Assuming my flight wasn’t brought down by bird strike, I probably just started my program at the scintillating ScienceOnline09 science blogging conference. I’ve been given the honor of moderating a session entitled Blog carnivals: why you should participate. The short summary of this session is as follows:

What is a blog carnival? A hub, an aggregator, or a magazine? How does it work? Is there any kind of “peer-review” involved? Why should you participate? What do you need to know if you want to start a new carnival?

All excellent questions, right? Here is the agenda to cover all that and more:

1. What is a blog carnival?

2. What are the benefits of participating in a blog carnival?

3. Which carnivals should a nature or science blogger participate in?

4. How does one host a successful blog carnival?

5. How does one create a successful blog carnival?

I’m looking forward to an edifying and engaging discussion! But if you’re not in Research Triangle Park, NC today to participate, don’t fret… I’ll be blogging about each of those topics, or at least the ones I haven’t already written endlessly about, on both 10,000 Birds and the Nature Blog Network blog over the next month. Just add your questions in the comments!

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.