1) like “eve” with a “shr” in front of it, one syllable.
2) Blogspot is great for beginning, very intuitive and easy to use, no coding needed. WordPress is better if you want more control, though. And it’s far better to start with what you want to continue with ~ I switched from blogspot to wordpress after a year, and don’t recommend switching. I’m glad I did, but if I had a rewind button, I would have started with wordpress. But I never would have started blogging if it were not for the ease of the blogspot platform. This answer is not helpful at all, is it? :)