said 1 year, 2 months ago:
Of course I’m going to second what others have said here — go with a self-hosted blog on Wordpress! It really is the very best option for so many reasons. It’s the most robust platform with the most functionality and user options, there are tons of design options and opportunities for customization, great SEO benefits, and most importantly, as Diane mentioned above, it’s your piece of online real estate, that you own and control.
That said, I’ve seen some really awesome ways people are using Tumblr, and my impression is that it’s a wee bit more user friendly for the absolute beginner than a self-hosted blog on Wordpress.org. If you Google, “Wordpress versus Tumblr,” you’ll find lots of articles on this very topic, and I think alot depends on your specific needs for your blog, and what niche you’re blogging in.