I've finally made the plunge into creating an independent web presence, away from the Google or employer eco systems, combining my blog (so far on blogger) with a personal portfolio. Basically making Domain of One's Own into Domain of My Own (DOMO, like it!). I am using Reclaim Hosting as host and WordPress as a platform. Reclaim Hosting grew out of Mary Washington's Domain of One's Own project and is focused on academic web presences and blogging; all the cool kids seem to be using it; it's inexpensive. I am using WordPress's 2019 theme, primarily because it's accessible and flexible, and I am getting tired of the typical top-bar/side-bar themes. I'm still tinkering with it, though, and who knows whether it won't look like a typical top-bar/side-bar theme in the end.
I'll be revising and re-upping a couple of my older blog posts and adding new content. And work on my e-portfolio. I had planned this for the summer, but as usual, more important things raised their shiny new heads, and here we are!
Update, December 14, 2019:
After plenty of tinkering, I've abandoned the Twenty Nineteen theme for the older Twenty Fifteen. It's accessibility ready as well, and I find the layout—text sizes, fonts, images, and all—to be much more directly to my liking, without many adjustments. I particularly like that images do not dominate the screen as much as in Twenty Nineteen, at least out of the box. And for now I don't have enough time to build a new box.