For a more general overview about WordPress.com and blogging, please visit the Introduction to WordPress.com page too.
To get started, you need to sign up for an account. On the first screen, you will be asked for a username, password, and email address. You must agree to the fascinating terms of service, and also select whether you would like a blog URL such as USERNAME.wordpress.com created or if you want to setup a username-only account.
A username-only account is all you will need to be able to access our blog once you’re added.
If you choose to create a blog when you sign up, you will be able to choose the blog domain (or blog URL) on the second screen in the sign up process. You cannot change the blog URL once it is created, but you can always just setup a new blog URL on the same account later or you can customize the domain that your readers see by purchasing a domain mapping upgrade. You’ll also see options to set a blog title, language, and search engine privacy on the second screen. All of those options can be changed in the settings pages later.
After you click the Signup button, you will see a page with some additional profile settings. You can add those settings right away or you can change them any time from your profile page later. You will also see the email address you entered printed at the bottom of that page. If you notice that your email is wrong, change the address and click the Update email button.
Next, check your email for your activation link and click on the link to activate your new account. If you don’t receive the email right away, just contact support and we’ll send you the activation link again.