Way back in 2014 I was published in the Huffington Post. They never paid me anything but they did let me write book reviews for odd books and they've kept the content online. You can find it here. This work got me mentioned in the New York Times. Unfortunately, it was the obituary for Henry S.F. Cooper.
I've got all my old essays mirrored here. I look on them now not necessarily as reflective of my current thought but I am pleased to see the through lines.
Anyhow, may you never learn that an author whose work you respect has died because you're mentioned in his obituary.