Monday, August 25, 2008

Hosting Guidelines

If you're interested in hosting a future edition of the Cancer Researh Blog Carnival (and we're always looking for new hosts!), first pick a day that you're interested in hosting. Upcoming editions and their availability are listed on the sidebar. Only the next three carnivals are listed, but if you prefer one further out that's no problem.

Once you find a date that suits you, let us know that you want to host. The best way to do that is to email bayblab[at] or use the contact form.

After you've been approved as a host (sorry: active bloggers only, no spam blogs) you'll be added to the list and will begin receiving submissions. Submissions made through will be automatically sent to the email address you provide. Submissions made by other means will be forwarded to you.

Hosting Responsibilities
Traditionally, hosts of the CRBC have done it in a straightforward style. Hosts of other carnivals sometimes take a more literary approach, presenting posts as imagined conversations or even choose-your-own-adventure stories. Your style as host is entirely up to you, as long as you include links to the posts submitted and a link back to this site. As host it will be your job to weed out spam or off-topic posts from those that fit criteria for inclusion. For first time carnival hosts, it's a good idea to check out previous editions of this carnival (on the right).

Once you're selected as a host, you should announce it on your blog, including the edition number, the date it will be posted and an link to the submission form. A repeat announcement a week before the carnival is due to be published is a good idea as well. Similarly, this site will be updated with information about your upcoming edition and again once it's published.

If you feel there isn't enough material for the carnival, you can solicit entries from bloggers if you've seen recent posts that warrant inclusion. Be polite about it and please don't spam other sites. A blog carnival is dependent on submissions from bloggers and it doesn't help to piss them off.

When it's time to post, try to do it in a timely manner. The carnival publishes the first Friday of each month. It doesn't have to be the crack of dawn, but ideally not the stroke of midnight either.

Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the great content our readers have submitted.

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