If you have decide to create your first blog on Blogger. It has a simple and fine interface that takes care of many things for you. This is my suggestion to you for your first free essential must haves for your blog. Here is my round up of all the software and tools I can think of that a blogger needs. Please add any I have missed in the comments.
Feed Reading Software
Traffic and Statistics Software
RSS to Email Distribution Services
Social Bookmarking Tools
Pingoat – Pinging lets dozens of blogging services know you’ve updated your site and increases traffic to your blog. Just enter your blog name and blog home page, check the blogging services you want to ping, just click ‘Submit Pings’ and in one click it pings all of them.