Writing From Factor X

March 23, 2011

Changes Round The Blog

Filed under: Asexual Community — Sciatrix @ 9:52 pm

So there was a ton of interest in either having a long-term blog carnival or setting up an asexual group blog on last week’s post. Awesome!

The thing is, I’m not yet quite sure how I’d go about setting up a group blog or finding people who are used to posting regularly without trying to steal writers from other, existing blogs. So what I want to do on that front is this: I’m soliciting guest posts for Writing From Factor X. If you’d like to write a guest post on asexuality for the blog, please contact me at sciatrix@gmail.com and we’ll work something out. If you’re interested in writing about asexuality but don’t have the inclination or ability to do it on your own or run your own blog, this might be a good alternative.

The blog carnival idea is easier to deal with. I’m willing to host the first one here and solicit posts for it. However, usually the way that long-term blog carnivals work is that they travel: different people volunteer to host the carnival for each installment, which means that whoever is hosting collects the posts for that installment. The person who is hosting also usually picks the installment’s topic. Would anyone be willing to volunteer to host future rounds of this carnival? I’ve been thinking in terms of perhaps a monthly or bimonthly event.

More on that in a few days, when I’ve written the introductory post for the carnival out properly.


  1. I would host a future round of the carnival, that sounds very cool!

    Comment by Ily — March 23, 2011 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

  2. I like the idea of a blog carnival and would like to participate at the very least (depending on the topic, of course), though given how my non-internet life has been going lately I’m hesitant to volunteer to host it anytime soon. Maybe I’ll be able to once it calms down though.

    Comment by Elizabeth — March 23, 2011 @ 10:31 pm | Reply

  3. There is a blog carnival website, which streamlines the submission process, but I don’t know how well it works. Some other blog carnivals also maintain a blog to track where the carnival goes. But I think we should try it first and add those features on when we see the need.

    I’d be happy to host a carnival.

    Comment by Siggy — March 24, 2011 @ 12:05 am | Reply

    • Please don’t use the BlogCarnival.com website to organize the carnival. It’s inaccessible to people who use screen readers because of the type of CAPTCHA they use. The people who run the site have been informed of this inaccessibility but they don’t care.

      Comment by teafeather — March 24, 2011 @ 5:54 pm | Reply

    • Er, replying to both you and Teafeather here–I’d glanced at that website, found it slow-moving and generally very low on activity, and decided not to deal with it. Now that Teafeather has pointed out that it has accessibility issues, I definitely have no interest in dealing with that.

      Instead, I was planning to organize submissions in the carnival in the same way I did for Spectral Amoebas: by having people comment with links on the call for submissions post. It really wasn’t difficult at all to collect those and merge them into a round-up post a month later. You could also, I suppose, have people email you links if you really wanted to keep all the posts a surprise.

      I’m also planning to make a great big permanent page with FAQs on what a blog carnival is, explanations, lists of who’s hosting and when, links to previous installations of the carnival and their topics, and general somewhat more centralized space. I figure that’s enough to help people who are coming to the carnival late linkhop and preserves the “traveling” aspect of the carnival that I’d rather have. Maintaining a blog specific to the carnival strikes me as likely to have the same people doing all the organizing each time.

      Incidentally, do you mind going after Ily does?

      Comment by Sciatrix — March 24, 2011 @ 9:54 pm | Reply

      • Yeah, sure, I can go after Ily.

        Sounds like blogcarnival.com is a no go.

        Here’s an example of a carnival blog: Skeptic’s Circle. I’m somewhat… skeptical of the value of such a thing, since I very much doubt there are many people digging through the archives. However, it wasn’t as centralized as you might imagine. It needed an administrator, but mostly it was just a permanent page like the one you’re currently building.

        Comment by Siggy — March 24, 2011 @ 10:35 pm | Reply

      • I had an idea for the theme when I might host the carnival…What if we left the theme open but had people respond in mediums that were different from the “usual” blog post: A poem, an image, a (very) short story, a Postsecret, a comic, etc.

        Comment by Ily — March 25, 2011 @ 2:27 pm | Reply

        • Hey, it’d be your installment, you’d get to choose! I should probably note, though, that not everyone is artistic in multiple mediums–I’m not, for instance–and that opening it to everything except the essay-type writing typical of blogs might make it more difficult for some people to submit. Speaking for myself, I basically do essays and poetry, and my poetry tends to come and go very sporadically–it’s not the kind of thing I can do for a prompt. I don’t know that I could create a response for that kind of a round.

          Possibly it might be worth noting that responses to themes in a variety of media would also be welcome in all rounds of the carnival instead? That way people who aren’t primarily essayists would be more able to respond to prompts, and unusual entries could always be welcome?

          Comment by Sciatrix — March 25, 2011 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

          • Possibly it might be worth noting that responses to themes in a variety of media would also be welcome in all rounds of the carnival instead? That way people who aren’t primarily essayists would be more able to respond to prompts, and unusual entries could always be welcome?

            I like that. At the same time though, I can think of a lot of topics that might not include everyone– romantic relationships, sexual experiences, etc. (I don’t think I would choose these personally, but someone might.) And then there are other overlapping minorities that it would be interesting to hear from, a la Spectral Amoebas. But since the themes change and people have different chances to participate, it seems like the carnival would be inclusive overall…

            Comment by Ily — March 25, 2011 @ 9:52 pm | Reply

  4. I would totally participate in a blog carnival if the topic was something I knew something about! And I would offer right now to host one, but I don’t really know how they’re done and suspect I should watch a few happen to figure out before offering.

    Comment by ace eccentric — March 24, 2011 @ 1:29 am | Reply

  5. I’d definitely be interested in submitting for the carnival(s) and possibly hosting after seeing how a couple go to get the feel of it. Sounds like a promising idea.

    Comment by Audacious Ace — March 24, 2011 @ 9:58 pm | Reply

  6. I can probably host one, though with the warning that it might go wrong if something unexpected happens in meatlife. (Maybe it’s an idea to always have a back-up host ready, if that is even possible, the way they have back-ups ready for actors).

    Comment by Norah — March 25, 2011 @ 4:33 am | Reply

    • That’s why I’ve been asking for multiple hosts for next round–that way, if something turns up and the person who was going to host a round suddenly can’t, I can just run down the list and see if anyone scheduled for later can move up a month. 🙂 I should have a long-term post where you can volunteer to host an installment of the carnival up fairly soon, so that people who are interested in participating after a couple of other people have gone can sign up any time they like.

      Comment by Sciatrix — March 25, 2011 @ 5:53 pm | Reply

  7. A Blog Carnival is something I’ve personally been hoping for in the Ace Blogosphere and I know there was one a little bit ago that I wasn’t around for. This is ultra exciting!

    Comment by Ace Amoeba — March 25, 2011 @ 11:09 pm | Reply

  8. …Yay, a blog carnival! This is a wonderful idea — I may even be able to host it at some point in the future, although my blog is primarily personal and fannish and not really ace-focused.

    Comment by Jen Moore — March 27, 2011 @ 1:31 pm | Reply

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