WordPress is blogging software, and if you have to speak up…. I recommend this tool. It is easy, elegant and well-supported.
Many times a year, there are training and learning events, they seem a bit like a party, and they ARE fun! The goal is to get the community together and answer all the questions and showcase the innovations. Of course, socializing and making friends is an important component. The seminars are called WordCamps – and when you are part of this community, you can even help set up the seminars in your city. These WordCamps are international. I was looking for the closest one, and it is in Phoenix. The cost is always low, this one is $20 /day, $50 / 3 days and the community is incredible. For more information on this event: http://2013.phoenix.wordcamp.org/
There are many ways to get involved, check out volunteer jobs.