Meta-Blogging: April 2007 Archives

The 170th Christian Carnival will be taking place this week at Brain Cramps for God. The Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. It's open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Select only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from the last Wednesday through the coming Tuesday). Then do the following:

The 169th Christian Carnival will be taking place this week at Imago Dei. The Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. It's open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Select only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from the last Wednesday through the coming Tuesday). Then do the following:

Romney Googlanche

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A couple days ago my sitemeter started becoming saturated with hits from searches like Mitt Romney flip-flop, flip-flop Mitt Romney, and "flip flop" "mitt romney". I'm now #11 on the first one, but I was at #2 when I checked a couple days ago. My daily visits went up from in the 500s to in the 800s, with daily hits going from the 800s to the 1200s. I think I've discovered at least part of the explanation: Doonesbury. Unfortunately, I've been replaced by misinformation for the most part, but it was nice that my correction of this mindless repetition of an outright lie could be so high in Google's ratings at a time when that search was getting so much action.

Interestingly, I'm also at the #2 Google spot for googlanche.


 The 168th Christian Carnival is up at Random Acts of Verbiage. Submissions are still open until Friday for late posts, provided that they're posts from within the three-week period this carnival covers. See here for submission details.
 
 
 
 
 

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The 168th Christian Carnival will be taking place this week at Matt Jones' Random Acts of Verbiage. The Christian Carnival is a weekly collection of some of the best posts of the Christian blogosphere. It's open to Christians of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic convictions. One of the goals of this carnival is to offer our readers to a broad range of Christian thought. This is a great way to make your writing more well known and perhaps pick up some regular readers. For examples of past carnivals, see Matt Jones's list of previous Christian Carnivals.

To enter is simple. First, your post should be of a Christian nature, but this does not exclude posts that are about home life, politics, or current events from a Christian point of view. Normally, the second step is to select only one post dated since the last Christian Carnival (i.e. from the last Wednesday through the coming Tuesday). Since we missed a couple weeks, the post can be from the last three weeks (i.e. from midnight on Tuesday March 27 through midnight April 17). Then do the following:

I think we've gotten to a point where enough people want to continue the Christian Carnival despite no word from its ongoing manager (see here). I don't want to usurp anything from Dory, but we've now had two weeks go by without a Christian Carnival. Here's what I'd like to do. I'd like to see what we can do at least temporarily about having some continuing Christian Carnivals. If time goes on, and we still don't hear from Dory, maybe we can gradually work together a structure for its continuing without her. But for now I want to say that, assuming she has been detained from internet activities for some reason and can return, we should reserve this role for her if she wants to continue in it and doesn't foresee future problems in carrying out its responsibilities.

With that in mind, I'd like to try to organize a list of people who can host for the next couple months, and we could stick with this list even if she returns, because I strongly suspect she hasn't gotten together a list beyond the carnivals that actually happened, or we would have heard from those hosts. So if you're interested in hosting a Christian Carnival in the next two to three months, please let me know and tell me any preferences you have about which weeks you can host. We'll set it up so people will send submissions directly to you, at least for now. I think it would be a good idea to allow people to submit posts from over a three-week period of time for the next one, just so those posts have the opportunity to be in some Christian Carnival. But then we should resume doing them one week at a time.

I usually put up a notice for the upcoming Christian Carnival on Sundays, but I'm not sure what's going on with the Christian Carnival at this point. The schedule on Dory's blog has run out. I don't know if anyone was scheduled to host last week, but I never managed to find it if it happened. Dory hasn't responded to the email I sent her. The Blog Carnival submission engine has removed the Christian Carnival from its active carnivals, because no one was updating where it was each week (and only the registered carnival-runner can update it, as far as I've been able to tell).

So I don't know what's going on with the Christian Carnival. If anyone has any information I don't have, please update me. I'm not going to plug carnivals that I don't have any good reason to think will happen. Last week's apparently non-existent Christian Carnival and my unreturned email are enough for me to wonder whether anyone is planning to host this week who is or will be set up to receive posts via the usual Christian Carnival submission email address.

Ainslee Hooper hosts the 44th Philosophers' Carnival.

Searches

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I've been a bit lax in checking my sitemeter, which means most days I have the chance to look through five pages' worth (i.e. 100 visits) once or twice during the day. Some days I don't even get to it. I get about 500-700 visits a day, so most visitors aren't registering on my radar, and thus I'm not getting anywhere near the selection to find good searches that I used to find when I was checking more regularly and noticing about 75-80% of my traffic. But I do happen to have a couple searches from the last couple weeks that I can pull out on a day when I haven't got the time to write anything new that requires any thought.

What race is colin powell other than black

I suppose that would be the same ethnicity the Pope is other than German and the same state the president is registered to vote in other than Texas. Is it farther to New York or by car?


father black mother white kids will kids have kinky hair?

I've received a great many searches in recent months asking about differences between the genetic properties of kids whose parents are a black mother and a white father and kids whose parents are a black father and a white mother. Is there any evidence whatsoever that which parent is black and which is white will make any difference at all to skin color, hair type, and so on? I've never heard of any (other than the fact that people are searching for it and arriving at my blog). I wouldn't rule it out, because some traits are sex-linked. I just don't know why we should expect these particular ones to be sex-linked. They don't seem to be sex-linked among families with two parents of the same race, do they?

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