I'm wanting to create a blog, and I'm basically hopelessly stuck at step 1. Or, hell, step 0.1, if you will. I have no idea what blog hosting site with which to start. The initial research I turned up was strong on Bluehost, and I was just about to signup there when some more research came up with some more negative reviews, and then I came across what seemed to be the fact that on top of $5-something per month, I'd have to pay something like $12/month or so for WordPress hosting. Is that true?
I've come across some other hosting sites (HostGator, SiteGround), but all the reviews kind of run together, and it's hard to differentiate one from another. Thus, I come to your forum for some advice on where to even start.
What is the best site hosting for starting a blog?
Some facts about me to help you advise me:
1) Cost is something of an issue. I'm not struggling, but I'm not independently wealthy enough to get this off the ground without being aware of the most cost-effective options. I don't need the cheapest option on the market, but I can't splurge, either. The whole Bluehost thing with "Pay for the hosting, then pay for the blogging" thing was quite off-putting (unless I am misunderstanding that).
2) I have absolutely no web design experience. None. I am completely pre-novice in this regard. Any services that offer the most hand-holding and basic one-click options as possible are ideal. Honestly, I'd prefer a site that does everything except the actual blog writing for me.
3) My blog will tends towards pop culture and entertainment and humor writing. I'm not a parent/mommy, and I'm not someone whose going to be blogging, like, Eight Other Uses For Old Diapers or recipes or whatever. If that matters.
Okay, I'm not sure what else I might need. I am more than happy to answer any other questions that might be relevant. I'd really appreciate any advice and personal lessons hat could be offered.