Well, it's time to put this blog carnival down. I know that I said I'd keep it going until the end of the year, and that I was looking for someone to replace me as host, but there's really no point. Though there were a few Boneyards that had a good response from submitters, they're progressively been harder and harder to attract attention to. The point of a blog carnival is that it should be crowd-sourced by a motivated group of bloggers, but this has never happened for the Boneyard.
This is probably because the paleo-blogging community is just not large enough to sustain it. If it was, I imagine that it would be easier to get submissions because the visibility would be higher. Considering this, and that the Boneyard has never managed to do its job (sending meaningful traffic to submitter blogs), I think I'm done with having the monthly call for submissions and apologies to hosts for all the work they'll have to do putting the month's edition together. My life is about to radically change when I begin school, and this carnival's rightful place on my rankings of things that deserve my attention will fall pretty low. I'd wager that the weekly Mesozoic Miscellany roundups I do at Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs send more meaningful traffic to more bloggers.
Thanks to everyone who hosted and submitted over the last year or so. I'd apologize to the hosts who lined up for the rest of the year's editions, but it's probably a favor to them.
I don't end this with bitterness. It was a good way to learn about this particular aspect of blogging communities. It's simply not for this particular one, in my opinion. If you think differently, and would like to take this over, I won't stand in your way. It's just not for me anymore.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
The next Boneyard Blog Carnival is hosted by Brian Switek at Laelaps. Submit your paleontology blog posts - new or old - to boneyardblogcarnical(at)gmail(dot)com. We're especially looking for posts dedicated to saber-toothed predators this time around! The deadline is Monday, July 11, and it will be posted on Tuesday the 12th.