May 19 2007
Updating the list of 100 Top Australian Blogs each week is quite an onerous task (of course made infinitively easier by the script written by Scott Yang). This is further complicated by needing to inset the table into the page.
The other day I discovered a very nifty little WordPress Plugin that allows you to do funky things with tables. With this plugin, I’m able to upload the .csv file, and voila! it’s all but done.
What’s geeky about it? It allows you to sort the list alphabetically, by Alexa AU rank, or by Technorati rank – just by clicking on the column heading. An of course, it looks much prettier (nothing to do with geeky, I know).
The downside is the URL’s are no longer hyperlinks so to check out a blog, you’ll need to copy and paste the URL into a browser. I’m hoping you’ll agree that the geek appeal outweighs the minor inconvenience.
So what’s next? Michael Visser commented on my last update:
Hey Meg, it’d be awesome if there’s some way we can be emailed our ranking on a daily basis or as a WordPress module, even better See the TopBlogSites rank at the bottom of my site (bottom right corner), something like that; surely it wouldn’t be too difficult?
Well, given that the list is only updated weekly (and there is a small cost involved every time I run the script), it’s NOT going to happen on a daily basis.
But I do think it’s time we incorporate some sort of badge or widget for the list.
Any bright sparks out there who might have an idea of how this could be done? (Note: the more automated, the better). I would love to hear any suggestions 😀
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