What’s a Blog Carnival?
A blog post that contains links to
other articles covering a specific
Most are hosted by a rotating list of
frequent contributors and serve to
both generate new posts by
contributors and highlight new
bloggers posting in that subject area.
After 1 Year Together, We…
Rotate the Leadership
Pick a monthly topic together
Commit to writing 10 out of 12 months
Comment on each others’ posts
Share via social media
Create your own website
Start an email list (publish via RSS)
Publish eBooks to give away
What to Look For…
Regular posts (2x/month)
Size (look at social media)
Type (same readers?)
The Leader Must Lead
Pick one day per month (e.g. Last
Membership Guidelines &
#2: Focus on the Writing
Polish Prior to Publish
You could spend ALL DAY posting and
emailing links to your blog. If your writing
sucks, your readers …
Won’t Finish Reading
Won’t Turn Into Subscribers
Fiction Writers & Playwrights
Small Groups work Best (5-7)
Gather to share pieces of their work
Give constructive feedback
Brainstorm ways to approach topics
Provide a supportive environment
Does the title/headline hook you?
Does the opening line pull you in?
Is the point of the post clear?
Does the post fulfill the promise of the headline?
Is it interesting?
Is it easy to read?
Does it tell a story?
Is it relevant to your Ideal Client?
Is there a call to action?
(Full checklist avail by email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Support After Publishing
Social Media Sharing
Mastermind larger projects (books!)
It Won’t Be Perfect
People will come and go – always be
on the lookout for the right new blood
Create ways to build community (e.g.,
private Facebook group, teambuilding and purely social events)
What’s one thing you will implement
What did you find unclear or want more
Other burning questions?
Talk to me! @teasilvestre (Twitter)