After setting up our very exclusive chart the other day I realised it wasn't very much fun without other people to beat. With the British Blog chart dead already and the Europundit chart insisting on Sitemeter stats it means we've got no one to laugh at! ;)
To that end (well that and the usual self interested link whorage reasons!) I was chatting with Mark from the BritBlog directory last night about the possibility of setting up a chart on his site counting the request for the BritBlog buttons from each site. The biggest problem with the British Blogs chart was someone had to physically collect all the different stats and chart them. For that very same reason I predict the Euro chart probably won't last much longer unless David Wemans happens to be a masochist or suffering from some form of OCD. If the latter magic mushrooms may help!
The advantage of doing it via BritBlog is that it could be done automatically. It would involve some overnight processing of the button request data - what form that processing would take is still being discussed but it would mean you wouldn't have to install another counter to be included. All you'd have to do is display a BritBlog button which most of the best British blogs do anyway. The other main advantage is that the exact same method of counting will be used for everybody. The method should be published so that people can pick holes / suggest improvements but more importantly to give an air of transparency to the whole thing. It should also cut down the bickering about the Britishness of some blogs (I bet the whingers were all Daily Mail readers!) as the Britishness criteria (whatever the fsck that is!) will be evaluated when the blog is submitted for listing on the BritBlog directory.
Mark seems quite excited by the idea - so much so he did a post about it on his own blog late last night. He's produced a preliminary top ten for the last few weeks but he hasn't used the data that would eventually be used for the 'proper' versions. As such take them with a pinch of salt. Hopefully we'll see a regulated inclusive British Blog Chart sometime soon.
EDIT: Check Mark's post for updates in the comments - it's ticking along nicely. :)