Very true MuffinGirl.
One look and it does seem the Blogger, Typepad, and WordPress are the easiest to use. There’s something to be said about non-Chinese blogs.
Maybe you’ve met a few Chinese people? Maybe there’s a 1 in a million that has a creative bone in their body. Not their fault, they have a history they have not yet grown out of. So far, there haven’t been too many creative Chinese. Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, some chinese painters, writers, poets, artists, Zhang Yimou. There are some who have discovered the wonder of the world or felt enough opression that they needed to dedicate their life to overcoming.
Though the west has it’s own problems. For the last few hundred years, education has kinda taken a bad turn and we don’t quite think for ourselves like we used to.
Blogger, Typepad, and WordPress are significantly more easier to use.
Blogging is very social. Using a Taiwanese site will get much more Taiwanese notice. If she wants the world to notice, an interesting, easy to use, elegant, beautifully crafted site will get attention anywhere.
By using the best blog sites ever, you can do stuff like email blogs (probably), or use real software like Ecto with OS X or Windows.
If use a Mac, there’s easier blog software like MacJournal.
If your friend has some design and tech skills, or wants to learn, she could take blog software like MovableType or WordPress and create a custom look or change it to do exactly what she wants.
Check out the Bloggies weblog awards. There are some very nice designed blogs; and some interesting reads in the Asian category.