Quite a few years ago (2002 to be exact), I acquired a new hobby that gave my LSW much consternation. This was the purchase and smoking of premium cigars. I was quite a n00b when I discovered the usenet newsgroup alt.smokers.cigars (a long time before Facebook and Twitter). I found some of the most knowledgeable people that I have ever met there, and I have made what I consider friendships with some of the denizens (well, if you can be a friend with someone you have never met or phoned).
About the same time, I got the bug to try and learn how to program a web based database application (yes, I am that geeky) and I decided to marry my new project with my new found love of premium cigars, and The Cigar Diary was born. It was a maintenance nightmare, and probably not as nice as some of the flashy sites around the internet. But I had a little niche, and I get about 20,000 visitors a month. Source