The website is finally up!
I kept looking at using a static site generator for the customizability. However, maintaining it would have taken too much time and most likely distracted me from getting this project up and running.
Writing posts in wordpress rather than markdown is going to take some getting used to, but I'll get it down (lot less ability to write and a lot of intermittent mouse clicks for "blocks" given the theme I chose).
I threw up 2 posts and will work on getting a few more before trying to drive traffic!