https://austincooper.dev was started as a way to help me write down interesting things I've learned.
Recently, one of my articles written about using Vue.Observable as a lighterweight alternative to Vuex took off on Dev.to and Google. I was getting a decent amount of traffic (at least relative to the usual of none). The article is here if you're at all interested: https://austincooper.dev/2019/08/09/vue-observable-state-store/
I also realized that I had about 30 people who signed up to my mailing list on the site (to be notified about new posts). I never set up a welcome message to be automatically sent to new subscribers via MailChimp, so I scrambled to get that set up.
I hadn't set up email hosting for austincooper.dev yet, so I had to figure out something cheap to use. I didn't want to pay monthly for a whole bunch of features like G-Suite or Office365. Google searches pointed me to many Reddit posts of people recommending MXRoute. That looked simple enough and there was even a coupon code for 50% off. That brought the total monthly cost to about $1.67 or $20 for the year. Setting up MXRoute was really simple as well, so I'd definitely recommend it even at full price.
Now a few days later, I get an email letting me know that article is being featured in a popular Vue newsletter called "Vue.js Developers Newsletter" by vuejsdevelopers.com. Even better, my article is the first one in the list!
This is all very interesting to me, as I feel like I just got lucky. I suppose time will tell whether I'll be able to have more success with future articles or not.