What Everybody Ought to Know About Blog Carnivals

Digital Scrapbook Blog CarnivalThe December Digital Scrapbooking Blog Carnival is on at Hummie’s right now. and She’ll be hosting another on December 15 in time for Christmas.

It seems that volunteers to host this have been bailing out on her and she’s left holding the bag.

I was surprised to hear this and I wondered if all scrapbooking bloggers actually understand what a Blog Carnival is about and the value it brings to both the readers and to the host blog.

What’s in it for the Readers?

From a blog reader perspective, a Blog Carnival presents you with a great list of links to useful and specific digital scrapbooking articles that you otherwise would probably not see. It’s amazing how many tips you can find here and really useful scrapbooking information.

It’s very easy for us to get stuck in the rut of reading the same blogs all the time and not branching out (and I urge all of you not to take that as a recommendation that you stop reading Scraps of Mind, we’d both be sorry if you did). And the Blog Carnival gives you a little intro to the articles so you know what they’re about before you click over.

So it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet new scrapbooking bloggers and get new scrapbooking information.

What’s in it for Article Submitters?

Many of you are maintaining a blog to help you raise your profile in the scrapbooking world and to showcase your designs.

When you submit an article to the Blog Carnival you get a link from the host when they publish the Carnival on their blog, even if the article is on someone else’s blog. This opens up the opportunity for a bunch of new readers to click and visit your blog; driving more traffic to you and giving more scrapbookers an opportunity to see your work. If the article that you submit is one of your own (and that’s perfectly acceptable), it also gets a link.

Blog Carnivals are all about opening up the blogging World to others who may not have seen it all yet (ummm…that would be everybody, I guess).

And when you make a submission, you should then let all the readers of your blog know about the latest Blog Carnival so they can visit and share in all the goodies.

What’s in it for Blog Carnival Hosts?

Now this is a real opportunity for scrapbooking bloggers to get some blog traffic juice. But I suspect that many don’t realise that.

If you host a Digital Scrapbooking Blog Carnival, then all the people who have articles in it or who have submitted articles to it will be letting their readers know about it and linking to in in their blogs. This is an opportunity for potentially a huge bunch of new visitors to come to your blog. If they like what they see there they might well become regular readers.

And hosting it is a doddle. People submit their nominated articles in the entry form (see the widget in my sidebar) and you get an email with all the information and links. Then when the Carnival is due to be published, you just copy/paste that information into a post and ta-da. If you like you can get a bit fancy and dress it up a bit in your own words like me, but you don’t have to, it’s the links and information that count.

So what are you waiting for?

So as you can see, being a part of the Digital Scrapbooking Blog Carnival has got heaps of scrapbooking and blogging benefits for all players. So come and join in. The more players in the Carnival the better it will be and we’ll all get some goodies out of it.

And just to make submitting your articles a bit easier for first timers, Hummie has put together this little Blog Carnival Tutorial for you. Or you can just Click on the Submit form on the Blog Carnival Widget and complete the form.

Other related posts:

September Digital Blog Carnival at Scraps of Mind
Let your Blog Stumble … it won’t hurt!
Easy way to get more Traffic to your Blog

12 Responses to What Everybody Ought to Know About Blog Carnivals

  1. Hummie December 12, 2007 at 1:15 am #

    Great article. You do have a lot of talent for writing! The sure does sum up the benefits to all people for blog carnivals. I invite people to participate in the carnival–it takes the efforts of many to make a great carnival!

  2. Sol Lederman December 12, 2007 at 3:41 am #

    Good article.

    I’m about to host my first Carnival. I agree with everything you say. It is a great source of traffic for the blog hosting the Carnival and also a good source of traffic for those posting articles. And, getting links from other blogs is great for your Technorati authority ranking.

  3. karooch December 12, 2007 at 7:50 am #

    Thanks Hummie. I suspect that many scrapbookers aren’t aware of the benefits to themselves by being involved in the Blog Carnival. Hopefully this article will explain that and we can get more digital scrapbookers involved in it.

    And good luck hosting your Carnival, Sol. I hosted the Digital Scrapbooking Blog Carnival last September just before I went on vacation and it was a lot of fun. All I had to do was write a post copying in all the details that had been sent through the submission form. The post practically wrote itself.

  4. Alex Kay December 12, 2007 at 8:32 am #

    I think that you outlined the benefits of a blog carnival very nicely Karen, thanks for a great read.

    Alex

  5. DreamScrapper December 12, 2007 at 9:21 am #

    Great article, Karen! Let’s hope a few more people hop on the blog carnival “band wagon!”

  6. karooch December 12, 2007 at 3:36 pm #

    Thanks Alex and Linda. Blog Carnivals are such a good way to spread the blogging love around that it seems a shame that more people don’t support them.

  7. Colby December 14, 2007 at 10:28 am #

    I enjoyed reading your article, but I have one question. When you host a blog carnival do you need to moderate the links people post or do you just trust your readers? I imagine you wouldn’t want poorly written articles or worse spam in your carnival.

  8. karooch December 15, 2007 at 9:44 am #

    Good point Colby. When you host a carnival you should do some moderation of the links.
    Usually you will have some ‘trusted’ sources who you know will submit relevant links that are useful to readers. But for the other submissions you should click over and make sure they are the sort of content that fits with a Digital Scrapbooking Blog Carnival. It’s not much good if someone is submitting an article on toddler training into a digital scrapbooking carnival. And you should also be checking for spam.

    Basically as the host all articles will go through you so you can weed out the inappropriate ones. You simply don’t publish them with the carnival, There’s no need to get involved in any communication with the submitter.

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