Friday, January 21, 2005

The Self-Organization of The Blogosphere


There are two new blog Carnivals that look very promising:

The History Carnival
http://historycarnival.blogspot.com/

Carnival of The Godless
http://www.brentrasmussen.com/archives/2005/01/carnival_of_the.html

I see Carnivals as ever-strengthening nodes of blogosphere network, places where people of similar, often very narrowly specific interests, go to find each other and, through each other, to find rare and hard-to-find information coupled with expert evaluation of such information. Some of those nodes will be more tightly connected to each other than to some other nodes. Thus Tangled Bank, Scian Melt and Grand Rounds are already tightly connected through multiple "members" that send their contributions to (and get blogrolled by) each of the three. There is already overlap between some of the same people from these three carnivals and the Philosopher's Carnival, Carnival of History and Blog Tower, and I truly expect to see some of the same people on Carnival of the Godless, but not on the Carnival of Bush Voters. On the other hand there is overlap between The Philosopher's Carnival, The Christian Carnival, Carnivalesque and Early Modern Carnival.

The jelly-like mess that blogosphere is now, is slowly starting to coagulate and organize around the seeding sites called "carnivals". Here, from Silflayhraka, is a list of carnivals in existence so far:

Carnival of the Vanities http://intellectualize.org/archives/006156.html
The Bharteeya Blog Mela http://www.madhoo.com/
Bonfire of the Vanities http://wizbangblog.com/archives/cat_bonfire_of_the_vanities.php
Carnival of the Capitalists http://www.elhide.com/solo/cotc.htm
The Kissing Booth http://www.singlesouthernguy.com/archives/000443.html
Carnival of the Canucks http://blog.davidjanes.com/carnival_of_the_canucks/index.html
The BestOfMe Symphony http://www.snoozebuttondreams.com/archives/cat_bestofme_symphony.html
The Carnival of the Cats http://carnivalofthecats.com
Carnival of the Dogs http://mickey.ondragonswing.com/archives/006091.html
Carnival of The Consumers http://www.jeffdoolittle.com/archives/000203.php
The Tangled Bank http://tangledbank.net/
The Carnival of The Liberated http://www.soundfury.us/archives/000486.html
The Christian Carnival http://www.patriot-paradox.com/
The Philosopher's Carnival http://philosophycarnival.blogspot.com/
The Early Modern Carnival http://worldupsidedown.blogspot.com/2004/08/carnival-of-early-modernists.html
Carnival of The Recipes http://www.thedonovan.com/beth/archives/cat_recipe_carnival.html
Sneak's Wide World of Blogging http://www.sneakeasysjoint.com/archives/cat_sneaks_wide_world_of_blogging.html
Carnival Of the Bush Bloggers http://www.blogsforbush.com/carnival.html
The Storyblogging Carnival http://www.donaldscrankshaw.com/posts/1095090596.shtml
Carnival of Carnivals http://king-of-fools.com/archives/001306.php
Grand Rounds http://blogborygmi.blogspot.com/2004/08/grand-rounds.html
Carnival Of The Pajamas http://badexample.mu.nu/archives/cat_carnival_of_the_pajamas.php
Carnival of Poetry http://liverevolt.com/seldomsober/archive/poetry/005362.php
The Carnival Of The Rugrats http://www.thezeroboss.com/archives/003431.html
Haveil Havalim http://soccerdad.baltiblogs.com/archives/004560.html
The Scian Melt http://www.thescian.com/melt/
Carnival of the Families http://desertlightjournal.blog-city.com/read/985278.htm
Carnivalesque http://worldupsidedown.blogspot.com
Carnival of Sin http://www.nyhotties.com/carnival.php/
The History Carnival http://historycarnival.blogspot.com/
Carnival of The Godless http://www.brentrasmussen.com/archives/2005/01/carnival_of_the.html

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