To be brutally honest, I didn’t want to spend too much time worrying about creating a site. I wanted to be able to just sit down and easily create content right from the start. WordPress gives anyone that option; which is precisely why I find it disheartening when people overcharge for services around it.
I would much rather use Jekyll or Hugo to create websites (this is how dotBunny and the PTBO Game Jam sites are powered) when I have the time. The performance and security benefits of those systems are substantial. However, for a personal blog, I’m more then OK just throwing some cash towards Automattic to handle all those problems for me.