Thursday, April 10, 2008

It's Carnival Time!

I recently discovered the world of blog carnivals - and I love them. They make it easy to find blog posts on a topic that you are interested in.

When it comes to scrapbooking, I am very interested in seeing the work of other scrapbookers in my country and province. I searched for Canadian and Newfoundland scrapbooking carnivals and came up with none, so I decided to start my own.

In case you don't know what a blog carnival is, I'll share with you bits and peices of what Wikipedia has to say about it:

A blog carnival is a type of blog event. It is similar to a magazine, in that it is dedicated to a particular topic, and is published on a regular schedule, often weekly or monthly. Each edition of a blog carnival is in the form of a blog article that contains permalinks links to other blog articles on the particular topic....

There are many variations, but typically, someone who wants to organize a carnival posts details of the theme or topic to their blog, and asks readers to submit relevant articles for inclusion in an upcoming edition. The host then collects links to these submissions, edits and annotates them (often in very creative ways), and publishes the resulting round-up to his or her blog.

Many carnivals have a home page or principal organizer, who lines up guest bloggers to host each edition. This means that the carnival travels, appearing on a different blog each time.

Communities of blog readers, writers, and edition hosts form around specific carnivals. The carnivals provide an aggregation of recent posts by the community on a given topic, and the host provides a level of editing and annotation that helps readers find posts they are interested in. Writers who submit their articles to blog carnivals are rewarded with traffic...

I have decided to start both a Carnival of Canadian Scrapbookers and Carnival of NL Scrapbookers. These Carnivals are to highlight scrapbookers, stampers, and cardmakers living in both Canada and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Newfoundland and Labrador scrappers can submit their posts to both carnivals if they want. I will host the first editions of these Carnivals in my blog but I will be looking for other bloggers that would be interested in hosting future editions, so let me know if that interests you.

I know there are a lot of Canadian scrapbookers out there that blog. I've decided that rather than set a date as a deadline for posts for the first edition of the Carnival of Canadian Scrapbookers, I will put together and post the first edition when I have 10 submissions. The faster I get them, the earlier the Carnival will be posted.

I don't know of too many scrapbookers living in Newfoundland and Labrador that blog so instead of giving a number of submissions as the deadline for submissions I've decided to set April 17 as a deadline for submissions for the first edition of the Carnival of Newfoundland and Labrador Scrapbookers. I will post the first edition April 18.

To participate in either Carnival all you have to do is send me a link to a post on your blog that you would like to have included in the carnival. It can be a new or old post. It can be a post about anything scrapbooking/stamping/cardmaking related. It can be as short or as long as you like. If you have any questions or suggestions you can post them in the comments and I will edit this blog post with answers. Send your submissions to jacqueline hillier AT g mail DOT com , but leave out the spaces and substitute the correct symbols for the capitalized words.

Please help spread the word about these Carnivals.


Connie Paxman said...

This is a very unique idea..I am in..
Will p.m. you later.

Sheryl Cote said...

This is cool. Here is my link.

Anonymous said...

I would be interested, drop me a line.

jo-ann said...

this sounds interesting!