March 9, 2010

 

Carnival Changes

When I was first married, we lived in a small  two-bedroom house.  The only room where the furniture could possibly be arranged more than one way was the living room.  When I stopped working to stay home with our first child, my husband would frequently come home from work and find that I had rearranged the living room once again.  He always wondered how I managed to move the furniture all by myself. 

I have outgrown the need to rearrange, though I still do it occasionally.  When it comes to blogging, though, I find that I love making changes.  I apologize if it confuses you, my readers, but I hope my changes are improvements.  This change has to do with the weekly blog carnival.  Don’t get nervous, it’s only a name and button change.

About a year ago, I started the carnival with the name “What’s for Dinner Wednesday.”


The idea was to link up gluten-free dinner ideas.  The problem was that it confused people.  They often thought it was supposed to be about what you were actually having for dinner on Wednesday, rather than just a carnival that takes place on Wednesday.  I also decided I wanted people to be able to link to gluten-free ideas  for eating any time of day.  Those factors contributed to the name change of “What can I eat that’s gluten free?”

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The thing I love about that name is that everybody asks themselves, “What can I eat?”  When you have to eat gluten-free, it is an even harder question to answer.  What I don’t love about the name is that it is rather long for a carnival, and it doesn’t remind people what day the carnival takes place.  So, I have decided to once again do a little rearranging and change the carnival name to “Gluten-Free Wednesdays.”  Along with the name change, I have a new carnival button. (Of course that's a gluten-free muffin in the picture!)

Gluten-Free Wednesdays



One other small change is that I have been keeping Mr. Linky open the entire week.   Almost everyone adds their link on Wednesday,  therefore links that get added later in the week are often overlooked.  I usually put my post up Tuesday night and will now be closing the links sometime on Thursday.  I think that gives people plenty of time to add their link, and anyone who misses it can wait till the next week.  The themed weeks such as last week’s soup challenge I will keep open longer.

Once again, nothing big is changing, just these three things:
I also want to remind people of carnival guidelines.  It is common carnival etiquette to to add a link to the carnival site, even on older posts.  You can link to either my home page of the carnival post.  I realize that sometimes people forget.  Occasionally I forget.  I won’t threaten to delete your links, though some people do that and rightfully so.  I’m just asking nicely, please include a text link in your post.  Thank you!

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Comments:
Fun! I love the new button. Its very cute. I'm going to switch out the other button on my page right now!

~Aubree Cherie
 
It is common carnival etiquette to to add a link to the carnival site, even on older posts. You can link to either my home page of the carnival post. I realize that sometimes people forget. Occasionally I forget. I won’t threaten to delete your links, though some people do that and rightfully so. I’m just asking nicely, please include a text link in your post. Thank you!


I don't understand what you mean here. What do you mean to link to the carnival site and even older posts and you won't delete the links, though some people rightfully do this? I'm just confused and didn't understand this last paragraph.
 
Cute button! I think your changes will be an improvement and I totally understand the need to rearrange. :) I did that once with our tiny living room (at the time) when I was 8mo pregnant!
 
The changes sound good to me. I had to laugh at the furniture rearranging. I used to do that every time my husband was out of town. Not intending to confuse him, I guess I was just bored and tried doing something new. If I wasn't rearranging furniture, I was changing window treatments or hanging new pictures on the walls.
 
Cool! I still call it "What's for dinner Wednesdays" in my head but "GF Wed" is probably just as easy to remember :)
 
Courtney ~ I'm glad you asked rather than being confused. That part is only for bloggers who use Mr. Linky to add a link back to their blog. Any post linked to here should have a link back to my site in it. Sometimes people link up an old post. Even in that case you should go back and add a link within that post.

Some people who host carnivals will delete the link if the post doesn't link back to their site, or if it only links to the person's home page rather than a particular post. If you still don't understand, send me an email and I can go into more detail. GlutenFreeHomemaker (at) gmail (dot) com.
 
I think this is a great idea. And I look forward to linking up and reading what others post.
 
Very cute new button. I'm newer to the carnival, so the "changes" won't throw me off too much. **grin**
 

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