First of all, what is a blog carnival? According to the Blog Carnival FAQ (frequently asked questions) page, a blog carnival:
is a particular kind of blog community. There are many kinds of blogs, and they contain articles on many kinds of topics. Blog Carnivals typically collect together links pointing to blog articles on a particular topic. A Blog Carnival is like a magazine. It has a title, a topic, editors, contributors, and an audience. Editions of the carnival typically come out on a regular basis (e.g. every Monday, or on the first of the month). Each edition is a special blog article that consists of links to all the contributions that have been submitted, often with the editors opinions or remarks.
The Blog Carnival FAQ page is full of helpful information and should be a must-read for all those considering participating in a carnival. It explains who Organizers, Hosts, Bloggers, and the Audience are, as well as their roles and responsibilities within the carnival.
The Genea-Bloggers Group currently has seven opportunities each month to participate in six genealogy-related carnivals (although there certainly may be more out there on the Internet): the Carnival of Genealogy (posted twice a month), the "I Smile for the Camera" Carnival, the Cabinet of Curiosities, the Canadian Genealogy Carnival (brand new!), the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy, and the Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture. All of these carnivals use the Blog Carnival submission form.
There are currently three places that list all of these carnivals and when the submission deadlines are. The first is on my blog, AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors, under the Calendar of Events category. The first post of each month on my blog is always a Calendar of Events post, and among other things, I list all the carnival due dates for that month along with links to their respective submission forms on Blog Carnival:
Destination: Austin Family. He gives a tutorial on how to merge the Genea-Blogger Google Calendar to your own, which I personally find very useful, as I use Google Calendar and its handy e-mail reminders exclusively for my personal organizer. I know others use it and find it helpful as well:
Genea-Blogger Group page, Thomas also posts upcoming events that pertain to our group such as carnivals, memes, Scanfest, and other events of interest:
e-mail me, and I'll add them to this post):
1. First, write your post, making sure you are staying to the topic for that particular carnival. Go ahead and publish the post on your blog.
2. Look at the published post on your blog. On both Blogger and WordPress, when you hover your mouse over the title of the post, you will see the link to the Permalink URL in the taskbar at the bottom of your screen:
3. You can copy that link in several ways. If you are using Internet Explorer, you may wish to click directly on the title of the post. The page will reload, and then will show only that post and no others. Go up to the address bar, hover the cursor over the address, and right-click with your mouse on it. Choose "Copy":
(If you receive a message that says it no longer is receiving submissions, then you have passed the submission deadline and will have to wait until next time to submit a post. Oftentimes there is a three- or four-day wait between the submission deadline and the carnival publication date. It takes time to successfully write a quality carnival publication post!) You can add a short description of your post in the "Remarks" section: