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September 20, 2002

Carnival of the Vanities

How many times have you published a really good post, something that you thought was a finely crafted model of trenchant wit and amusing scholarly insight, only to have it sink into the vast waters of the blogosphere with barely a ripple? How many times have you thought that here at last is something that will get me a bit of recognition from the blogerati, only to be wrong? I think that this happens to almost all bloggers, big and small. Sometimes it's just timing. If you put up a really good post about your kid or some arcane bit of knowledge on the same day that Britney Spears assassinates Yasser Arafat, it's not to get the attention it would have otherwise deserved. Sometimes there is no good explanation, as the child of your mind sits there, ignored, a wallflower at the school dance, while everyone around you dances with the popular kids.

Frustrating, isn't it? Don't you just want to find the nearest water tower, climb up and start taking potshots? I know I do, and I've got at least a half-decent record at attracting attention from my betters. The problem is that there is no proven acceptable way of saying Hey you lot, take a look at this! And admit, you know you want them to. Blogging, if nothing else, is the bleeding edge of vanity publishing. If you didn't think you had something valuable to say, you wouldn't be doing this.

Trolling referral logs is slow, and the bigger the target, the less chance it has of working. Bill Quick's referral logs move so fast they smoke. Your visit to Instapundit is viewable in his logs, if you get lucky, for about a minute.

There's always e-mail, but it's frowned on, smacks of desperation, and you still have to hope that somehow your letter stands out somehow from the crowd of hundreds or sometimes thousands of other e-mails.

That's one problem. Here's another. I'd link to you more often if I was able to read you more often. Making one circuit through the blogroll over there on the left takes a week, at a minimum, and that's with me reading just the stuff on each blog that was written that day, and I am nowhere near as busy as the big guns. If the best example of your skill appeared a couple days before I showed up, I'm going to miss it. Deep down, this grates at me. I've read enough of you to know that that there are extremely talented and knowledgeable writers in my blogroll that not only don't get enough attention from everybody else, they don't get enough attention from me.

So I have a request, one that I think might go a ways towards solving both problems. If you think you have a good post, e-mail me the link. I'll read it, and once a week, I'll link to the ones I've gotten. It'll be an index of what you and other bloggers think is their best stuff. At the worst, you'll be exposed to Silflay Hraka's crowd, such as it is. What will likely happen is that people who are looking for stuff to link to, but might not have a lot of time, will drop by, find something that interests them, and link to it. Your memes are guaranteed exposure, and the more people that participate, the more people will pop by to take a look.

I'll post the first index next Friday, and I'll probably mail this around to the blogroll sometime this weekend. If you'd like to have a link posted, just e-mail one to me, along with a category for it, like Family Life or Domestic Politics or alt.misc.fetishes and a teaser line, like the model Blog Critics uses on its front page. On the off chance you decide that all of your posts are deserving, try to winnow it down to one, ok? People who like your stuff are going to stay awhile, so you'll get more exposure for the rest of your blog, and you'll pick up permanent visitors at a faster pace.

Let me know what you think, and I'll adapt the whole thing as it goes along. I think it'll work well, and will shed some light on stuff that have been otherwise overlooked.I'm looking forward to linking to some of the best stuff in the blogosphere.

Of course, that's assuming someone reads this.

Update: Information on the latest Carnival Of The Vanities, as well as upcoming hosts and the vast variety of other Carnivals, is posted to the main page of Hraka every Wednesday. The latest update may be found here.

If you'd like to host the Carnival, drop us a line. Information on how to join the Carnival can be found here. If you would like to be added to the Carnival announcement list, send an email to cotvanities-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Posted by Bigwig at September 20, 2002 08:22 PM | TrackBack
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Comments

Four Right Wing Wackos would be interested in hosting a Carnival, if possible. Can we get on the list?

Posted by: Raging Dave at October 8, 2003 07:15 PM

I'd like to host on or about 3/15... a month in advance of the first anniversary of "Make April 15 Buy A Gun For (to Spite) Michael Moore Day", which got me mentioned on the Carnival.

Posted by: Aaron's Rantblog at October 10, 2003 05:03 AM

American Digest is up for a Carnival. Let me know.

Great concept.

Posted by: vanderleun at October 15, 2003 02:34 PM

Sign me up to volunteer!

Posted by: BoiFromTroy at November 12, 2003 06:34 PM

Uh...Hi,

I am Joseph Bosco, the author and journalist; my blog is: The LongBow Papers.

So, how does this work? How do I participate?

Posted by: Joseph Bosco at December 5, 2003 02:17 PM

I would like to host a Carnival as well.

www.d-42.com

Posted by: J at March 1, 2004 10:05 AM

Count me in, would love to host a Carnival.

Posted by: dgci at March 16, 2004 05:35 PM

I'm not scared to admit, I'm always looking for a bigger audience! What do I need to do?

Posted by: BILLY THE BLOGGING POET at April 7, 2004 10:08 PM

Sign me up for the Carnival of Vanities. My team blog is at www.conservativeedge.blogspot.com. Currently, I have been covering a disinformation campaign by my Congressman, Ben Chandler, on Bush's Social Security Plan.

Brian Goettl

Posted by: Brian Goettl at February 23, 2005 10:26 AM

Love to host

Serious newbie though,will need help through the maze.

My blog is very political and very right wing,so be prepared.

Thanks for the opportunity.

Geoff

Posted by: Geoff Cole at July 17, 2005 02:54 PM

yes.this is my site http://www.oddworldz.com/jozeff//5.html Thanks.

Posted by: free at July 23, 2005 12:43 PM

CARNIVAL NUMBER 158

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO HOST ONE OF YOUR CARNIVALS,IT IS MUCH APPRECIATED.THIS IS MY FIRST,SO PLEASE BE GENTLE.

1.POLITICAL JUNKIES:

A.I WOULD LIKE YOUR OPPINION ON WHETHER OR NOT YOU BELIEVE THAT TAXPAYERS IN YOUR STATE SHOULD BEAR THE BURDEN FOR FOR RE-BUILDING NEW ORLEANS OR SHOULD THE PEOPLE OF STATE OF LOUISIANA AND CITY OF NEW ORLEANS PAY?

COMMENT AT WWW.NEWFEDERATION.BLOGSPOT.COM

2.FUNDAMENTALIST CHRISTIANS:

A.DO YOU THINK THAT THE LAND FOR PEACE ARRANGEMENT THAT ISREAL IS EMBARKED ON RIGHT NOW IN THE GAZA IS THE BEGINNING OF THE END TIMES SCENARIO PROPHESIED IN REVELATIONS?

COMMENT AT WWW.WEARESAVED.BLOGSPOT.COM

3.FOOTBALL NUTS:

A.DO YOU THINK THAT THE ANTI-TRUST EXEMTION ALLOWED TO THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE BY THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES IS GOOD OR BAD FOR THE SPORT IN THE LONG TERM?

COMMENT AT WWW.PROFOOTBALLCRAZIES.BLOGSPOT.COM

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT ON ANY OF THESE ITEMS AT ANY OR ALL SIGHTS OR TALK ABOUT ANYTHING YOU WISH.HAVE A GREAT TIME,SEE YOU ON SEPTEMBER 28TH.

Posted by: Geoff Cole at September 17, 2005 06:04 AM
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