I've been thinking of starting a blog for quite some time now, and I must say that it was much easier than I thought. I started by buying a domain name, and luckily I have a very rare name and joaroyen.com was still available. I bought the domain from GoDaddy, used Diggnation's promotional code, and for $35.75 I have the name for five years.
Next I did a search for blogging software, and landed pretty quickly on Blogger. The main reason is that I didn't want to do my own hosting right away, and Blogger seemed to have the features that suited my needs best. In addition, Blogger has very good documentation of how you can connect your own domain to your blog.
The last thing I set up was FeedBurner so that I can track traffic to this blog (thanks to the two of you that are reading this). In addition this gives me better flexibility if I want to switch to another blogging software in the future.