It took an hour once I committed to using convenient technology and services. I’m using Google Domains and Ghost to host this blog.
The annoyances were tolerable. A Ghost blog is created with 8 posts containing instructions. I deleted them one by one. I removed the social media links and existing pages. The available themes didn’t catch my eye. Atilla was free and switching to it was simply a zip download and upload. Adding a license was a copy and paste from a friend’s blog. DNS configuration was mostly waiting.