Face it. We spend most of our time noding, not browsing. And when we vote or append to a node, it is usually because it is on the New Nodes list, or it was cooled.

If your node fades off the list before someone esle notices it and sees fit to add a writeup, it will probably take a long time before one it "comes to life" again.

I know that many potentially good nodes have faded into obscurity this way. Amazing nodes no one has ever voted on or considered.

If you miss your launch window, there are some recourses. Soft link to related nodes. If you are unscrupulous, soft link to unrelated but active nodes. If you are lucky, someone high level noder may stumble upon it and cool it. Or just promote it shamelessly on chatterbox.