After several hours of tinkering, basic trial and error, and a little bit of luck I have finally set up Rocket Panda the way I want on micro.blog. My reason for the change is primarily issues with xml-rpc and other WordPress/hosting hurdles I wanted to avoid.
So I’m on micro.blog now and I’m hoping it will be for good. So far I am able to post directly to my site on Drafts 5 for iOS and MarsEdit on Mac. It’s simple, affordable, and above all stupid simple to publish.