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KellyC
07-28-2006, 06:01 PM
I played around and figured out how to post a poll;) This relates to the discussion we're having here: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34318&page=5&pp=25


Here's the extended version of my suggestions. Please let me know if I should add or change the choices. I think I can still do that on the poll?

1. Keep the chain the way it is, let it get longer with more participants and don't worry about how long it takes.

2. Keep the chain in theory, but have one person tag the next, without a predetermined order. We could actually have several chains going at once this way. We'd need a check and balance to make sure everyone was getting tagged (sounds like 3rd grade;) )

3. Organize a carnival of some sort so everyone who wants to join can, on a specified day, with a predetermined theme. (Theme and host would change each time.) Here's an example of a travel carnival (http://advisor.triphub.com/2006/07/travel_carnival.html) I participated in. We could also format it like the Wordless Wednesday (http://kellycurtis.blogspot.com/2006/07/our-six-mile-bike-trip.html)or Thursday Thirteen (http://kellycurtis.blogspot.com/2006/07/thirteen-ways-to-show-fami_115392698982639198.html)games.

L M Ashton
07-28-2006, 06:38 PM
I think we need to define carnival for those who are unfamiliar with that concept. :) You can read more here (http://blogcarnival.com/bc/p_about.html) and here (http://blogcarnival.com/bc/faq.html). The basic idea is this:


Blog Carnivals typically collect together links pointing to blog articles on a particular topic. A Blog Carnival is like a magazine. It has a title, a topic, editors, contributors, and an audience. 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 all the contributions that have been submitted, often with the editors opinions or remarks.

Of course, that doesn't mean that that's the way we have to do things. :)

We could, for example, have someone different host a carnival every week (or whatever time frame we deem appropriate), and everyone who wants to write on that assigned topic submits their blog permalink when they're done, and the hostee can post a list of links to all the different blogs.

Personally, though, I think it would benefit us all - as in everyone who participates - if everyone posted the list of links. But then, that's something I've already mentioned before in other threads.

Anyway, just want to stress that blog carnivals don't have to be done exactly the same way that others do them. :)

KellyC
07-28-2006, 06:43 PM
All great points Laurie. I've only participated in the one carnival (http://advisor.triphub.com/2006/07/travel_carnival.html). It was really easy because I actually submitted an old post that fit the theme. I linked to the host's site and one other post I liked. But you're right - we would all benefit if all participants included the entire list. The carnival approach would make the list-making more streamlined too. We'd all have the list the same day as we posted to the carnival (rather than a month later when the chain's completed).

L M Ashton
07-28-2006, 07:01 PM
Oh! Kelly, would you want to change the choices so that we can choose one or more options instead of being limited to just one? I don't know that it really has to be an either/or. Part of what I'm thinking is that, if there's enough interest, one person can get started on one thing while person B gets started on something else and person C starts something else a week later and they overlap in terms of some participants.

Well, that's just me thinking big again. :)

Sury
07-28-2006, 08:44 PM
Having participated in a few blog carnivals, I think it's one of the best ways to blog together. It gives everyone adequate time to put their posts up (the chain system can get a touch stressful at times since you must finish your post fast to take the chain forward etc.). Also, the diversity of blog entries on a single theme is always a treat to relish.

Personally, I prefer the carnival idea to the chain one. I agree both are great fun, though. :)

Sury

KellyC
07-28-2006, 08:50 PM
Thanks for voting on this - keep it coming folks. I only put the poll up for one week. I'm off for the weekend - so I'll chat with you all next week!

Have a great weekend!

Peggy
07-28-2006, 09:56 PM
It did seem like this last chain took a long time. Maybe it is getting too big.

I really like the idea of a blog carnival. If we did that, who would pick the theme, and would the theme change each week? Maybe the host of the carnival would get to pick the theme?

Forbidden Snowflake
07-29-2006, 01:55 AM
I don't like the carnival theme thing.

I really don't mind if the chain takes long, then again we could introduce a time limit, if within 48 hours someone hasn't posted it's automatically the next one that is up.

mdin
07-29-2006, 01:55 AM
I can't really care what we do or how we do it. Just tell me what I'm supposed to do and when, and I'll be there with bells on.

KellyC
07-30-2006, 05:29 AM
Oh! Kelly, would you want to change the choices so that we can choose one or more options instead of being limited to just one? I don't know that it really has to be an either/or. Part of what I'm thinking is that, if there's enough interest, one person can get started on one thing while person B gets started on something else and person C starts something else a week later and they overlap in terms of some participants.

Well, that's just me thinking big again. :)

I'm sorry - I don't know how I missed this post earlier! I'm back now and tried to change it, but don't know how - if someone could explain, I'll be glad to do that.

By the way, no reason we can't have periodic carnival AND a chain that takes us so long we turn grey;)

Tienci
07-31-2006, 02:19 AM
By the way, no reason we can't have periodic carnival AND a chain that takes us so long we turn grey;)

I was about to say this- why can't we do both? I'd like to try the carnival thing but I also like the chain.

DTKelly
07-31-2006, 06:15 AM
I vote for doing both. ;)

KellyC
07-31-2006, 06:16 AM
Aaaaannnnnd they're neck and neck - Long Chain and Carnival are coming into the quarter mile mark, both looking strong. This is gonna be a close one folks.

We may be in for a tie.

L M Ashton
07-31-2006, 08:53 AM
Which just confirms that we should do both. :)

KellyC
07-31-2006, 08:57 AM
I'll close the polls;)

L M Ashton
07-31-2006, 12:44 PM
Nah, leave them open. It's summer, things are slow, people aren't here as frequently. Given them time to throw in their 2 rupees, too. :)

Forbidden Snowflake
07-31-2006, 01:31 PM
Both then, cool :)

KellyC
07-31-2006, 04:04 PM
Sounds good -- I don't know how to close the poll anyway.

L M Ashton
07-31-2006, 05:26 PM
:D Me either. :)