I have helped quite a few friends get started writing; I show them the easy part first. That’s how to set up WordPress or how to Podcast. It takes an hour to learn, maybe a few more minutes if I didn’t explain well.
The hard part comes later, after the first few posts/articles/podcasts are published. We all have 4-5 great stories in our heads. After that, we have to dig. The writing process is easier now than it ever has been in the past.