The 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.