Well, for me, getting recognition from notable media sites is only PART of the growth strategy. It is not the goal.
The goal will be the growth gained from this.
If you are tracking unique visitors per month, or average visits per month and this helped you increase by 100% month on month, then this will be a success story.
If you are tracking Ad revenue and you saw an increase with your growth strategy, then that is a success story.
I think you are celebrating prematurely. Check and see if it actually corresponds to an increase in you KEY METRIC.
Growth of said KEY METRIC is the real story.
Keep up the good work