Friday, January 23, 2009

Calling All Horse Bloggers...........

I want to remind all you horse bloggers out there that I will be hosting a blog carnival on February 1, 2009. The deadline for submissions is January 30. So far I have only two submissions and I know there are lots more great posts out there in horse blogiville that would be worth sharing.

For those who don't know about blog carnivals, it's a group of articles with common themes (in this case horses) from different bloggers posted on a "host" site to form an online magazine.

From blog carnival: We think blog carnivals are a great way for bloggers to recognize each other's efforts, organize blog posts around important topics, and improve the overall level of conversation in the blogosphere. Carnivals come in edited "editions", just like magazines or journals. The fact that carnivals are edited (and usually annotated) collections of links lets them serve as "magazines" within the blogosphere, and carnival hosts can earn their readership by providing high quality collections.

What they don't tell you is about how blog carnivals can work for you. Whether you see readership as a means to an end in your business or a way to connect with people of common interest, a blog carnival is a good vehicle to get seen in the vast world of the internet. The more people who read your blog, the more connections there are to be made.

The reason a blog carnival is helpful building readerships has to do with something called "back links." The host site posts the articles with links to the bloggers who wrote them. The bloggers who submit articles also post links to the host advertising their participation in the carnival. This creates "back links" between the host and the writers of the articles which are an important part of good search engine placement. Regular participation in blog carnivals can help boost a blog's search engine ranking which in turn generates more readership.

What I like about blog carnival's is it gives me an opportunity to build my back links AND highlight posts I think have special relevance or maybe something I thought was particularly fun. They also give me the opportunity to see what my blogging buddies particularly liked, that I may have missed or since forgotten.

With the numbers of horse blogs growing like they are (I can no longer keep up with daily visits because there are just too many!), a blog carnival is a great way to give those new blogs some exposure to more readers. It sure would be great to get this new year of horse carnivals off and running with some new faces and fresh perspective on the subject of horses as well as .........A Gathering of Old Friends......and New!

There are loads of great articles from these previous horse blog carnivals hosted here.

Carnival of the Horses from all Kinds of Horse Mommy Bloggers

MiKael's Mania - Arabian Horses Welcomes the 4th Horse Lovers Blog Carnival

Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of the horses using our carnival submission form
Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page

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  1. Oh Gosh! I didnt realize you were hosting MiKael! Let me dig around and I'll join in for sure!!

  2. Been a long time since I've done a carnival. Have you got a theme?

  3. Hello, thanks for the nice comment. Yes I am so lucky to have found "Trouble" haha, yes my "sista" was having fun as well. It was the best weekend. Nothing like good friends,and a wonderful husband to make you smile and be thankful for life.
    A carnival huh? How fun. I am not really a horse only blog. Several of my blog friends are. Sounds like a great idea.

  4. sounds interesting. i've never done a blog carnival... :-\

  5. Does it have to be new material or can we use a post we have done in the past?

  6. Mrs Mom, Good deal, it will be great to have you!

    Tracey, No on the theme. I didn't get a response from Linda and it's gotten too late to set it up now anyway.

    Train Wreck, you don't have to blog strictly about horses. I've seen your posts about ropin' and cowboy jeans LOL sounds to me like a perfect fit for the carnival. What do you say??

    jme, I hope you'll give it a try. AND I know Linda is looking for hosts as well.

    Tammy, nope, actually you supply a link to something you've already posted. Sometimes I like to go back and find and oldie but goodie that new people haven't seen and the long time readers would enjoy a refresher.

  7. cool! i don't know what to do, but i'm happy to participate or host if i can figure out how :-)

  8. jme, first off to participate just click on the link and then fill in the form. There will be a spot for the URL of the post you want to submit.

    As far as hosting, leave a comment on Hoofbeats telling Lynda you would like to host and she'll get you into the system.

    It's pretty simple. It gets set up so that the submissions come to you in email form. And when the entries close you get a lay out you're supposed to be able to cut and paste. I have had issues with that in the past so I usually take the info off the emails and figure out my own lay out. Sometimes I'll put them together in groups according to topic and make some kind of comment about each if the person submitting them didn't.

    I also preview each submission because occassionaly a spammer will try and slip something through.

    If you know how to add links to your posts, you're in great shape. You tell people ahead of time you are going to be hosting. and remind them a few times as the time draws near. Providing the submission form with each reminder is helpful. And you remind people to link to the carnival telling their readers they are participating so the back links actually happen. It sounds like a lot but the hardest part is the remembering in the first place. I have a sticky note on my computer right now to keep me on top of it. LOL

  9. I really would like to participate in the carnival but every time I click on your link for the submission form, I get an error message (Safari can’t open the page “”. The error was: “Operation could not be completed. (kCFErrorDomainCFNetwork error 302.)” I've tried accessing the link through Safari, Firefox, and Opera - and still can't get there. Is it just me or are others having problems?

  10. the7msn, I have no idea. I am an IE user, not sophisticated enough to know about other browsers except that they exist. But if that won't work, just email the link to me risingrainbow at and I will add it manually.

  11. hey, i missed the deadline (i had a killer migraine yesterday and couldn't look at my computer screen at all!) is it too late to submit, or should i wait for the next one?

  12. jme, Lynda reset the deadline so you should be able to submit now. Let me know if you have problems risingrainbow at