Blogs of the Day
http://blogsoftheday.com/ seems to be down right now. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a sort of popularity contest in the field of blogging. You install a plugin, and whenever one of your blog pages is loaded, it pings the blogsoftheday service, and counts as a “vote” for your blog.
The pinging system needs a bit of work, as now every webpage that uses this service is extemely slow to load. I think it’s an issue with waiting for the ping time out so the page can finally finish loading. I’ve disabled the plugin on my blogs, because I’d rather not alienate my readers.