The thing that got me hooked on blogging was the shared experience of motherhood, real motherhood, written by ordinary mothers. This version of motherhood was the one I was experiencing, one I could relate to, not some sanitised media version. Nowadays I am just as likely to turn to blogs that provide that sense of community but at the same time teach me something, either about parenting, about geek-stuff, even something about myself. Most of my first-stop reads are blogs where I learn something, blogs that have some aspect of utility. After almost six years of blogging I want to get back to those shared experiences and so I invite you to join The Friday Club, a series of carnivals that will take place here once a month on a Friday.
For those of you unfamiliar with carnivals, a carnival is a collection of posts written by different bloggers, each post covering a similar subject. Each month there will be a topic, all you need to do is write your post, email me the link and I will post the carnival on the Friday of the carnival. It’s easy!
Here’s how to submit your post:
- Please write a new post for the carnival using the call for submissions which is published monthly as your prompt.
- Publish your carnival entry for the Friday Club Carnival the week before the Friday noon (GMT) deadline.
- When it is published, email me* the link to your post url (permalink) at: fridayclub (at) notesfromhome (dot) com before the carnival deadline.
- What is not allowed: anything off-topic, sponsored posts/product reviews/competitions, posts not written by personal bloggers or anything libellous or hurtful. (It’s fine to submit your carnival post to other carnivals or Linkies by the way).
- You will, of course, get a link back from me when the carnival goes live. I would really appreciate it if you would link here in your post so that others can take part if they want to.
You can take your post in any direction: submissions can be serious, humorous, helpful, sad, witty or anything in between! Be creative and enjoy writing something that fits on your own blog.
The Friday Club will be covering lots of topics: parenting, life, home, cooking, technology/blogging, education, topical/seasonal subjects, books and green issues so I hope there will be something for everyone. Check back regularly to see which carnivals appeal to you and jump in! Everyone is welcome!
Here’s the code for the badge:
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* Your email address will never be used for anything except Friday Club carnival correspondence.
Here are the details of the carnivals (most recent first):
The Friday Club is taking a break until September 2012 – we look forward to seeing you then!
Next Carnival Date: Tuesday 20th December 2011 – call for submissions.
Friday Club Carnival: Christmas Traditions and Planning – share your tips for Christmas traditions and planning.
Carnival Date: Friday 15th April 2011 – call for submissions
Friday Club Carnival: Five things I don’t want my children to know about me
Following on from the success of Five things I want my children to know about me carnival back in February, I thought it would be fun to do Five things I don’t want my children to know about me!
This will be a simple round-up carnival because it’s school holidays here so no shared links to add to your own posts this week.
Carnival Date: Friday 8th April 2011 – call for submissions
Friday Club Carnival: Carnival of Poop (as requested by my lovely mummyblogging friends!)
This will be a simple round-up carnival because it’s holidays here so no shared links to add to your own posts this week.
Carnival Date: Friday 1st April 2011
Friday Club Carnival: NO CARNIVAL
Carnival Date: Friday 25th March 2011
Friday Club Carnival: NO CARNIVAL
Carnival Date: Friday 25th February 2011 – call for submissions
Friday Club Parenting Carnival: Five things you want your children to know about you
Carnival Date: Friday 11th February 2011 – call for submissions
Friday Club Parenting Carnival: Parenting tips
Share one parenting tip (or more if you want to!) that has helped you and your family. Or share a parenting tip you haven’t quite mastered yet!
Carnival Date: Friday 4th February 2011 – call for submissions
Friday Club Cooking Carnival: Cakes and cookies
Post your favourite cake or cookie recipe. I’ll be doing brownies, my favourite tea-time treat
Carnival Date: Friday 28th January 2011
Friday Club Book Carnival: Your favourite book
Recommend a favourite book, it can be fiction or non-fiction, old or new, and don’t forget to provide a link to somewhere your readers can buy it from if you want to.
Carnival Date: Friday 21st January 2011 – call for submissions
Friday Club Quick Tips Home Carnival: Organizing tips for the home
If you work from home, how do you make sure you keep work and home organised? How do you make sure you are organised for the school run? Do you have a way of organising paperwork/storage/laundry? Share a quick tip to help others stay organized.
Carnival Date: Friday 14th January 2011 – call for submissions
Friday Club Geek Carnival: Twitter: Follow Friday on the Blog
Write a post about Twitter, what you like about it, how you use it, your favourite tweeters and why others should follow them.
Carnival Date: Friday 17th December 2010 – call for submissions
Friday Club Seasonal Carnival: It’s Christmas!
Do you have Christmas traditions/ how do you get organised for Christmas/what do you like or dislike about Christmas/post a favourite Christmas recipe/what have your children done at school for Christmas: share your plans, traditions, tips or coping strategies.
Carnival Date: Friday 10th December 2010
Friday Club Cooking Carnival: Foolproof children’s meals
Write out your simplest, easiest home-cooked meal that your children love and for which you usually have most of the ingredients in your cupboards. Don’t worry if you think other people’s children won’t like it; if enough people take part in this there’s bound to be one new recipe we can each incorporate into our meal planning.
Carnival Date: Friday 3rd December 2010
Friday Club Seasonal Carnival: Advent
Do you have advent traditions/ what did your family do when you were a child/ what do you differently with your own children/ how do you plan your Christmas shopping/ what do you get done well in advance ready for Christmas/ what are your children doing at school?
Carnival Date: Friday 26th November 2010
Friday Club Education Carnival: Encouraging learning at home
We’re well into the school year now: how have you encouraged homework and learning at home this term/ does your child love or hate homework/ if your children are not keen on homework or if you homeschool or if your children are not yet in school, how do you make learning at home fun?
Carnival Date: Friday 19th November 2010
Friday Club Geek Carnival: How has blogging helped you through the parenting minefield?
Which blogs give you advice you can’t find anywhere else/ how has blogging helped you parent/ which blogs make you laugh out loud/ which blogs do you wish you had been able to read when your children were small/ which blogs provide your online community?