I have a linux machine at home that does several things for me. It’s a web server, NAS, plex server, FTP, etc. It just sits in the laundry room out of the way with no keyboard & monitor, because I can manage everything through putty from my main PC.
I built the machine from old parts when I upgraded my PC, so the cost of hardware was very low, but I have 3x 8tb and 3x 10tb drives in there, so that’s obviously the bulk of the cost.
I run NGINX for the web server, as I wanted to try something new after running apache for many years.
The website is built on WordPress, along with several plugins to make editing easier. Mainly Elementor. I have built my own websites for years so I can do everything from scratch without something like WordPress, but this just makes things much easier.
As the system is running 24/7 I imagine it costs a bit in power usage, but it’s probably only a few bucks a month as it’s not doing anything CPU intensive really.
Traffic… what traffic? Lol. It gets probably 5-10 page views a day on average. I don’t write the blog for it to be popular, and I know it’ll never make any money. I write the game reviews for myself, and the hardware articles to help others.
When you get a comment on an article saying that you helped them out, and they say thanks, etc… that’s the best part.
I don’t have an update schedule for it, as the time I can find to write there isn’t always available. I’ve entertained the idea of having guest writers from here and other retro places on the internet, but haven’t fleshed that out entirely yet. It would be cool to have different perspectives from people playing different styles of games than I do, working on different hardware mods than I am etc…