Here's a tool that will make starting and maintaining a blog easy, even for those who have minimal technical skill--Posterous.
Posterous allows you to do everything with your blog via email. That's right, everything. You can even set up your blog by sending an email! Simply send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and you're up and running. The subject line of your email is the post title and the text of your email is the content. You can also send photos, videos files and mp3s. Posterous even has commenting, which you can also manage via email, reading and responding to comments right in your email client. Because you're using email, this also makes it incredibly easy to blog using your cell phone.
Think about the possibilities here:
- This is a perfect way to set up and maintain a one-sentence professional journal.
- Share conference sessions as they happen.
- Send photos or video of an off-site event or problem.
- Use it as your "back-up brain."
To me what's particularly exciting about Posterous is the ease of use for newbies. Just about everyone knows how to use email, so even the most technology-averse people could maintain a blog using a tool with which they are familiar and comfortable. This could be the killer app for spreading blogging to everyone.
Here's my Posterous blog. For the photo post, I simply attached the screenshot to my email and it was embedded into the blog. Incredibly simple. Definitely worth checking out.