You don't necessarily need anyone to take you by the hand.... Most bloggers (like me) taught themselves how to blog, and have made their own layout. All you really need to do is ask questions on forums such as these and people will help you figure out how to best solve your problem.
It only seems daunting because SO MANY people are doing it now. Its hard not to feel alittle lost. I just wrote my 10th blog, so I'm starting out as well, but I understand the process. Just write the blogs, if you write good people will notice. Then join the community, read blogs, make comments, join the forum chats. Slowly your readership will grow, and the templates you can just work with along the way.