There are 22 posts this month. That's not bad at all. It's not very many either (but the quality of the writing is top-notch). Participation in Carnival of Evolution is down. It seems Carnivals are a thing of the past. My guess is that social media has made this particular form of sharing blog-posts superfluous. I hope I'm wrong.
The number of different people who submit has gone down significantly. CoE now relies on a few regular contributors who submit their own as well as others' blog-posts. Notably Bradly Alicea (who has been active for a long time) and Charles Goodnight, who is a relative newcomer to blogging. Charles writes about theoretical evolution once a week and shares his posts via the CoE Facebook page. But I fear this is akin to biological systems of low diversity: they are more likely to go extinct when the system relies on a few generalist species.
I suppose it's good news that science bloggers don't feel the need to boost their readership by sharing their blog-posts with the 357 people who are subscribed to the feed on Facebook.
Interested in hosting this summer? Months open are July, August, September. Still a few seats left for those who hurry.
Would be great if you shared the link aggressively. Militantly, even.
Due to a change in how the submission process works, some posts weren't caught until this afternoon. They have now been included. Consequently the guide for hosts has been updated to reflect this, emphasizing that people can submit posts both as a comment to the hosting announcement on the Facebook page, as well as by submitting to the page itself (which results in link that are a little bit hidden, for which we can only blame Zuckerberg and Sandberg).
Adam Goldstein @EEOBlogger is our host for June. Anyone interested in grabbing July or August?
BlogCarnival.com continues to be down, so I am hereby officially discontinuing the use of it for submissions to CoE. Instead, people are encouraged to submit via the Facebook page CarnyEvolution.
The next host will be listed with links to their blog and a Twitter handle, if they have one. If you post a comment with a URL to a blog-post that you have written, or that someone else have written, about evolution, it will be included in the forthcoming edition (always at the discretion of the host).
I very much hope that this system will work well enough that CoE won't die an agonizing death like so many other science blog carnivals.
The Game of Evolution is Carnival of Evolution #70. It is up on Bradly Alicea's blog Synthetic Daisies. I swear!
We need someone to host May 1st. BlogCarnival.com is down again, so we need to stop relying on it. That also means that it will be more of the job of the host to scour blogs to find suitable posts for the carnival. Are you up for that, then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
But the problem is that BlogCarnival.com is "temporarily" down, and has been for close to a week. I don't know anything about when it will be up, of ever, and since it is the site we use to keep track of hosts and submissions, that does present a problem.
Does anyone have a better idea? Any other way to collect submissions?
Do you care about the science behind evolution? Do you marvel at the tiny molecular machines spewing out coded messages to the microscopic inhabitants of your own bodied world? Do you grow irate at the ignorance pushers and the disintegration of evolution education in the modern world? Do you like to stay abreast of current topics and scientific findings in the study of the organismal existences surrounding us or those long gone?
If so, this is the blog carnival for you. (Don't know what a "blog carnival" is? Read this.)
MAILING LIST: if you would like reminders of publication and submission, send an email to email@example.com.
Instructions for Contributor Submissions
If you have posts either directly or indirectly related to evolution, submit by commenting with a URL on the Facebook page.
Your posts can be specifically related to current science concerning evolution, opinions, or dealing with whatever current anti-evolution attacks you find in the media or world. Really, anything related to evolution, whether direct or tangential, is fair game. Your inclusion in to the carnival is up to the current host.
Important: When your post is included in a CoE edition, please link back to the edition post from your own blog. Say something like "The CoE is up and I've been included."
If you want your posts read by more people, please submit the carnival edition to social bookmarking sites (Facebook, Twitter, G+, StumbleUpon, Digg, Reddit). Promotion is a key factor in creating a successful blog carnival!
Instruction for Hosts
We are ALWAYS looking for more bloggers to host future incarnations of Carnival of Evolution, which occur on a monthly basis. To host, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a host of the Carnival of Evolution, all you really have to do is list the links that people submit (which will come to you via BlogCarnival.com, which is how most people submit through the submission form).