Apparently, we got a spike when the Sarah Palin news broke (see article here
). We not only predicted that is would be a good idea, but that it would be a surprise, but I think traffic came from people looking at the picture.
And our hosting site, which will remain unnamed, responded by taking down our server and breaking our site all over the place. We have made changes to blog requested by host to cut down on server load with high traffic. Am running (for now, fingers crossed) and hoping to get everything working in a few days. Needless to say, this server company is not winning any friends and doesn't understand a free economy. As per Sun Tzu, we will be seeking to advance our position. We didn't realize we were in a "dangerous" situation until now.