Blogcarnival? Isn’t that like a flea circus?Go to fullsize image

I’m not sure if this is smart, or smacks of flopsweat desperation.  Which probably means that I’ll try it while being somewhat revulsed with myself for trying it.

To be charitable, a Blogcarnival is an attempt to boost the signal-to-noise ration inherent to the “everybody yapping at the top of their lungs alla time” ethos of the blogosphere.  As I posted earlier, if all shall talk, then who shall listen?  And as a tool to syndicate your content and increase page traffic if you’re actually producing something worth reading, it ain’t bad.  I think.

From the Blog Carnival FAQ:

A Blog Carnival is a particular kind of blog community. There are
many kinds of blogs, and they contain articles on many kinds of topics.
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,
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.

There is so much stuff in the blog-o-sphere, just finding
interesting stuff is hard.
If there is a carnival for a topic you are interested in, following
that carnival is a great way to learn what bloggers
are saying about that topic. If you are blogging on that topic, the
carnival is the place to share your work with like-minded bloggers.

the place to come to find carnivals you are interested in, to submit
your blog articles to carnivals where they belong, and to organize and
maintain carnivals.

In theory, this is a really decent selfless act. Which of course makes me really, really suspicious.  Because if there’s one thing that even a little bit of websurfing will teach you, it is that that which seems to be too good to be true … ALWAYS IS.  You never get the free Playstation 3.  Hot chicks DO NOT want to bone you (and probably don’t live in your neighborhood anyway). There is no Nigerian prince with $10 million in an Amsterdam bank account, begging for your help.  And drunken Germans on Malibu beach don’t have a secret carburetor that will boost you car’s mileage to 75 city and 133 highway. (that last one is probably just mine, but bear with me…)

If this is a honeypot, I can only surmise that the rationale behind it would be to draw a whole bunch of links and traffic in and out of the Blogcarnival site, whereup they would make coin off the referrals or Google AdSense words?

I guess I’ll let y’all know.

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