Everyone wants to host the Carnival of Personal Finance, but few first-time hosts realize that putting together a quality Carnival is a good amount of work. At the very least, there are a few guidelines to follow. However, the best Carnivals are the ones where the host puts in the extra effort to develop something unique or bring part of their personality into the presentation.
Punny Money’s #68 is a great example of a fun metaphor. For another creative example, take a look at Carnival #47 at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.
One idea, to make things more interesting, is to highlight some of your favorite submissions like I did for Carnival #53.
At the very least, read all the articles that were submitted and exclude spam and scams. As the host and editor, you have the prerogative to exclude any submission you think is inappropriate. However, it’s important to show respect to all submitters who are participating in good faith. In other words, don’t take the attitude like the one exhibited by okdork in #42. The host did highlight his favorites, but all others were shown little respect, and that’s not what this Carnival is about.
It’s tough because we all know that bloggers should be submitting their best of the week to the Carnival, but sometimes the quality is sub-par. In this situation, it’s best to highlight the best at the top or provide other notation, but don’t just blow off the rest.
By the way, when I host, I do not include all submissions, particularly those from who I know submit their articles in bulk to a multitude of Carnivals. I suggest all hosts perform some kind of editorial review, and at the very least read the submissions.
For further reading and some great tips, take a look at Be the Host With the Most over at 10,000 Birds. Free Money Finance also has some tips for hosting Carnivals.
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