If you want to build a blog, then wordpress is the best solution. At least based on my experience. Here is what benefit that wordpress could give you:
1. You can in install it in 5 minutes or less. Is that too complicated to start out on? Obviously the answer is no.
2. Thousands of free themes you can use and it's growing.
3. So many free plugins that can make your wordpress stronger. You can make it a blog, an affiliate site, forum, online store, video site, photo gallery and so on. This is for the self hosted wordpress, not wordpress.com.
4. A very large community. You can easily find the solution for your problem, just google your question and you will get the answers from the top wordpress bloggers.
Is there other places good for beginners? Well if you ask me, no.
OK, I hope that helps.