I downloaded this free ebook by Caroline Middlebrook, and it's a wonderfully helpful resource if you want to create a blog. It walks you through creating a WordPress blog on your own hosted server (which I would have done myself if I had known it was this cheap and easy). You don't need to have an actual physical machine, or a geeky nephew who understands computers, or really anything at all other than the $7 a month for the service she recommends.
The ebook is aimed at creating static sites for niche affiliate marketing, but it will work just fine for a blog, or for a simple informational site for your business or project. If you want the absolute quickest and easiest way to create a new blog or simple Web site (other than Squidoo, which is even easier but doesn't have as much flexibility), this is a great way to go.
Thanks to Caroline for putting such a useful resource together. She doesn't even ask for your email in exchange. (Which she should, but that's another story.)