You can catch Punny Money in two money-themed carnivals this week.
- Just Another Money Blog hosted the Carnival of Personal Finance and included my suggestions for a happy, lawsuit-free marriage.
- Financial Reflections put together the Festival of Frugality and pointed to my post on free online faxes.
I bet some of y’all are wondering why I haven’t been as active in carnival participation as I was back in April and May. To be quite frank, I was getting tired of them. One week after the next brought another plain, boring list of articles. Let me first say that a few people have put together really, really, really great carnivals in the past. And I like to think of myself as one of those people.
But what fun is there in being a “vendor” at a carnival that’s the same as all the rest? Sure, I’ll still get a few visitors from submitting to carnivals consisting of forty or so lines of “what’s-his-name at blah-ditty blah presents etc. etc. etc.,” but I always get far more people clicking through from carnivals that put in the extra effort to really wow their visitors.
Carnival hosts, you get a lot of traffic from running these events; and in exchange, I think you should do your best to put together a really stellar display that encourages those who attend your show to read a lot of the articles to which you link. Otherwise, you get all the benefits of being a carnival host while those whose works make up the carnival don’t.
You can call me mean and selfish (please don’t though!), but that’s just how I feel about the subject. Anyway, I’m hoping to see some terrific carnivals from you upcoming hosts, though I will probably stick with submitting to those which I know will do a better-than-average job of it. If I find out I’m the only one who thinks all this, maybe I’ll just give up and submit to every money carnival once again. Oh, and I hope you’ll remember to submit your articles when I’m hosting because you can count on me to put on a really great show.
And finally, I’d like to hear from everyone on this one: what makes a truly great carnival? What can the host do to ensure theirs is a memorable event that readers can enjoy and that sends loads of traffic to their participants? And what, if anything, is standing in the way of every new carnival being just as great as the last? Your suggestions and other comments are appreciated by myself and hopefully also by the carnival hosts and organizers.