|Queen of the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This carnival is one of the largest in the world. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
These were the days of blog carnivals, and - wait a second - "what is a blog carnival," you ask? Good question. I don't think they exist any more, so I better explain what I'm talking about. There was a website called BlogCarnival.com (it doesn't exist anymore) that listed all the blog carnivals and provided a portal for us to submit posts for consideration by various carnivals. Each blog carnival focused on a specific topic area (e.g., liberal politics, education, atheism, economics) and was held anywhere from once a week to once a month, depending on the specific carnival. A different blog hosted each edition of each carnival in the form of a blog post. Submissions accepted by the host were included in the carnival post in the form of links to recent blog posts pertaining to the topic of the carnival. Some hosts would write a traditional link post; others would craft the entire carnival post into more of a narrative (here's an example).