ALERT: The Deadline has been extended until Sunday!
I really like sending people to cool new blogs I find, and I love finding cool new blogs. I read a lot of them (I think I’m subscribed to at least 80 knitting blog feeds), but most of them just link to each other and the smaller ones go unnoticed. So I’m happy to report that I’ve decided to start a Blog Carnival for knitters to showcase their content, regardless of their place in the knitting food chain. What’s it called? You guessed it. Yarnival!
What is a Blog Carnival?
Blog Carnivals typically collect together links pointing to blog articles on a particular topic. A Blog Carnival is like a magazine, in that it has a title, a topic, editors, contributors, and an audience. Blog Carnivals are much less formal than regular online magazines, though, and anyone can submit to them. Essentially, every month you submit the post you think represents your best work on your blog (be it a really cool FO or an explanation of a technique you learned, or even just a post complaining about how noisy your dogs are), and the best are selected for publication.
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 the contributions, often with the editors opinions or remarks. It’s totally relaxed and non-serious; just something to read and have fun and discover blogs you may not have discovered before.
I want to emphasize that anyone can submit to this, and submit anything they want. The point is to expose everyone to content from lesser-known blogs as well as well-established ones. You can read more about blog carnivals at the Blog Carnival FAQ. A great example of a Blog Carnival is The Synapse.
Who is going to edit this?
I’ll take on the editing duties for the first few “issues” until someone shows their interest in editing it themselves. Once there is a larger pool of editors (perhaps around 6 or so), it will cycle from blog to blog and editor to editor every month.
When will the first issue be out?
The submission deadline for the first issue of Yarnival will be August 4th (that’s a Friday) and the issue will be published on August 11th (also a Friday). That gives you two weeks to submit! I’ll be posting a reminder closer to the deadline.
How can I submit?
Send me your name (or pseudonym), email address and blog address, as well as the name of your blog and the URL of your post submission using my contact form:
Once I figure out this whole thing a bit better, there will be a more sophisticated method of submission.
Now get a-writing and get a-submitting! Don’t be shy! Grab a button! (I loved making this button.) Submit to Yarnival!