I feel a bit like Frodo committing to take the ring to Mordor, but I will do the Biblioblog rankings. I’m still working out the details of where, when, and how. I have taken steps toward automating the process; therefore, this will not be the painstaking by hand process used in the past. Someone is writing me a program that will take Biblioblog URLs from an Excel spreadsheet, retrieve their one month Alexa rankings and place the rankings next to the URL in a separate column. I can then sort the rankings in Excel and upload this into a Google doc, which can be placed inline on a blog page with a click of a few buttons. A couple of clicks of a button and the rankings will be done.
The program is not ready yet, but should be within a couple of days. I wanted to wait until then to post this, but with the shutting down of the Biblioblog Top 50 site, I thought I’d post this news today to provide some solace to those who enjoy the fun of the rankings. I feel 99% sure the program will work because it looks like people have been doing this type of work already through Amazon Web Services. But, in the event that it would fall through, I will commit to doing it manually for at least this month until a more permanent solution could be worked out.