OK, what are the first steps I need to take to start my blog?
I will be using hostgator for hosting, unless your give a reason not to. I setup my last blog using wpdirect but feel I can do better on my own with the right information.
I'm thinking of using Artisteer to create my theme, would you suggest using another program for any reason?
What as some of the critical plugins that I should consider utilizing?
What are some points I should consider before starting that would make things easier for the long haul?
If you don't feel like writing much, can you point me in the direction of some good information on do it yourself wordpress blogs for beginners.