I first started off from xanga (http://meimeizoe.xanga.com/), copycat-ing most american bloggers then.
Then, I find that there were too many limitations on xanga that I switched back to blogger (I used to write personal journal in a separate account).
All my life, I thought, why not have my own domain since it isn't expensive, especially, if I start on a money making plan from blogging. Then again, now that there is "Born to Blog - B2B" domain and hosting sponsorship program.
It is free, with the below requirements (which is easy for most active bloggers):
1. Blog must be older than 3 months
2. Write a review on this sponsorship (I'm doing it now!)
3. Maintain 3 posts a week in the new blog
4. Place a link and banner of the sponsor
Easy as ABC. :)