Blog Carnivals and Conferences

It appears there’s a whole new vocabulary emerging to help focus the data (all the 1s and 0s) in the online universe. One is called a Carnival.

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, contributors, 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.

Here’s a Blog Carnival focused on Education issues. I’ve also just learned about a Blog Conference. This one is focused on Hans Urs Von Balthusaar, one of the greats of 20th Century Religious Thought.

These are examples of the “spontaneous ordering” that makes the online world fun for some of us. A few needs exist: to find like-minded folks online and raise your own blog’s profile. Instead of fighting for limited space in current leading journals or because one’s interest does not have an online presence, bloggers are working together, creating new norms of participation, and sharing those methods themselves. I wonder if these phenomenon are are present to certain cultures, or if the online universe inherently creates new methods of communication and ordering.

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