What is a blog carnival? Well, according to Wikipedia (I know, I know, don’t hate me my wonderful debate friends) a blog carnival is defined as:
A blog article that contains links to other articles covering a specific topic. Most blog carnivals are hosted by a rotating list of frequent contributors to the carnival, and serve to both generate new posts by contributors and highlight new bloggers posting matter in that subject area.
There are a number of blog carnivals hosted by personal finance bloggers and mom and I have started submitting some of our articles for inclusion. Normally a blogger reads the submitted articles and then chooses the ones they like best to include in that weeks carnival. I am so excited to say that I have been included in a few carnivals this week! Several sites have mentioned my article on Ben Lamb, Teen Entrepreneur and have included it in their carnival. (Thanks Ben!!!)
TeensGotCents included on:
Yakezie Carnival at This That and the MBA
Finance Carnival for Young Adults at Finance For Young Adults
Carnival of Retirement at Cash Cow Couple
Carnival of Financial Independence at Carnival of Financial Independence
I am so thankful to have been included this week! So. How does this apply to the teen blogger?
Lots of teens blog. LOTS. What if you decided to get together with all of your blogging friends in order to have your own carnival? You may know these people personally or get to know them because you follow their blog. You could take turns hosting the carnival and host it weekly/bi-weekly/monthly – or whatever works for you. Each person would submit their favorite article from that week/month to the host. The host would simply read through each article, sum it up in a sentence or two, and link directly to the article so that their readers could benefit from those articles. It means that each blogger who participates gets a link back to their site and the host may also get some new readers who come just to take a look at the carnival entries.
It is also a great way to support other bloggers as they work hard to create a site that has value to their readers. Not to mention that it is a fun way to make friends with people who may have the same interests as you! I think that it would be a great way to highlight the best teen bloggers out there. Hmmm. Maybe I should start hosting a teen blogger carnival myself! What would be a catchy name? Or maybe we should just go with Carnival of Teen Bloggers. Boring but descriptive…
Do you blog? And I do mean more than twice a year! If so let me know and I will seriously consider starting a carnival for teen bloggers.