May 19 2007

Top Blogs – Geekiness Added

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, itโ€™d be awesome if thereโ€™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 wouldnโ€™t be too difficult?

Love this. :D

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

13 responses so far

13 Responses to “Top Blogs – Geekiness Added”

  1. Michael Visseron 19 May 2007 at 10:52 pm

    Hey Meg,

    I’ve got concerns that not having inbound links to the Top 100 will see a drop in interest from those individuals. Surely a link mod can be applied to the widget.

    I’m happy to speak to my friends and figure out a badge script for you, can’t be that hard. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Gregon 19 May 2007 at 11:09 pm

    Any way that cuts down on the work has to be a good a thing. As far as emailling – well i guess you could have an email list but thats what feeds are for.

  3. Megon 19 May 2007 at 11:14 pm

    Hi Michael

    If anyone knows of a way that I can make the links “active” I’m happy to do it.

    I suppose the alternative would be to add all the links underneath.

    By all means talk to your friends…

    Cheers :)

  4. Megon 19 May 2007 at 11:17 pm

    Hi Greg – I like the way you think ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Megon 19 May 2007 at 11:35 pm

    Bugger – I just realised the hyphenated URLs look crappy on IE :(

  6. Gregon 20 May 2007 at 12:19 pm

    Something that i forgot to mention that could also answer Michael’s question for email updates is a plugin subscribe2 which automatically notifies anyone subscribed of updates – i am not sure if it can be set up for just one particular category or whether its all or nothing. You can get it from

  7. Jacques Chesteron 21 May 2007 at 1:21 pm

    To manage the Missing Link regular feature at Club Troppo I used a combination of cat2email and a regular mailing list. Drop me a line if you’d like me help you set up something similar.



  8. Gregon 21 May 2007 at 3:22 pm

    OMG – i just had a look and its turned all pink – i think i have pink poisoning.

  9. Megon 21 May 2007 at 3:28 pm

    Hi Jacques

    many thanks for the offer – I’ll see what I can come up with….


    Consider it branding…. And I am a chick after all ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Matt Vaporon 21 May 2007 at 5:43 pm

    Hey Meg,

    Your still doing an awesome job as always on the Top Blogs :)

    Also glad to hear you have got a script to make it easier!

  11. Megon 21 May 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Thanks Matt :)

  12. Vanessaon 21 May 2007 at 9:40 pm

    You clever, clever thing…

    I wait with baited breath for the next development. Onya for making it easier! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Megon 21 May 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Naw, I just have to work out how to get the bl**dy links working.

    This blog did! I must give them a “hoy” and ask how….