Not sure if you are trying to point out the blogging details here, right from obtaining a domain till the promotion that you're carrying over. Most of the bloggers does the same as what you have mentioned. But then I think you have missed some points:
- Setting up with a Google+ authorship for a blogger is more important.
- Haven't you created a sitemap for your blogger? If not, do it now to get your blogs indexed much better.
- Call to Action could be provided to engage the readers and make it easier for them to catch up with you. Say Join my mail listing, Connect with me @ (social media), Visit my office/shop, etc.
If you are after a free product (without opting for any of the plugins), Blogger will be the best option than Wordpress. But then, even for certain plugins, you'll have to pay a few to use some extras.
Hope you can try influencing the blogger by contributing a little more.