Welcome to version 3.0 of the Carnival of the Vanities. It’s been much rumored that the 209th edition of CoTV would be its last. I’m happy to say that isn’t the case. In the two weeks since that annoucement was made and I made the offer to continue the Carnival, I have received 26 entries for this edition. After sifting through all the entries, I was quickly able to determine that maybe 12 of those weren’t suitable for CoTV. Most of those 12 were submitted through Blog Carnival and are not examples of the author’s best writing, but are examples of commercial writing. I am not going to exclude those this week. I’m going to post links to them at the bottom of this post and let you all vote in the comments section as to whether similar entries should be included in future editions of the Carnival.
It’s been much discussed that the Carnival of the Vanities is obsolete and no longer serves a purpose. I don’t think that’s so. The value of CoTV may have changed and CoTV may have to evolve a little, but the purpose of CoTV has not changed. Carnival of the Vanities has always been intended to shine the spotlight on works that might not see the light of day otherwise. It is meant to highlight writings that the author feels at least deserve a reading. Whether entries are truly the best that the blogosphere has to offer is debatable, but CoTV at least preserves a platform for writers to air their views and highlight their talent. Judging from the number of entries I received, the interest in using CoTV as that kind of platform is still there.
The question remains as to whether CoTV is still capable of delivering readers, however. At four years of age, CoTV is a little long in the tooth and many readers have long since abandoned CoTV for niche Carnies like Carnival of the Cats and Carnival of the Capitalists. CoTV is no longer likely to deliver the landslide of traffic that people have come to expect.
I have a different philosophy on this than most. Whereas I value a good traffic spike as much as the next blogger, I realize that the value of those spikes is fleeting. Most of those readers will never visit your blog again. They aren’t really fans of great writing as they are followers of fashion, following whatever link Instapundit might decide to throw up next. To me, those readers hold less value than the one that comes back every week or every day or even every hour. Those readers, the ones that are fans of your writing, will find you if you are patient and keep writing every day. If your vanity is well-founded and your writing actually does deserve the recognition you think it does, readers will come. It may not happen overnight and it may not be as rewarding as heavy volume, but the value is still there.
Because of that, Carnival of the Vanities lives still and will continue to live as long as there are writers who want their works to shine in that spotlight. Readers may not come in droves, but those that are fans – true fans – will come and those are the people CoTV values the most.
So, without further Ado, lets get this Carnie started.
Mad Kane has two entries in this week’s Carnival. Her first is an Ode to Spinach. It seems to me that she takes needless delight in the recent E.Coli scare. Some of us like spinach, Mad!
She also writes on How to Disorganize Your Life in 15 steps. This one I do not need help with. Mad, like myself, is obviously a list maker. I love lists. It’s the OCD, I’m sure.
Also in the humor category, Buckley F. Williams from The Nose on Your Face reveals the forementioned Spinach scare as a terrorist plot by Al Defeqaeda, “a dangerous vego-fecal terror network that spans the nation and possibly beyond.”
In other news, i, squub bought a new TV. Holy crap did he buy a new TV. All that work just to watch the Steelers lose to Jacksonville. It’s a shame.
Mark A. Rayner over at The Skwib starts to delve into religion and politics as the leader of the First Church of the Noodly Norsemen lashes out at the Pope, suggesting he and other priests are child molestors. But he’s just saying. On something of a related note, my mother traced our geneology to Denmark or Norway. We, honest to God, have an ancestor named “Halfdan the Aged”. It’s what I’m going to name my first son.
While we’re on the topic of religion, me-ander explores The Magic of Tshuva and explains how every day can and should be lived in the spirit of Yom Hakippurim. Repent for the end is near!
Well, it could be anyway. You never know. And that’s his point.
Speaking of Judaism, Wa Salaam manages to equate Secularism, Communism and Zionism with Judaism. He uses somewhat spurious logic to make the case while asking “Is this My America?”. Go forth and debate, my children.
Christians don’t get off lightly either. Leslie Carbone writes about the recent execution of Christian militants in Indonesia and the violent reaction of their Christian followers against Muslims.
Trending away from religion and into politics, Abe Linkum decries Hugo Chavez’s supporters in America’s black community in a post called “Jiggy Lube”. That’s just asking for trouble.
Also addressing recent news items, Fearless Philsophy for Free Minds presents a Treatise on Treaties. In it he manages to equate the Geneva Conventions with the arrest of Duane “Dog” Chapman in Mexico. No shit. Give it a read.
Getting local, Riversider reflects on a ramble down the Ribble at Frenchwood Rec. Say that five times fast.
While not adressing a particular headline, Koranteng speaks to the culture of fear created by the Department of Homeland Security and Recent Non-Specific General Threats.
And that’s it for the 210th edition of the Carnival of the Vanities. There were more entries but I am exerting a little editorial control henceforth. It’s one of the things the previous CoTV caretaker, Zeuswood, suggested as necessary if CoTV were to proper into the future. I am going to link the remaining entries below. They are, in my mind, overtly or covertly commercial or not representative of the original spirit of the Carnival of the Vanities. Please feel free to post comments below if you disagree with my classification of a particular item. I am open to reconsidering all posts.
The 211th edition of CoTV will be right here at Silflay Hraka next Wednesday, October 4th. You can submit posts to me via email at kehaar at this blogs URL or through Blog Carnival. Many thanks to everyone who submitted an item for this week’s CoTV and to all of you who have supported CoTV through the years. God bless you.
Personal and Humor
Bill Confesses his addiction to coffee and offers help for those trying to quit.
Michelle at The American Inventor Spot lists 10 Ways Not to Get Dumped.
Wayne Hurlbert expounds on the benefits of group blogging at Blog Business World. See a good example at Fishin’, Drinkin’ & Stinkin’.
David St. Lawrence at Ripples suggests you should move beyond your comfort zone in personal and business life.
David Porter at Pacesetter Mortgage answers the question: “Do I need a land survey when I buy real estate?” Okay, I linked this one but things like this will definitely not make it into future installments of CoTV. Don’t bother to submit them. There probably is a carnival out there for it though.
The Value of the Unique Selling Proposition. Ditto.
Persuasion: Five Points To Improve Your Voice Communication. See above.
Keys to Happiness: A Canadian Rockies Recap.
Low Cost Airlines Part 2
Home Remedies for Anemia
Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease Quiz
Internet Ad Revenue Growth Slower“ Is That Indicative of Something Bigger?
The Original “Long Tail” Entrepreneur
Upon further review, most of the categorized entries at the bottom will not make it into future installments. I am going to use my own editorial sense as to whether material is appropriate for the Carnival or not. I’m not going to waste my time with stuff that is obviously commercial. Thanks again for your continued support of the Carnival of the Vanities!