I'm using the Netlify CMS for my blog. I didn't change and lot and I think it made it easier to start with. I saw a post the other day about allowing comments using GitHub issues and I might add that to the site later. I didn't dive into reading the tutorials. I just deployed the CMS and looked through the file system to modify a few things. I'm hosting it on Netlify so I'm injecting the google analytics script through Netlify and not using the google analytics plugin.
Check out my blog (Netlify + Hugo)
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