@herself I don't know of a better option than Disqus for comments, but I feel your concerns with it. HTTPS should "just work" once your domain stuff is figured out. Have you added discombobulated.co.nz to the Domains section of Blot's settings? I looked at my baty.blog DNS settings and
www.baty.blog is a CNAME (alias) pointing to
blot.im (IP 18.104.22.168).
discombobulated.co.nz is pointing to 22.214.171.124 so it looks like you need to make some DNS changes first. Clear as mud?
@herself I just show webmentions as comments, I do not like comments forms. They are prone to spams. And I eventually learn to ignore them. But I understand why a simpler commenting system would be important.
Blot supports https once domain is setup, so I use it. And on domain, do you want root to point to a different host and only a subdomin to blot? I have a similar setup, not sure if that’s what you are looking for.
@herself I don't remember having trouble authenticating but I think I used github.com as an authentication provider at webmention.io, not micro.blog. I'm not sure if you can use micro.blog or not, I'm afraid. Maybe you could add a link to discombobulated.co.nz on your Gitlab or Twitter profiles if you have accounts there.
New Microblog — $5/month
We'll create and host a microblog for you at username.micro.blog or your own domain name. Includes cross-posting, pages, themes, and publishing from the web, iOS, and Mac.
Upgrade to Microcast + Video — $10/month
All the features of a hosted microblog plus podcast and video hosting. Upload MP3s via the web or use the companion iPhone app Wavelength to record and edit your own microcast. We'll create a podcast feed for you.
Upgrade to Teams — $20/month
Great for businesses or families. Add people to your blog so that your whole team can write blog posts. Also includes podcasting and video upload.