Friday, November 14, 2008

Announcing The Holiday Spirit Blog Carnival

"Snowflakes " courtesy of TouTouke

Given that Christmas is around the corner and the challenging times that most of us are facing today Systems-Overload is very excited to announce that “The Holiday Spirit” blog carnival is coming to this corner of the internet in the near future.

I was first introduced to Blog Carnival in a post from Think Simple Now. I decided to give it a try and have participated in several (in fact you can find most all of the blog carnivals that I’ve participated in here). Blog carnivals are nice because there is a wide variety of themes to choose from and they provide topics ranging from finance, health, business, making money online, to art history, and all kinds of other themes. When you find a theme that you’re interested in and look at one of the published editions you’ll typically see links to several different posts about that theme that usually cover different areas within that theme. Even if two of the posts cover the same area, the information provided or the point of view between the similar posts will, in fact, be different. Blog carnivals are also nice because they can introduce you to new blogs that you might not have found otherwise. The writers of the articles still host the articles on their blog but the blog carnival edition will provide a link to the post, so there is the added benefit to the author of increased exposure as well as potential traffic from the blog carnival. In edition there can be the long tail effect even months after the blog carnival edition is published as new people discover past editions. There are a lot of things that I like about blog carnivals and so I decided to give hosting one a try.

Although I’m not really a Winter person, that is to say that I’m not such a fan of the cold and sometimes extreme weather that many of us experience in this season, I do really like Christmas. I wrote several posts last year around various themes related to Christmas and thought that having a theme based on Christmas would be nice. While everyone out there isn’t necessarily Christian (Catholic, Protestant, or some of the other denominations), with the central theme being around the holiday spirit, it should allow for posts around Hanukkah, Ramadan, and other non-Christian celebrations, as well as topics that aren’t necessarily religious. This would be a good chance to provide people outside of your religious beliefs with some insight into traditions that your faith follows and what they mean. While this is not meant to be a “conversion” moment or propaganda, it does allow you the change to express yourself to people that are interested in learning more about the traditions of your faith and personal traditions. I’m also looking for holiday recipes, creative gift ideas, family traditions, inspiring stories, and a whole host of things related to this time of year. As many of us find ourselves in very challenging financial times, we’re more constrained in the budget that we have to spend on holiday gifts so I’d love to see a lot of posts on creative and inexpensive gift ideas as well as other things that you can do to make the most of this holiday season. Do you have a recipe for some holiday dish that has been very popular, why not share it?

How does this work? If you wish to read any or all of the upcoming editions all you need to do is subscribe to this blog via email or rss feed or check in weekly between November 24th and December 22nd as I will be hosting one edition per week. If you wish to participate, you’ll need to submit a post by going to “Submit your Blog Article to this Carnival”. This link also appears as an orange button on the right side within the blue title bar “Blog Carnival Blog Communites Publishing Magazines”. You’ll need to complete a form that will be generated. Within the form you’ll need to include a link to your post, I’d also suggest that “Select a category” from the drop-down menu, and in the text box following “Remarks”, please include some information about your post (this can be used when the carnival is published and will hopefully draw people to your post), and if you’re happy with the form you can then click submit. Note: you’ll probably need to become a member at Blog Carnival in order to submit or you might need to provide an email address as an anti-spamming measure, in either case there will be no charge to become a member at Blog Carnival or to submit articles. You’ll receive an automated email at the email address that you’ve provided, there is a good chance that it might end up in your junk or spam folder, so you’ll want to have a look there if you don’t see it in your inbox. It is pretty easy to submit articles, so why not be inspired by the Holiday Spirit.

If you’re The Holiday Spirit blog carnival and you go near the middle of the page you’ll notice tabs for “blog carnival” (this tab shows when the next issue is planned to be published and will link to where it is published); “past posts” (this tab will show past editions, after they’ve been published); and “future posts” (the tab shows all dates of the currently planned issues with links to their locations). All the links to any edition of “The Holiday Spirit” blog carnival are currently set as default to the Systems-Overload blog, but will be update as I know the url, which should be closer to the publication date, this means that when and issue has been published, that the link will be updated at Blog Carnival. I’ve planned the following publications dates…

Nov 24, 2008

Dec 01, 2008

Dec 08, 2008

Dec 15, 2008

Dec 22, 2008

The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year. Many people are cheerful, hopeful, and just plain accepting of their fellow humans. It is a time of the year where we can become kids again, by living vicariously through our own children and the gifts they receive or reminiscing about holidays past. We can enjoy some of the holiday dishes that go with the season as well as the other festivities associated with this time of year. I’m sure that I’ll have a glass of glüh-wine at one of the local Christmas markets between now and December 25th. Why not help spread a little holiday spirit of your own and submit your blog article I’ve already received some submissions for the first edition so I’m looking forward to seeing the submissions. So in addition to the other posts here at the Systems-Overload blog, be on the look out for some holiday spirit.

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