I have tested some plugins and found that these are the easiest to use. Furthermore, I will only mention the plugins that I use with WordPress version 2.6.3.
Contact Form 7 – When you click on the email tab, you will see a form. This form once filled and submitted will go straight to my email.
Duplicate Post Checker – Checks for duplicate posts already posted.
Homepage excerpts – Instead of seeing the whole article, you can truncate older articles. I chose to truncate all articles except the first four.
WordPress.com Stats – Allows me to see basic information such as search terms used to find my site, popular articles, etc.
WP-reCaptcha – Ensure that comment is submitted by an actual human.
Akismet – Catch spam comments from being posted.
TAC (Theme Authenticity Checker) – Checks themes for malicious code
WordPress Exploit Scanner – Checks database and other files for malicious code.
WordPress Revision Control – Keeps in check the number of revisions kept. Without this, you could end up with 100 or more revisions in the database for one post.
A huge list of compatible plugins is listed in
Choose the version that you are using. For this blog, I would chose 2.6.