chrisdolley (chrisdolley) wrote,

Blog Carnivals

During one of my many forays into the world of self-promotion - the curse of the not so well known author - I discovered Blog Carnivals. 'What's a Blog Carnival?' you ask. And even if you didn't, you'll going to find out. It's a themed collection of blog posts. Someone chooses a theme, sets up a date - usually weekly - then asks for submissions. Bloggers with suitable posts then submit the relevant urls, the host collects them together and then, on the due date, posts the carnival with all the links back to the original posts and some linking text to whet reader's appetites.

There are many carnivals (over 200) and range from the very popular Carnival of the Cats to the narrowly defined Carnival of the USB Pen Drive Linux (now, admit it, we've all got a funny USB pen drive linux story:)

Anyone can start their own Carnival. There's even a place to register.

And anyone can submit to an existing carnival or offer to host an existing carnival. No money changes hand, only urls and cat pictures.

Ones which I've submitted to include:

Britblog roundup: (a round up of ... Brit Bloggers)

Retro Carnival: (anything you love before the turn of the century)

Friday Ark: (anything to do with animals - pictures appreciated)

Carnival of the Cats:

Carnival of Family Life (funny stories)

As to whether they increase your profile ... some might. And if you already have a suitable post on your blog why not share it?
Tags: blogs, carnival, humor, humour, writing
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