Yarnival!

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006
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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:

[I have been getting lots of spam through my contact forms, so until I can find an alternate, spam-protected contact form please email me.]

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!

Yarnival! Button

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13 Comments to “Yarnival!”

  1. Is there a specific theme for submissions, or are we wide open? This sounds like a blast ..

    I wandered over here from affiknitty, btw. *wave*

    Comment by
    Tania A
    July 28, 2006 @ 9:09 am
  2. fab idea! love getting to read the little blogs too!

    Comment by catherine
    July 28, 2006 @ 11:29 pm
  3. oh and forgot to mention that I would be happy to help you out any way that I can :)

    Comment by catherine
    July 28, 2006 @ 11:32 pm
  4. [...] This is just a reminder that submissions to the Yarnival! Blog Carnival are due by August 4th. That means you, dearies! Submit what you think represents your best or most interesting work for the past month, and then come back on August 11th to see the top submissions. Your submission can be about anything that’s vaguely knitting-related. If you don’t know what Yarnival! is, here’s some more information about it. [...]

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    August 2, 2006 @ 11:42 am
  5. [...] I’m heading off to Montreal for the weekend and won’t be able to do much internetting, so if you want to submit to Yarnival!, you can still do so until the end of Sunday. [...]

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    August 4, 2006 @ 2:17 pm
  6. [...] Read the rest of this post [...]

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    August 6, 2006 @ 2:11 am
  7. [...] I’m hoping to finally get Yarnival! out tomorrow morning before I head off to the cottage again. I only recently got through all the articles (time management will be easier next time hopefully) and whittled them down to around 20 or 30 posts. I’m trying to string them together coherently now, so expect it soon! [...]

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    August 31, 2006 @ 6:48 pm
  8. [...] (For more information, here’s an introduction to the Yarnival! Carnival and the request for submissions to Issue 2.) [...]

    Pingback by Needle Exchange » Yarnival: Volume 1, Issue 1
    September 5, 2006 @ 11:57 am
  9. [...] Yarnival is ready for publication! I’m about to put it up but I wanted to mention one thing first that needs doing: [...]

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    September 5, 2006 @ 12:20 pm
  10. [...] One thing I noticed about the submissions for this issue is that many of the people who submitted last time (but didn’t get in) didn’t submit to Yarnival for this issue. Please don’t be discouraged! If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Even if you don’t submit, let’s hear your feedback! Send me an email or leave a comment at the end of this entry about which posts you liked best, and what you’d like to see in the following issues. (Here’s an introduction to the Yarnival! Carnival, if you’ve never heard of it before.) [...]

    Pingback by Needle Exchange » Yarnival! Volume 1, Issue 2
    October 2, 2006 @ 8:40 am
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    November 15, 2006 @ 10:33 am
  12. I really like you concept and will be willing to contribute and help edit or anything else that needs to be done.

    Comment by Tiffany
    August 7, 2007 @ 3:35 pm
  13. Squee! This is exciting! :cool:

    Comment by Jessica
    August 16, 2007 @ 10:18 am

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