I'm going to start a blog soon and I was hoping the kind folks here would have some recommendations on making the process as painless as possible. First off, sites. Wordpress is offering free space now right? How does their offering compare to Blogger, for instance? Are there other services I should be looking at? I don't really want to bother with hosting myself and I'm not worried about ad services just yet (once the blog is established I'll consider coming back and thinking about this). The reason I ask about services is because I'm hoping someone can recommend apps to use. I'm looking for something that's robust enough to handle some traffic, something that has RSS support, and something that's free. I'm running Leopard and would like to know if there are any nice blogging platforms for OS X that I could take a look at. I don't mind logging into say, blogger and typing posts there but it would be a lot more convenient to be able to work on posts and content offline and upload it all later. And, if there are any must-have applications for blogging and/or del.icio.us integration or whatever, that would be great to know about too!