It took no time at all to set up and deploy a Hugo instance to my VPS. It’s currently hosted at lukebarnard.co.uk/blog. It provides a lot of the features I was missing with journal such as support for tags and storing the post date in the metadata (“front matter”) of the blog post file.
I’ve decided see what Hugo has to offer in the way of static blog site creation.
I wanted to do this so I could focus more on creating content and less on debugging issues. I’ll most likely continue to develop other projects in React and host them alongside personal site.