A personal blog doesn't need a homepage
Not a custom, special one at least. I have a very modest and humble take for you: my blog is perfect. Now, I'm not saying it's perfect from a technical stand point. Or even from a design stand point. Or even from a content perspective. It's far from perfect in that sense and it will most likely always be. I'm saying it's the perfect personal blog in terms of structure.
The homepage is the most recent post which means you don't have to figure out if I posted something new since the last time you visited and I truly believe that is how a personal blog is supposed to be. I also believe a personal site shouldn't have categories or tags but just content listed chronologically.
Your most recent post, an archive and one or two static pages for bio, contacts and that kind of stuff. That's all a personal blog really needs.