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.