Calling All Carnies!

Ladies and Gentlemen! Children of all ages!
Please direct your attention to the blogger in the top hat, Dean from Inspired by a True Story. Dean is doing his part to foster a stronger community of bloggers who write about daily life, so he has raised the big top, tightened the high wire, and packed up the clown car in honor of his new blog carnival, Carnival of the Mundane.
What’s a blog carnival, you ask? An excellent question, since that’s exactly what I asked. I thought my countless hours of internet surfing had taught me a thing or two, but I was unfamiliar with the concept, so here’s Dean’s explanation:

A blog carnival is a post published by a single blogger (whoever is hosting that edition) and consists of a collection of links to other posts that have been emailed to the host. The host then tries to present the links to those posts in single post of his or her own with a little context, maybe even some clever commentary.
I’m thinking of a carnival for those of us whose material is everyday stuff, a showcase for those dedicated to drawing out the humor or insight from the humdrum.
I’m calling it the “Carnival of the Mundane.”

Dean will be looking for folks to submit entries to be included in his first carnival, so get your tickets, grab some cotton candy, and head on over to Dean’s place to learn more. He’s the second booth past the Bearded Lady.

10 Responses to “Calling All Carnies!”

  1. Dean Says:

    Thanks for bringing this to people’s attention. I hope I’m not the only one who wants to do this.

  2. Jessica Says:

    Sound fun, Jen – but you are too hard on yourself…just because you have a few stray chin hairs does NOT make you bearded, dear.

  3. jenny Says:

    Dean – my pleasure! I have only one request: please do not allow Jessica from Daughter of Opinion to either submit or host a carnival. It has recently come to my attention that her work is full of malicious lies, and I am in the process of slapping her with a libel suit.
    Bearded lady, indeed! :)

  4. Cheryl Says:

    Oh my god, I love carnivals! One of my college profs was even a beared lady (this is why I recommend art school). And I love the mundane! I have the posts about apartment hunting and frozen bread dough to prove it. I’m heading straight over to Dean’s place.

  5. The Scarlett Says:

    I thought you should know that your comment orgy inspired me to write a definition at the Urban Dictionary web site. You should check out the entry for comment orgy; I think you will be interested in the example.

  6. Jessica Says:

    Dean, I’ll be in touch!

  7. jenny Says:

    Cheryl: Clearly you were meant to be a carnie. Please stop bathing and lose all your front teeth.
    TS: Too funny! Now maybe there will be orgies cropping up all over the internet, because, you know, there’s not enough smut online already.
    Jess: Expect a phone call from my mother. Sicilians do not take kindly to flippant references to facial hair.

  8. shari Says:

    Um, carnivals frighten me. I mean, I know just enough Spanish to know what carne means.

  9. Jessica Says:

    Jen – I laughed so loudly (and oddly) on your last comment to me that my son called out from upstairs, “Mom…are you okay??”
    He sounded genuinely concerned.
    I won’t even attempt to “one up” you – you are too darn funny, lady!

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