This might be controversial in a developer crowd, but I use Squarespace for my blog. It's $12 a month and I set it all up in about 15 minutes. Found a template I liked and injected a bit of custom CSS to tweak it and that was all. Hosting and a domain name are included, as well as SSL.
I made my own blog engine in the past, and I also used Jeckyll + GitHub pages. It's fiddly and requires setup time. Plugins are always almost what you want but not quite, and you always end up spending a bunch of time on the actual website and not on the content itself.
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