I love everything about this post, from how your site looks, to how your social media corner behaves, to the journey you're sharing with us.
I enjoyed reading this blog post (from my rss reader :)) today, glad you posted here about it. I've had a similar experience where I have a vps and I thought, why not self-host a rss reader. So I installed miniflux on it and moved my rss subcriptions over from feedly. I'm only logged in on this laptop and this is a much better setup than before when I had it on my phone. I would check regularly if there was any news and once a day (max) is really plenty fine. The great thing about rss is that I don't check any of those sites as I know they will show up in my rss reader. I wish more news sites would support rss. In general would be nice with more slow media.