First post! (better late than never…)
Looking for an easy way to create your website? Here are a few links that helped me get started: This tweet from Mara Averick first pointed me to this excellent tutorial.
Then I mostly used the blogdown introduction and the academic theme documentation
When I had problems, it sometimes helped me to get the messages from the hugo command.
system("hugo", intern=TRUE) I had some issues because my baseurl in the config.