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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

How to host the Carnivale of Couture

The Bargain Queen recently hosted the Carnivale of Couture, run by the super-fantastic shoe blogger Manolo - and frankly had no idea what she was doing. Today she's sharing what she learnt along the way. So if you're a blogger and have thought about hosting the Carnivale of Couture but don't know what to do, read on!

(Some of this advice is applicable to other blog festivals as well. If you'd like to see which other festivals are out there, check out the Blog Carnival Index.)

Step one: ask the host
If you'd like to host the Carnivale of Couture, the first thing to do is email Manolo and ask if you can host it one week. Don't feel like you have to have a topic already; Manolo recently said:

The Manolo would also wish you to know that step of choosing the topic it is not absolutely necessary.

If you are the next host of the Carnivale and you cannot devise the suitable topic, do not panic. Many other blog carnivals do not have the weekly topic, in the stead they ask each participant to select what they believe to be their best post from the previous week, which then becomes the submission for the carnival.

The important thing is to be included in the upcoming schedule; if you're not on the schedule, you're not going to host it!

Step two: post your topic before 'your week'
When you're added to the schedule, Manolo will tell you which week is 'your week'.

While The Bargain Queen is usually regarded as reasonably intelligent, this got her all confused. In Australia, 'week of June 12th' would usually mean 'week beginning June 12th' so she was all set to post her topic on the Monday of her week... which is when her Carnivale was actually supposed to finish. Oops! Thankfully the fabulous Designer Ella set her straight before her week was all over. Thanks Ella!

So if you'd like to be cleverer than The Bargain Queen, post your topic to your blog a few days before the Monday of your week. Then email Manolo so he knows you're ready to go.

Step three: read STACKS of email
Once Manolo posts on his blog saying that your topic is up, be prepared for an avalanche of email. Manolo is a very popular man and anything he mentions gets a lot of attention - including the Carnivale. The Bargain Queen received about 30 full responses to her topic, plus a whole lot of related comments on her blog; you'll probably experience something similar.

So make sure you've set aside a few hours to read it all!

Step four: post on your blog
When you've read all the responses, it's time to post links to them all on your blog. The Bargain Queen's not about to tell you how to post on your blog; you already know how to do that! Hosting the Carnivale in your own inimitable way keeps it interesting, so don't feel like you have to ape anyone else.

But if you would like to see some examples of what other people have done first, check out:
Or if you're feeling really inspired, you could check out Manolo's Carnivale of Couture archive.

Step five: have fun!
Not so much a step as a general tip: have fun hosting your Carnivale! It doesn't have to be super-serious or hard work; just have a good time with it and enjoy all the extra attention ;)

Happy hosting everyone!

PS: If anything in this post contradicts something you've heard elsewhere, please post a comment and let us know; occasionally The Bargain Queen does get things wrong!

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  • At 6:59 am, Blogger Rebecca said…

    Thank you. And just in time for me hosting next week.

    Hopefully, I will be posting my topic sometime within the next 24 hours.

  • At 9:06 am, Blogger The Bargain Queen said…

    Fantastic! I'm looking forward to seeing your topic

  • At 10:30 am, Blogger KRiSTOPHER DUKES said…

    Ooh la love. I've been wondering how to get up on this carnival action. Thanks for the tips. when you can.

  • At 4:43 pm, Blogger The Style Bard said…

    Wait, so.. does Rebecca's begin or end on Monday the 5th? I thought it was Fashion is a Verb ending the 5th and Rebecca beginning... eek, I go in a few weeks and now I'm super confused!

  • At 4:59 pm, Blogger The Bargain Queen said…

    Sorry, I didn't mean to confuse you!

    Fashion is a Verb posted their Carnivale yesterday so their week is over. Rebecca said her topic will be up soon and her week will end on the 5th.

    So if I've got this right, your week starts on the 20th and ends on the 26th.

    I hope that makes sense this time!

  • At 5:24 pm, Anonymous Designer Ella said…

    Thank you dearly for the compliment!

    Actually, in America, "the week of" means beginning on that day. But this is a special Carnival thing. Since there is no set topic posting day, but it's trés important to remember entry posting day, this is how we say it!

    It's funny, but I use the week of in a similar way sometimes in blogging. When I do a recap and title my URLs, I use the week's ending date. Just something only amusing to myself, I suppose.

    Anyway, I maybe didn't quite get 30 responses by e-mail, but I got wonderful ones! I was so pleased.

    My favorite part was coming up with cute things to say in my entry recaps! Fun!!

  • At 8:12 am, Anonymous Shoes Guide said…

    Many thanks to the bargain queen for this helpful article. I didn't realize I was supposed to start before the "week starting" date either -- to this was just in time! Thanks! :)

  • At 3:57 pm, Blogger The Bargain Queen said…

    Glad I could help!

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