It depends on what you want. Livejournal, and its various clones, all focus on networking and communities. While I do not consider myself 'friend oriented', I wind up valuing it for the exact thing I didn't think I'd like. I have 1-6 people I like online, and they're on livejournal, so I keep a livejournal. It's easy to maintain and secure, and indeed, MOST content management systems are easy to maintain and secure.
If you're into maintaining your own website, including your own backend and etc,other CMSs come into play, like B2evo, Wordpress (who also offers a managed option), blogger, myspace, and etc.
I actually can't think of any that specifically 'suck', off hand, only journals and blogs that I specifically prefer to avoid. I dislike myspace, so I avoid sites based of myspace like scripts. However, I like b2evo and livejournal, so I look at those sites.
blogger is one of the simplest ones, off hand, as it's still html based, so you have a slightly less secure back end to compromise having an easier user interface.
What are you looking for?