This is what I use for a home page.
I rarely use the bookmarks menu and dislike the home pages that Mozilla, Apple and Google have built into their browsers).
This page is actually the genesis of how I started
learning hacking HTML. I just opened up the (Netscape 3.x) bookmarks file in a text editor and started deleting things till I got something compact and useful. It is still possible today if you export your bookmarks as HTML.
This page is not a blog page (part of Wordpress), rather it's a static HTML page. It could be saved and changed to suit your needs, if you so desire.
The text box below is a Google search box.