DESCENDING THE LADDER
Unfortunately, so it goes. Spikes* owing to a single event or post go away pretty quickly. To climb the Ecosystem requires some combination of a ton of people blogrolling you and constant generation of buzz. Or, like the old joke about golf, going back and taking it up a few years earlier.
*Note: I am in no way referring here to Sheldon “Spike” Lee or The Network formerly known as Nashville.