how to spice things up in a later post.
Now you're ready to write your first post.
Give your post a title and then in the large box (under Compose), you can start typing what you want to say. You can even add pictures--like I'm doing below. You can change the font type, size, and color. Even upload video from your computer.
When you click the picture image, you get this box.
Choose a file from your computer. Then click Add selected. Click Preview to see if you like what it looks like and then Publish if you do. The picture below is what the actual blog will look like.
I wasn't kidding when I said this was a plain style, but some people like the simplicity. There's nothing to distract readers from what you've written in the blog post. Mess around with formatting and see what you like. Experiment. Have fun!