The Carnival of the Vanities, a weekly listing celebration of bloggers self-selected best work, is now over two years old. Over time traditions and norms that hosts are expected to conform to have evolved. Here’s a list of expectations off the top of my head
All submitted entries should be included. Discarding any submitted entries is very, very bad.
Using a theme is encouraged to the extent that the theme doesn’t overwhelm the material.
Leave your politics/religion/sexual preference, etc out of the Carnival, unless they are integral to your theme or just really funny.
Positive editorializing about submitted posts or blogs is encouraged.
Negative editorializing about submitted posts or blogs is very, very bad. If you’ve got nothing nice to say about an entry, then don’t say anything. Just provide the blog name and link and move on.
Hosting the Carnival is not like writing a blog post or a short story; conceptually it’s much closer to writing a press release than traditional blog writing. As with all press releases, always put a positive spin on things…
This weeks host, Socialist Eurofag (as he is known in his own comment section) at yeah whatever, telegraphed his intentions to ignore the expected civility of the Carnival in his announcement last week.
Everyone is welcome on a strictly nondiscriminatory basis, although I will be ferociously rude about you if you are a/ a dumb rightwing regressive Yank, b/ a dumb Yank, c/ a Yank, d/ illiterate. Only kidding!
Except he wasn’t really kidding…
Laurence Simon has this to say about the 134th edition of the Carnival:
There have been times when the weekly caretakers of the Carnival of the Vanities have demonstrated a lack of respect for the traditions and ceremony of the office, presenting the content with fairness and without malice. However, rare is the time when the one entrusted with carrying the burden has done nothing less than drop it in the mud and stomp on it.
I declare Dr. Zen to be a Blogheretic, and they must be cast out! Ground into the dirt! Burned from the Book of the Holy!Rather than just complaining, Lair actually writes a more proper version, called Carnival of the Vanities #134 – Avignon Edition. Go read it now…
Maybe this is why so many enjoy hosting the Bonfire of the Vanities, where bloggers submit their worst posts and the host is encouraged to mock them…