Monday, December 26, 2005

Ways to help the Carnival of Homeschooling

1) One of the most important things to make a blog carnival a success is for it to have interesting posts. So submit your best post from the last week.

2) The other really important thing is to spread the word. Please tell people about the Carnival of Homeschooling, especially after it comes out. Mention the carnival on your blog, email to your friends about it, mention it to your local homeschool groups, beg your family to read it, and tell any related mailing lists you are on about it.

3) If you would like host a Carnival of Homeschooling, first check out a few carnivals to get a sense of what they are like, for example the Carnival of Education and the Carnival of Unschooling. Next read this post and this post about the work involved in putting together a blog carnival. If you are still interested in hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling, send Henry Cate an email to tell of your interest, and when you are available.

It will greatly improve the time you host the Carnival of Homeschooling if you have a theme to structure the postings. Most of the readers of a carnival will be people who haven't spent much time thinking about homeschooling, and so we want to try to entice them to read the various postings the carnival links to, and to encourage them to come back next week for the next carnival. So start thinking now about a way to make your carnival post very entertaining and interesting. The structure might be around old movies, cities, a tabloid, and so on.

Update I (23 Jan 06)

These are some additional posts about hosting a carnival:


If you have any additional ideas on how people can help make the carnival of homeschooling successful, please add a comment.

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