Ok, after a week or so of work, I've rebuilt the entire blog (all 320 blog posts!) from the archives I found of the site on the Internet Archive. A few images here and there seem to have been lost, which is unfortunate, and all the past comments are gone, but the site is back. I even went through and updated all the links to use HTTPS as most sites use this these days and didn't 17 years ago when I started writing this blog.
And yes, I backed up the database and the website this time! :)