If you are ready to join the blogging revolution in the new year, here are some recommended platforms. WordPress receives high marks for ease of use, and offers both free hosting and free software for those hosting their blogs elsewhere. Movable Type offers a free, personal version of their high-end blogging software to those who have hosting. But if you want a hosted Movable Type account at TypePad, there is a monthly fee. Blogger is also free, easy and includes hosting, but doesn’t have the array of sophisticated features the other platforms have.