Blogdown site: "Page Not Found" error, but Netlify reports "Site is live"

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Continuing the discussion from What's your blogdown workflow to include work from other projects

Also, the SO question on the matter is posted here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/50750447/netlify-fails-to-deploy-site-after-public-is-added-to-gitignore

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Some extra facts (not in SO question):


What triggered it: an attempt to stop building my site locally (i.e. clearing git cache and adding public and blogdown to .gitignore). Also documented in this SO question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/50750447/netlify-fails-to-deploy-site-after-public-is-added-to-gitignore