This takes the format of a hot 100 chart, with the rankings based on blog traffic data, collected via placing a rather attractive turquoise button icon on your blog (as illustrated on the right hand side of mine under the Supporting heading). People can also vote for and rate your blog, but this does not determine the chart rankings. So it’s not one of those rigged banner ad-laden top site list things.
I think this is a great idea so many thanks Michele for setting it up. My favourite feature is not actually the chart, but the way blogs are broken down by category. Although group blogs, news blogs and the heavyweights may dominate the top chart positions, you can display blogs by category too. So if someone is interested in more personal Irish blogs or Irish business blogs, they can easily find those. I think this is a great development. Although Planet of the Blogs and Irishblogs.ie are doing great work as aggregators, it can be daunting faced with just a list of hundreds of names of Irish blogs to go on!
Of course, a top 100 Irish blogs list is bound to bring out the competitive spirit in Irish bloggers. I predict it will be about a week before a big scrap breaks out with several high profile Irish bloggers disputing the top positions, quoting from their own comprehensive web statistics reports which they pore over hourly. Bring it on!