Blog Carnival – What, Why, When & How?

by Suba on July 2, 2011 · 21 comments

Blogging gets very lonely, esp. in the early stages. When I started blogging, I stumbled across “blog carnival” and it took me quite sometime to get what they are and how they worked. After talking about it in the Yakezie forums, I decided to put this together as a reference for bloggers – for beginners, to quickly get how they worked; for experienced bloggers, as an easy way to remember and fit all the carnivals in their schedule.

What is a blog carnival?

Carnival in general is a celebration or a big party. Blog carnival (sometimes called as Blog festivals) is the same concept – it showcases best posts in the blogosphere in any particular area based on the carnival theme. Personal finance blog carnival rounds up best personal finance posts from various blogs. Generally blog carnival is “travelling”, meaning, each week (or based on the frequency of the blog carnival, each month) a blog will host the carnival. They will collect the links and present it to their readers in their blog. It is not just a collection of links, a blog carnival can be much more interesting. You can weave a story around it, give some interesting facts or make it different in any way you like. The more interesting the carnival, more people will visit and talk about it.

Why should you participate in a blog carnival?

You get to be in front of the hosting blog’s audience AND you get a link. What more do you need? No. you don’t have to pay for it.

What blog carnivals are available for personal finance niche & when & how to submit your post?

There are PLENTY of blog carnivals. As this is a personal finance blog, I will concentrate on personal finance blog carnivals. But there is a blog carnival for almost every niche you can think of.

Each blog carnival will has its own theme. The theme can be broad (anything personal finance) or narrow (only posts relating to tax or passive investing). Here are some common carnivals, their submission requirement, deadline and the link to the submission page. One common requirement for all the blog carnivals is you are required you link back to that week’s carnival in your blog.

If you have written a post that you think will be good for these carnivals, you can submit them before the deadline – click on the deadline of each carnival for the submission link.

 

Blog Carnival ( Link goes to the main carnival page) Submission Requirement/weekly or monthly Deadline to submit (click on the hyperlink to go to submission page) 
Carnival of Personal Finance Anything personal finance. The post you submit to this carnival cannot be submitted to any other carnivals. Weekly. Sunday 5PM EST
Totally Money blog carnival Anything personal finance. You can submit the post submitted to other carnivals. Sunday evening at 6pm CST
Yakezie carnival Anything personal finance. You can submit the post submitted to other carnivals. Usually Saturday every week. (Check the Yakezie forums for the instruction on how to submit each week)
Canadian Finance carnival The Canadian Finance Carnival runs every Sunday. Any site can submit, but posts must be applicable to Canadians. This means no 401ks, US taxes and American credit card reviews. Usually Saturday every week.
Carnival of passive investing Passive investing topics only. Monthly. 6pm EST the evening before the Carnival
Carnival of value investing Value investing topics. Midnight Friday before the Last Saturday of the month EST
Festival of frugality Anything personal finance, but focus is on frugality. You can submit the post submitted to other carnivals. Evening before the carnival
Best of Money carnival Anything personal finance. You can submit the post submitted to other carnivals. Only 10 best posts will be chosen, so submit your best. 6 pm on Saturday EST
Carnival of debt reduction Anything related to debt reduction. You can submit the post submitted to other carnivals. 5 PM Sunday
Carnival of financial planning Financial planning – insurance, debt, retirement… You can submit the post submitted to other carnivals. Every Friday at 10:00 AM EST
Carnival of Road to Financial Independence Financial Independence, Frugal Living, Passive Income, Reducing Expenses, Beating Inflation. Monthly. You can submit the post submitted to other carnivals. 3rd Monday of every month.
Wealth Builder carnival Building, preserving and keeping enough wealth for a comfortable retirement. Biweekly. You can submit the post submitted to other carnivals. Sunday 6PM EST
Carnival of traders and investors Trading and investing. But I have seen general personal finance articles as well. Monthly. You can submit the post submitted to other carnivals. 17th of every month
Family finance carnival General family finances.  You can submit the post submitted to other carnivals. Every other Sunday at 5pm EST
Festival of stock Stock market and investing related. Weekly. Evening before the carnival
Cavalcade of Risk Insurance and managing your financial risks. Weekly Evening before the carnival
Carnival of Wealth Building wealth. Weekly. Every Friday midnight EST
The carnival of Financial Camaraderie Finance for students. Weekly. Every Friday @ 6:00PM Central time

 

How can I host a blog carnival?

