You can now find the Blog Carnival Archive at http://www.roleplayingtips.com/rpg-blog-carnival/
Welcome to the RPG Blog Carnival Archive. Below you will find an archived list all the past carnivals ever run by the RPG blogging community at large! Scroll down and check out the archive! The carnival has been going strong in 2008, traveling from blog to blog and making hundreds of thousands of gamers happy in the process.
Have a blog of your own? Interested in contributing to the magic of the carnival? Skip to the bottom and see how.
Blogger carnivals are a way for a group of bloggers to all simultaneously write about the same topic. They are a great way to build community and dialogue across many different blogs at once. This benefits fans/readers of those blogs because they have the opportunity to explore lots of different viewpoints in a short period of time. It also benefits the bloggers because they get new readers to stop by and (from a technical point of view) it helps with SEO. Everyone wins.
Have a blog? Want to write for the RPG Bloggers Carnival? Easy – just write a post on the current month’s topic and in your post link to the Host’s blog post that announced the topic (see below). You can also drop by their blog and leave a comment on the announcement post to be sure – pingbacks don’t always work. That’s it. At the end of the month, the Host will write a round-up and include a link back to your article.
For now, if you want to sign up for the Carnival use the RPG Bloggers Network Google Group, email@example.com to post that you want to host. In that message include what the topic is, what month you want to do, and the URL for your Blog.
In the future, we may include better ways to sign up and to notify people.
If you want to sign up to be a host of the carnival, either post something on the RPG Bloggers Network Google Group, or leave a comment here. Let us know what the topic is, what month you want to host, and the URL for your blog and we’ll add it to the schedule. Snap! Easy.
If you are the host of the carnival, then plan on writing two posts at a minimum.
The first post announces the topic of the carnival – which is up to you! After all, you’re the host! Sometime people also optionally blog about the topic in the same post they made the announcement. Personally, I prefer to break it up so that the announcements come on the first of the month, leaving you time to develop your post later in the month. Your mileage may vary. Take a look at some of the previous carnivals to get some ideas. In general, it may also be a good idea to include a link to this Archive page for your readers to check out.
Your second post should be a “round-up” of the Carnival. This usually comes during the following month. You can at a minimum simply have a barebones post that links back to all the articles written by other blogs on the topic; or you can write a meaty discussion piece that links out to all the posts AND discusses the topics from your point of view. It’s pretty open / flexible – whatever works for you is OK, but the key thing is the “round up” should include links to all the blogs who participated in the Carnival you hosted.
Participating blogs (hosts and contributors) for each RPG Blog Carnival are encouraged to use the 'official' logo (shown above) when posting content related to the carnival. The logo was decided by popular vote and was designed by Reis O’Brien of the blog, Geek Orthodox. You can link to the image via the HTML code fragment listed below or download them and use them.