New hosts are always welcome. Hosting blogs do not necessarily need to be plant or science blogs. If you want to host an upcoming edition of Berry Go Round, please send your blog’s name, site link, and the month you’d like to host to  Berry Go Round editions should be published by the end of the month. Hosting slots that are already taken are always listed in the sidebar under “Upcoming Berries.”

Guidelines are flexible, but the following criteria should be maintained:

  1. No more than four submissions from a single blog
  2. Plants must be the main subject of the submitted posts
  3. Posts on fungi and algae are permitted given their historical systematic association, as long as a reminder clearly indicates fungi and algae are not considered plants anymore.
  4. Make sure to link to this site and announce the next host of Berry Go Round.

You are welcome (but by no means required) to choose a theme for the carnival. Just be sure to email it to me. Examples of themed carnivals include #63 and #61.

New to hosting at BGR? Here’s a little more info:

The host of a blog carnival solicits interesting posts on a particular subject from different blogs and puts them all into one post on his/her blog. Usually there is a introductory sentence or short paragraph about the featured post and somewhere in that sentence or paragraph is a link to the post of interest. Read through a few of our previous editions to get a feel for how it might be done.

As far as the nitty-gritty is concerned, here’s how a typical month goes:
  1. Early in your Berry Go Round month, you’ll be given access to a google spreadsheet that will list submissions and links as they come in. You must accept the invitation to share the document or let know you’d rather be emailed the spreadsheet on the submission deadline.
  2. The BGR blog will announce the upcoming carnival at your blog. You may want to announce it on your own blog also to get more submissions or declare a theme for the carnival.
  3. Submissions will dribble in for awhile. Feel free to check the spreadsheet throughout the month.
  4. You may want to post a reminder about the carnival on your blog mid-month or directly solicit authors to submit particular blog posts you notice.
  5. Within a week or so of the deadline (the 25th of the month) for submissions, a second notice for the carnival will be posted on the BGR blog and twitter.
  6. After the 25th, go through the submissions, select the ones you like best, and put together a narrative that more or less links them together. Link each featured post to its permalink. Aim for your edition to come out sometime between the 26th and 31st of the month you’re hosting.
  7. When you’ve published your edition, email the link and your BGR will be publicized.

Feel free to insert a BGR badge into your sidebar or post (the pink border will not show on your webpage):
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4 Responses to “Host”

  1. Sally January 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm #

    Finally! I’m delighted to see a plant carnival and would enjoy hosting sometime, maybe March or April. Must posts be current to be submitted, or will earlier posts be accepted?


  2. winterwoman April 26, 2008 at 11:43 pm #

    Am I missing something or… Well, I wish that the links in the sidebar would go directly to the post that is the Carnival, instead of to the most recent post of the host.

  3. seedsaside April 29, 2008 at 9:03 pm #

    Actually, the link on blog names lead to the blogs, but the posted editions are linked under their name (e.g., try to hoover on “BGR#1”).


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