I chose Ghost blogging platform for it's simplicity. It doesn't do anything other than blog, unlike WordPress which includes a kitchen sink! It is small and lightweight. It's a bit new so the number of themes is a little light on the ground. I'm toying with the idea of creating my own.
To host Ghost, I have private server hosted by Digital Ocean. They are cheap ($5 a month) and so far, very very good.
If this sounds complicated to you. Feel free to get in touch. If I am not in the middle of an ocean or wrangling small children, I might be able to help in exchange for beers or a boat part!