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.