I know there are many competing, free, blogging "platforms" that people can use, but I wanted something that could be up and running within minutes and felt intuitive to use. After watching my daughter post her blog, I chose Blogger, Google' s blogging software, hosted on their site. For the most part it has been easy to use and not intimidating at all.
To get to blogger, I went to Google's home page, and looked for the listings at the top of the page. I pressed "More."
After that I pressed the "even more" tab at the bottom. That opens up a screen with a vast array of options, including ones under Communicate, Share & Save.
Here you'll find a connection to Blogger, Google's blogging platform. When you click on Blogger you'll find a page that looks like this:
You can sign into Blogger with your free Google account, and create a blog. As you can see Google has many tools for you to use to understand how to start the blog. You can take their Quick Tour or watch a video about how Blogger works.
If you don't have a free Google account, you'll be asked to sign in to the account, create passwords, and accept Google's terms of service.
After you've filled in the form, you are ready to pick a name for your blog.
You'll be taken to a page that looks like this: