History

A little context, courtesy of David Cohn:

To understand its epicness – you first have to close your eyes and think back to a time long ago on the Internet circa 2005-6. Maybe you had a MySpace or Friendster account. The Numa Numa guy was still hot on the meme scene, Digg ruled all traffic and Techcrunch was just the opinionated blog of a lawyer. This was an Internet without Twitter, Facebook was for college students and all we had were blogs and RSS. In that dark and desperate time, we didn’t have WJChats, PubMediaChats or any other Twitter chats.

No, my e-friends. Back then, to get a regular conversation going we resorted to blog carnivals. Long live the blog!

The ‘Carnival of Journalism,” at its height, consisted of about 30 or so journalist bloggers. Every month a new blogger would host and ask, via email (how quaint), a question for all the participating bloggers.

(Point of order – this is how I first digitally met my current housemate and RJI fellow Will Sullivan. We didn’t meet in person for another two or so years, but I felt as though we were colleagues because of our monthly blog carnival.)

Sometime around 2007-8, the Carnival ended and since then social media has taken hold so we have regular ongoing quick chats.

Don’t get me wrong, I embraced Twitter early and still love it.

But blogs are not dead and there is a level of communication we can achieve beyond chatting and blogs can be a great facilitator. Will this turn into a failed experiment, like using carrier pigeons after the advent of the telegraph? I’m not sure. But writing one blog post a month isn’t a high calling. And having friends make that commitment (or at least trying to make that commitment) with a single topic to swarm around makes blogging that much better.

And so – we are reviving the Carnival of Journalism.