Is it possible that some human beings in the year 2010 don’t know what a blog carnival is? Believe it or not, the answer is yes. In fact, it’s safe to say that most people, maybe even most bloggers, have no idea what a blog carnival is. That’s too bad, as a vibrant blog carnival is the perfect vehicle for gifted bloggers to reach their natural audiences.

I know a thing or two about blog carnivals; not only have I participated in and hosted my fair share, I’ve also written guides about participating and hosting and even spoken about them at science conferences and birding festivals. The reason for this is that blog carnivals represent much of the best of online media. Consider the carnival a periodic anthology of links riffing off a theme. A blog carnival that serves your interest will expose you to many of the most active and engaging writers in that niche.

If you’re interested in wild birds or birding, I and the Bird is the carnival for you. Since July 2005, I and the Bird has connected many hundreds of bird bloggers to bird and nature lovers around the world.  While new contributors join us all the time, we’re lucky to have a core of contributors who participate and host the carnival regularly. This edition of IATB is hosted by a carnival stalwart, The Ridger over at The Greenbelt. Get to know her through her blog after enjoying her road-tested edition of I and the Bird #137.

Now that you’re hooked (right?), stay tuned for our next edition, hosted by the scintillating Susannah aka Wanderin’ Weeta. If you’re a bird blogger, make this the one to which you contribute. Just send a link to your very best recent birding or wild bird post to me or Susannah (wanderinweeta AT gmail DOT com) by November 9 for the 11/11 edition. And if you still have questions about blog carnivals, don’t hesitate to ask!

Written by Mike
Mike is a leading authority in the field of standardized test preparation, but he's also a traveler who fully expects to see every bird in the world. Besides founding 10,000 Birds in 2003, Mike has also created a number of other entertaining but now extirpated nature blog resources, particularly the Nature Blog Network and I and the Bird.