All the resources below are ones that I have personally used and can vouch for.
WordPress is one of, if not the best blogging software available. It is free to use and easy to setup. There is great support and documentation and can be customised as little or as much as you like. You will need your own hosting setup but this can be found relatively cheaply. Definitely the way to go.
Setting up WordPress,whilst generally straightforward, can be a stressful process for first-timers and those who are not used to setting up websites. If you want all the stress taken away then get in touch. Not only do I blog about living abroad but I am also a web developer with lots of WordPress experience. I’m also very reasonably priced and if you’ve subscribed to my blog (it’s free) then I’ll give you a 10% discount on my Wordress services.
WooThemes – Premium WordPress Templates
WooThemes are a top quality premium theme developer. They have a whole range of themes for different uses. The support is excellent and I use them for all my blogs and websites that are based on WordPress.
Navadaru WordPress Hints & Tips
Over at my web development website I also provide articles on how to use WordPress. These articles are aimed at beginners, not programmers so you will be fine!
I also do one to one tutorials over Skype or by email if you feel you need some more hands-on tuition. Visit my site or contact me for more information.