I recently started a quick blog and decided to do it with a static website framework instead of the usual WordPress install. By doing so I was able to host the website entirely on amazon S3 which makes it super cheap and gives the site amazing uptime. And responsiveness.
Static content for a blog is possible now thanks to 3rd party services such as disqus which can be used where a database or dynamic content would be required.
I chose to develop the site with Hugo a brand new tool written in Go. It allows me to write content in markup with my favorite desktop text editor. Those pages of content can be saved to a git repository, and with the help of a git hook it can be deployed automatically.
There seem to be some definite benefits when php and mysql are no longer required