Wednesday, August 02, 2006

An Invitation

I would like to invite you to a carnival. No, not to read one (although I really do usually enjoy browsing through the Carnival of Beauty and the Blogging Chicks carnival each week). I would like to invite you bloggers out there to write for one. Perhaps you haven't really understood what is involved in submitting to a carnival. They all have their requirements (on topic, when it was originally posted, and when it has to be submitted), but if you meet those, all you have to do is email a link and brief description to the host. You may feel like the wallflower standing against the wall, wanting desparately to be asked to dance. So, I'm asking, "Will you?"

The Blogging Chicks carnival is usually just open to members of the Blogging Chicks blogroll. However, this week, Michele is opening it up to all chick bloggers. The topic is "What I Love About Blogging," which is always a fun one for me to read about and to ponder and post here. So, anytime this week, write about why you like blogging, post it on your blog, and send Michele the link and a description by Saturday at midnight EST. It will be posted on Sunday morning, and this week, if you are participating, you must post a link on your site directing your readers to the carnival. Go to the Blogging Chicks metablog for more information, graphics, and Michele's email address.

The Carnival of Beauty has some specific stipulations about participating (read them here), but if you meet them, it's no trouble at all. Look at the topics coming up for the rest of the month. Won't those be fun to write on, and to read? If you are interested, all you do is post when specified in the requirements, and then go to the hostess' site, and send your link via email.

August 9, 2006 - The Beauty of Chocolate (Ellen @ MzEllen & Co.)
August 16, 2006 - The Beauty of Frugality (Sallie @ A Gracious Home)
August 23, 2006 - The Beauty of Music (Malissa @ Malissa’s Merry-go-round)
August 30, 2006 - The Beauty of Learning (Blair @ Scribblings by Blair)

I participate in carnivals for a couple of reasons. Yes, to be honest, one reason is to bring some traffic here, not just for the sake of hits on my sitemeter, but to perhaps gain a few readers if they like what they read here enough that they decide to come back. The other reason, especially with the Carnival of Beauty, is that I get ideas on things to write about. The Beauty of Philippians, which is up today, was the impetus of a whole week of writing topics for me.


eph2810 said...

Yes, carnivals are a lot of fun and they are a blessing too. I have 'met' many of my regular reads through a Carnival. Maybe you are ready soon to host a Carnival of Beauty. I know that there still some topics open :).
Have a blessed day.

Joanne Casale Viskup said...

I'm in! I'm looking for readers too and also to "meet" some of you lovely blogging gals in the community. This is my second WFMW and it is so exciting! I am a comment junkie - I love the feedback. I'll be submitting to the carnivals this week. Thanks so much for the tip.

Nikkie said...

I've always wanted to participate in the carnivals but I usually forget to write about the topic for the week!

Robin said...

Wow, Jennifer,

I decided to read more of your blog because I had a block of time to do just that. I've seen the Carnivals of Beauty on many blogs, so I clicked that link...and realized I was discriminated against! Wow :(.

I'm not eligible to write for them based on the criteria. Wow, again.

I'm not sure what was meant about not "promoting" theological distinctions (b/c I've read many posts @ faith on blogs that also write for CofB), but I am a "friend" of the emergent conversation. I'm in a mainline denomination church (SBC), but I think there's a lot of GOOD thoughts brought out by those who would align themselves with those in the emergent community.

I certainly do know know everything there is to know, but listening to some of "their" thoughts has motivated me to seek Christ more deeply. Wow...I'm sorry, I'm just blown away right now. I am ineligible to write for that carnival b/c although I don't "promote" EC, I'm taken aback that that would disqualify me.

Sorry you're getting my immediate response to all this (can you tell I don't quite know what to say??)

Thanks...on to read some more :/

Heather said...

I wrote a nice long response to your frustration but then realized that it would be unfair to Jennifer to subject her blog to my whimpers. I think, instead, I'll put something on my blog related to that in the next day or two. I'm torn because I'm hurt by that requirement, but I have found some good reads through that site. I understand that the hostesses are trying to avoid the theological conflicts and just enjoy the beauty of blogging, but they seem very stridently against dialogue. But here I go again. I'm stopping.
Sorry, Jennifer. I do love the upcoming topics, especially chocolate. I love me some chocolate, dark, rich chocolate.

Jennifer said...

I don't even know too much about the emergent movement, and I wasn't involved with that carnival/blog when she made the rules. I think that there must have been some controversy regarding that, and that Sallie strives to avoid controversy and to uphold the church. It's her choice. It is sad that some end up "left out," but know that everyone who writes for the carnival doesn't necessary agree with all aspects, but like me, respects her right to make decisions since she's hosting the carnival. I am sorry that you are taken aback, and I think that what you shared here is totally appropriate.

Heather, if you write a response on your website, feel free to link to it here in the comments so that others can follow it through to hear that viewpoint. . . .

Jennifer said...

I just wanted to clarify a bit on the emergent thing. I think that everyone has a different definition. In looking at this, you can scroll down to the 8 points that are basically agreed upon by the emergent movement, and it's clear that those principles do not promote the gospel as I follow it. I think that many who call themselves emergent are really maybe advocates of a "seeker friendly" church, which can be different.

I have tried to follow in Sallie's footsteps as far as not promoting controversy, but I wanted to clarify this (for myself as well as others who don't know much about it, whether they align themselves with the movement or not).

If you have any more thoughts on this, feel free to email me, but while I don't want anyone to feel offended, I don't want to debate it here, and I appreciate how Robin and Heather avoided that.

Lindsey @ Enjoythejourney said...

I've done a few carnivals but I'm always scared of rejection!!! :)

Robin said...

Hey Jennifer,

Kind of in a hurry at the moment (aren't moms always?) but I wanted to thank you for your quick follow-up. I posted my comment immediately following reading the CofB requirements. I TOTALLY embrace Sally's freedom to provide guidelines for those who participate. I wasn't offended exactly, more so disappointed b/c I did feel disqualified (although, again, I have yet to promote the EC at all on my blog, lol). I'll check out the link you provided.

It's also interesting that few of my friends IRL have ever even heard of the EC! There's this whole "thing" going on and few in my sphere can even dialogue with me about it.

Several of the upcoming CofB are topics I'd enjoy writing about. Out of respect for Sally and her wishes to avoid controversy...I don't think I can...that's a bummer.

Heather, if you check back in, I'd love to hear from you...gonna bookmark your site so I can see what you have to say in the next few days.

Again, Jennifer, I appreciate what you wrote--heck, you got me to check it out! :) So PLEASE don't feel like it precludes me from coming back here! I've enjoyed getting to know you a bit better.

Til later,


Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

i am loving the carnivals - it forces me to sit down and write on a good topic or theme. sometimes i need that deadline to get me going!

michele said...

Thanks for the plug!