Honestly, I would not go out of my way to recommend WordPress to a friend because if they have an interest in blogging, they themselves would go on the internet with the intention of figuring out which blogging platform is right for them.
However, if they walked up to me and asked, “Renard, which blogging platform should I choose?” I would look them in the eye and ask, “What type of blog is it going to be? Is it going to be a personal blog or a business-related blog?”
If “A personal blog,” was their answer, I would say to them, “Go right ahead and choose any blogging platform.”
And, if they replied, “A business-related blog,” I would simply say, “Go with WordPress.org.”
After all, those are merely recommendations; my friends (or other people for that matter) are free to choose any blogging platform that resonates well with them.