I got somebody’s (or something’s) attention….
I had written the post, Thank You, Google, on Wednesday August 9th and placed it in queue at the blog to be published on the morning of August 10th.
Overnight – in the time between placing it in queue and the time it actually appeared on the blog, traffic at the site jumped to perhaps 20 – 25 times normal. Then things calmed down…
…until last night. I had Zero-hedge type traffic: perhaps 80 times what I would expect overnight. The articles with the most views were older – most from 2015 & 2016. The main things in common for these articles were a) the topics were mostly about open borders and immigration, and b) all had a high volume of comments – between around 60 – 100. I suspect the latter point is the critical one.
Normally, the traffic to the site is about 70% from the US. Overnight, France, Belgium, Philippines and Kuwait all had higher traffic numbers than did the US – each from slightly more up to eight times more, with France by far the most.
I have had bot attacks before – sporadic, over several months. This was nothing like those.
Normally Chrome (Google) is the browser used by visitors to the site about 40% of the time; overnight, it was 96%.
If it need be said, my blog is hosted by Google.
Maybe I violated a company policy?