Hosting a blog carnival can be a great idea, esp. for beginner blogger like us. There are several benefits -

  • You get a lot of visitors to check out the carnival. You get exposure. Esp. important for new bloggers.
  • Some of them might subscribe to your blog (the more interesting you make, the more probability they will stick around).
  • You get links from all the bloggers who participated in the carnival.

If you want to host, click on the link in the first column of the above table, which will take you to the main carnival page. There you can see the current hosting schedule, guidelines for the host and instructions on how to apply to host. Most carnival will require you to be a participant first before volunteering to host and your blog must be more 1-3 months old, but that is pretty much it.

A good carnival can get you a lot of visitors, comments and links.

How to be a good blog carnival host ? Start early. Don’t wait until you get all the submissions. Start with a theme and keep adding posts as they come. After you schedule the carnival post, send the url and encourage them to share it in the social media. If you don’t let them know, they won’t know that they are included in your carnival. So don’t forget to let the participant know that their post is selected. Promote it in social media.

There you have it. That is the whole story about blog carnivals. If I have missed a carnival or if a carnival is discontinued, let me know I will take it off the list.

Suba

Suba is the editor of Broke Professionals.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jacob @ My Personal Finance Journey July 2, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Thanks so much for putting this together!

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2 20 and Engaged July 2, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Awesome, thanks for linking to all the PF carnivals! I need to increase my submissions and see if that helps out.

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3 Kay Lynn @ Bucksome Boomer July 2, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Wonderful resource and great explanation. Thanks.

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4 Amanda L Grossman July 2, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Fantastic resource! Thank you:).

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5 Khaleef @ KNS Financial July 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm

I really appreciate you taking the time to put this together!

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6 Suba July 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Thanks Everyone. I will try to maintain this with uptodate information.

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7 Gen Y Capitalist July 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Great resource! I’ve been trying to figure out how to drive traffic to my newly launched blog.

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8 FruGal @ Totally Money July 5, 2011 at 10:17 am

This is really useful. I knew about most of them, but it is really handy to have them all listed in one place. I will definitely keep this post bookmarked

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9 SB(One Cent At A Time) July 9, 2011 at 7:39 am

Thank you for creating this list

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10 No Debt MBA July 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Finally! All in one place! I’ll be back often :)

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11 Financial Success for Young Adults September 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm

What a great resource! I stopped submitting to carnivals a long time ago because it was such a hassle trying to keep up with them all. This will be perfect for me! :)

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12 J.B from My University Money October 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Great Post! If you wouldn’t mind adding one more carnival to the list it would be appreciated, The carnival of Financial Camaraderie. http://blogcarnival.com/bc/cprof_14541.html . I’m working on a home page for this carnival on our site at the moment. Thanks!

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13 Suba October 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Updated JB.

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14 eemusings October 12, 2011 at 5:59 am

What a great roundup of resources! Thanks for compiling this.

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15 Jai Catalano January 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm

That’s my goal this year. Blog Carnivals all the way. Happy New Year from a newbie at the Yakezie Challenge

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16 Matt January 6, 2012 at 12:15 am

I just stumbled upon this post as well. Most of this I’ve already learned through Yakezie, but your list of Carnival’s with submission deadlines is going to be a wonderful resource to refer back to. Thanks for putting that together.

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17 Thomas Jensen January 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Just came across your website when I joined the Yakezie Challenge.
Awesome site – kudos! I really like your logo/font/style and tagline … for some reason it hits me. Wish I had thought of that tag-line myself :)
Thanks for this post on Blog Carnivals, I had no idea what this was all about and it makes me want to join/host a carnival!
Lstly, you seem to have really good success with your blog – I’d love your feedback on what I can improve on my own blog. I am always looking for ways to make it better!

Keep up the good work!
Thomas

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18 Josh @ Live Well Simply June 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Great list! I’ve bookmarked this page for future reference. Blog Carnivals are still somewhat of a mystery to me, but I understand the concept and hope to take advantage of them more.

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19 MakintheBacon$ July 21, 2012 at 9:40 pm

This is a great post that really breaks it down as to what a carnival is. So it isn’t about pony rides and cotton candy after all. I have been looking for a post like this for awhile now!It is so helpful to new bloggers like myself. I have been blogging for less than a month, but I hope to eventually become part of the carnival craze.

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