I design bugs blogs as standalones and also convert them into websites - either hosted or as free sites. Check my Web Design page for examples of this. If you're setting up your own blog and using a template, you may find that it doesn't look exactly how you want. I can help you customize it with some code snippets that can be placed into the existing code. You'd be surprised what a difference a few key changes and design elements can make.
You can also visit my own blogs. I have two that I'm writing for at the moment. A Journey Illustrated chronicles my journey into children's publishing as an illustrator. My illustration and web design blog mainly focuses on web design and information that helps my clients wade through technical aspects they might not be familiar with. The same information would be useful to new web designers.