The forums here are great, so don't be afriad of asking.
If you find the effort/ease/reaward ratio of using wordpress.org (self hosted and managed software platform) not to be to your liking, nothing is wrong with that!!!
I would suggest you try wordpress.com, or something like livejournal ..that is a solution where someone else does the 'work' part.
To be honest, after a ton of research and reading I found wordpress (self hosted) to be easy to work with. If you want to manage your own installation, I personally dont think you will find anything easier or better, but thats just my opinon.
Best of luck to you and good luck!!!