It all started about 24hours ago, Shane was brewing up some New Mexico Pinon Coffee from Trader Joe’s. He had picked it up that night and was too curious to wait until the morning. Halfway across the state, I was sitting in bed next to my wife, working on my new website (republican4aday.com), while in the background CNN played the drama unfolding over the last minute budget extension.
Then it happened:
Seconds later hundreds of supporters flooded the site to show their support, crashing the server. Service returned shortly but was spotty, we’ve never had quite this much traffic, although last summer’s live-feed of Beck’s rally came close.
Several Paul supporters started complaining in the comment section of the congressman’s original link. Some thought the site was a bit weak if it couldn’t handle a ‘little’ volume spike. As you may know, Paul has attracted a few conspiracy theorist, and sure enough, some thought we at caffeinated thoughts were somehow preventing them from voting. After a little explaining from our end, I think most understood the situation and decided to try back later.
A little spike may have been a bit of an understatement:
People continued to follow the link throughout the day. In just 24hours the post had over 11,000 hits. Putting it just shy of the current all time record holder ‘Twenty Items of Interest‘ which has been a consistent favorite on the site and routinely gets about a dozen hits a day, accumulating it’s 11k+ hits over the course of the last 3 years.
So it was a very interesting, might say caffeinated 24 hours. So at the end of the day what does it mean. Well, the results of the poll will probably be a bit skewed. But the fact that a possible presidential candidate (or at least high level staff) is keeping his eye on caffeinated thoughts probably says a lot about its place in Iowa politics. He recognizes that many politically active Iowans turn here for news and insightful commentary. In just a few years Shane VanderHart has created one high quality and influential blog, and I am thankful to be a part of it.
As a side note, the episode finally got Shane, a die-hard Palin fan, to ‘like’ Dr. Paul (don’t worry Shane the secret is safe with me). As a behind the lines Paul supporter, looks like my work here is done.