Here are some answers to questions we frequently get at Blog Carnival. If you'd like to look at the questions for a given topic, click on one of these links to scroll down.
A Blog Carnival is a particular kind of blog community. There are many kinds of blogs, and they contain articles on many kinds of topics. Blog Carnivals typically collect together links pointing to blog articles on a particular topic. A Blog Carnival is like a magazine. It has a title, a topic, editors, contributors, and an audience. Editions of the carnival typically come out on a regular basis (e.g. every monday, or on the first of the month). Each edition is a special blog article that consists of links to all the contributions that have been submitted, often with the editors opinions or remarks.
There is so much stuff in the blog-o-sphere, just finding interesting stuff is hard. If there is a carnival for a topic you are interested in, following that carnival is a great way to learn what bloggers are saying about that topic. If you are blogging on that topic, the carnival is the place to share your work with like-minded bloggers.
Blog Carnival is the place to come to find carnivals you are interested in, to submit your blog articles to carnivals where they belong, and to organize and maintain carnivals.
It takes a village, you might say. Although it is possible for one person to do everything it takes to make a Blog Carnival, the work is usually divided up like this:
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We publish a sidebar containing recent posts of our favorite carnivals. To include this on your blog, you need to add this HTML code to your sidebar:
Simply check the checkbox that says "Stop showing HTML errors for this post", and save again.
That's it! Your post has been saved.
Now, can anyone help us get Blogger to suppress that error message?
The Blog Carnival search bar searches only blog posts submitted to and accepted by a carnival edition and actual carnival editions.
If you want blog posts you submit to be included in the Blog Carnival search, you must submit your post through Blog Carnival's submission process, and your post must be accepted in a blog carnival edition. If you want your carnival edition included in the Blog Carnival search, your edition must be in the Blog Carnival index (that happens automatically if you're using Blog Carnival to manage your carnival).
For more information on Blog Carnival search, see this article.
Browse through the Blog Carnival carnival index, to find carnivals on a topic you blog about. Click on the name of the carnival to see its profile page. The profile page for each carnival has a description that tells you what the carnival is about, and several pointers that you can read.
You'll see that many carnivals have a "homepage" that the carnival's organizer has written. It is often a blog article that describes the carnival's topic, submission guidelines, and hosting schedule.
The other thing you might want to do is read through past editions of the carnival that are listed on the profile page. That will give you an idea of what other bloggers in that carnival community are talking about.
Every blog article has a unique web address called its Permalink URL.
In order for Blog Carnival to point to a specific blog article, we need the web address which, over time, will continue to point directly to that one blog article. Your blogging software includes a link next to each article that points to this web address. It is called a Permalink URL.
For example, the Permalink for an article in our blog "News from around the World" is
How do you find the permalink for an article? Each blogging software package is a bit different, but there are a few common approaches.
When you have the permalink URL, copy and paste it onto the submission form. Step back and wait a moment; in most cases, the subsequent fields (e.g. the name of the blog, the title of the article) will be filled in automatically.
The submission deadline of the upcoming edition has probably passed, even though the edition hasn't been posted yet.
You can go ahead and submit your blog article anyway. We'll send it to the carnival organizer, and when they have organized a new edition, they'll have your submission in hand.
Carnival organizers and hosts should check this edition field carefully. After the deadline, if there is no "next edition", submissions get forwarded to the default carnival address. This allows you to hold onto the submissions until you know who the next host will be.
The Blog Carnival web site has a web page for every carnival it knows about (example), and it also has a page for every carnival edition it knows about.
For past editions (example), which have already been published, the most important thing is a link to the carnival article posted on your blog.
For upcoming editions (example), the most important things are:
Note: we don't put these (or any) e-mail addresses on any public web page, and our Blog Carnival Submission Form (example) supports spam prevention.
When you create a carnival using our web site, or claim a carnival that we have already entered, you can:
The Blog Carnival team has already added a number of carnivals that we have found (or that people have told us about). If you are the person who is organizing this carnival, just tell us, and we will assign it to your account. Once that is done, you can update it yourself.
We've seen a lot of carnivals come and go.
One of the main features of Blog Carnivals is that they get published on a more or less regular basis. If we notice that a carnival organizer has not mentioned a date for the next edition of their carnival, and has not published a new edition in a while (e.g. a weekly carnival hasn't published in a month, a monthly carnival has not published in a quarter), we'll contact the organizer and, if we don't hear back, we'll mark it inactive.
You can still search and browse the old editions of inactive carnivals, but we won't accept submissions for them.
Carnival organizers: if you want to re-activate an inactive carnival, just add a listing for an upcoming edition and then tell us to activate it.
Of course, when you host a carnival, you want lots of people to send you submissions, and the most obvious way to ask bloggers for submissions is to post a blog article: a "call for submissions" (example).
Note that this blog article refers to a specific carnival edition (i.e. "next week's edition is all about widgets! Submit your posts on widgets by next Sunday!"). The carnival organizer probably also has an article that describes your carnival in general, and perhaps tells people what and how to contribute, but that should go into the Blog Carnival archive as your "Carnival Homepage", not a particular edition's "Call for Submissions".
How does Blog Carnival help? When you record an upcoming edition at Blog Carnival, there is a field for you to put the permalink of a "Call For Submissions" article (it might be on the blog of the carnival organizer, or of the host of the particular edition; it doesn't matter).
Put a sentence in bold font at the end of your call for submissions. Here's an example:
Of course, you have to change the links and carnival names to point to your carnival. Most Blog Carnival link URL's end in a number; just look at your carnival page, and use the number for your carnival.
Also use the Blog Carnival Widget to help attract submissions and readers.
It's your turn to host a carnival on your blog, and you've created a fabulous round-up of links to your fellow bloggers. How do you get that listed at Blog Carnival?
If you are unable to edit your carnival or edition, contact us. We'll help you fix it.
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