What is a Blog Carnival?

The Carnival of Homeschooling is almost ready for its first birthday, and Henry at Why Homeschool is looking for submissions. So if you’re a homeschool blogger, go back over your recent blog posts and pick out a good one to share!

A blog carnival is a collection of blog posts loosely related to a given topic. Some, like the Carnival of Homeschooling, are posted weekly, while others come once a month or whenever the organizer gets around to doing it. Blog carnivals give bloggers a chance to reach a wider audience than just their regular readers, and they give readers interested in the topic a chance to access a wide variety of articles at once.

Many homeschoolers are familiar with online forums, such as The Homeschool Library, so let me use that as an analogy. A blog carnival would be like the topical forum listings, where you can see the titles of several threads at once and click through to read the ones that grab your interest. The difference is that you aren’t leaving the forum when you click on a thread. With blog carnivals, each blogger is independent from all the others.

If you are interested in contributing to a blog carnival, it’s easy: They always include contact information at the beginning or at the end. Just pick a carnival that matches what you write about, then choose one of your favorite blog posts to send in. Then, when the blog carnival comes out, it’s good manners to include a link to it on your blog. The more people that put up links, the more readers will find the carnival—and everybody wins!

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