Stock Picking, Insurance, Saving Money, & Blog Carnival Overload

February 25, 2007

Why Blog carnivals? The concept is to provide readers a quality collection of recent articles on a given topic and blog owners the opportunity to make their writings known.

Since the first blog carnival in September of 2002 the number of carnivals has continually grown, with Blog Carnival now reporting a total of 1149 carnivals and 165 new carnivals in the past 30 days (14% increase in one month).

There has been talk in the blogosphere lately as to whether the quality of carnivals has decreased while the quantity of carnivals and carnival submissions has increased. I think as the interest in blogging and publicizing ones blog has grown, so has the blog carnival “industry”.

Some common complaints about trends in blog carnivals are articles being submitted to more than one carnival, people submitting irrelevant articles, and the extraordinarily large number of articles submitted to popular articles. Basically it boils down to readers and carnival hosts having to spend more time filtering irrelevant content. I suspect that the blogging community will eventually come up with solutions to these issues but in the meantime, don’t shy away from the carnivals because they have alot of good information to offer.

Carnvial Roundup
Stock Market Beat hosted both the Carnival of Investing and the Carnival of Personal Finance this week. My entries were Too Chicken to Buy Stocks and a post about buying more insurance once you have a baby.

I participated in the Cavalcade of Risk for the first time with an entry on How to Lower Your Homeowners Insurance Premiums Without Even Trying.

I actually missed out on the Festival of Frugality this week but did publish an article in the Festival last week at Hustler Money Blog entitled How to Save Money and Save Your Spouse from Embarrassment.


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