… okay, but it would have been useful if you stated that up front (that you focus was non-CMS). It certainly wasn’t clear based on how you phrased your questions originally.
That aside, why are you looking for a non-CMS solution? Or, put differently, what’s your end game? If it’s to create an efficient, seamless blog area then there’s no reason to exclude any potential solution (CMS or not). If you simply have a lot of time and you want to play around with ideas then that’s another thing all together.
BTW converting 700 blog posts to RW pages is likely not only going to be a long process, but also a nightmare. (Could be wrong, but I would never encourage someone to go down that path.) There are all sorts of things that blog-products do that aren’t easily/automatically done by creating single stacks pages. In the end I use Armadillo not because it’s a CMS solution, but because it’s the most flexible and efficient way for me to create the kind of blog experience I want to have. And it takes advantage of much of the flexibility of Stacks. It’s not the only solution, but you definitely don’t want to be creating a 700-page inteconnected blog area (categories, tags, search, comments and much more) without a great helper product.