Recently I came across this post, https://nipunbatra.github.io/blog/2017/Jupyter-powered-blog.html, by Nibun Barta and how he generated static blog posts from his Jupyter .ipynb files. I used his notes and although I did not copy his code verbatim I did borrow from it heavily.
As for the custom CSS for the blog page I copied his script completely and only commented out a line or two. I didn't care for the large nav bar font. Otherwise it is completely his.
I followed his lead and used a Bootstrap template from Bootswatch. He used the Journal theme, I used Simplex.
I did not add disqus and don't have any plans to anytime soon. However I do have plans on eventually adding Twitter and LinkedIn icons.
Bottom line...all credit must go to Mr. Barta and his work which has allowed me to follow suit! I am very happy with the way it turned out.