I love blog carnival and blogswarms. I try to participate in them as much as I’m able (which is a lot less often than I’d like). Lately, it’s been occurring to me, with the blossoming of so many new, thoughtful, lush, sassy assistance-dog blogs that it might be time to start an AD carnival or to do a blogswarm.
However, this would require many interested participants:
- Sites to host the carnivals (if we went the carnival route);
- Bloggers to submit their posts;
- Readers to read the blogs!
What do you think? If you are a blogger, would you be interested in submitting/writing for AD carnivals?
If you are a reader, would you enjoy blog-hopping to learn more about more different types of ADs, blogs, and handlers/trainers?
My thinking on this is still in its embryonic stages, but here are my thoughts so far (feel free to disagree/suggest/tweak):
- All forms of ADs (guide, hearing, service, and all its permutations) most welcome.
- Any blog that is primarily or partly related to ADs could host, including puppy raisers, AD programs partner trainers, private AD trainers, family or individual handlers, SDiT blogs, etc. I think in the beginning, though, I’d like to give preference to partners/handlers as hosts.
- Those submitting/contributing posts for carnivals wouldn’t have to be AD partners/trainers/etc., or have blogs devoted to the topic, but their carnival post would have to be “on topic.” For example, a veterinarian could contribute a post about treating a service dog; a PWD could post about their decision-making process as to whether to partner with a guide, hearing, or service dog — including choosing not to; a friend or family member of an AD partner could write about what it’s like to have an AD “in the family,” etc.
- Based on my own limitations and the assumption that many hosts might also have trouble meeting deadlines, I think perhaps a quarterly carnival would be often enough, and if that goes well, perhaps expand to bimonthly, to keep the pressure low.
- We could also consider opening the carnival up to working dog blogs — not just assistance dogs. This could include SAR, police K9s, herding dogs, dog actors, etc.
Please comment on my questions and ideas, above. Also, please pass this post along to any other bloggers you think might want to weigh in. Thank you!