16BitMiker I'm totally in love with flarum and I refuse to use platforms like discord.
Same here (although I do use Discord, but only to offer Flarum support 🙂). I've a couple of communities - one is for Cyber Security, and it's mostly an automated news feed with some blog articles, but my main one has started to gain traction owing to what if offers.
I started the latter in 2020, and it now has 50 members. It's not been easy, and all growth has been organic / word of mouth so to speak.