Before I started blogging the only carnivals I ever heard of were the kind at the local church. These blog carnivals are a whole other kinda fun.
One of the benefits to me not really deciding on a specific emphasis for my blog is that I can enter all kinds of different carnivals. As such I’m being exposed to some really cool blogs I would not have otherwise found, and have found some readers who would not otherwise have found me.
Yesterday I posted three different articles, but I think my post The Forgotten Foreclosure Victims: Pets may have gotten lost in the shuffle. That’s okay, though, because I was lucky enough to have that article accepted to the Carnival of Family Life, but that won’t be posted until tomorrow. I’ll edit this then with a favorite article or two…
Identity Theft has been on my mind lately, as a friend recently got his credit card number hijacked and is still cleaning up the mess. Protecting ourselves is the purpose of the Information Security Carnival – 2008 1st Edition, and they included my post You Dont Have To Be Gullible To Be a Victim of a Check Scam. I still have a lot to learn about protecting myself, and though some of the articles were way over my not-tech-savvy brain, I did get the gist of some. In particular check out:
Keeping Your USB Drive Safe: Part 1 submitted by Sai, posted at American (Tech) Sai-ko.
My recent spate of political posts got a little more play, too. Any carnival with the word “rants” included in the title would be pretty much the only place to find anything written by me about politics. The Rants Carnival – February 1, 2008 over at Rants ‘n Reviews thought enough of my articles Politics is a Big Pile of Moose Poopy and Hey Legislators! Let’s make a Minimum 24-hour Jail Stay Mandatory to include both. The leanings of most of the contributors are decidedly more conservative than I am, but they make for interesting reading. A few posts I enjoyed are:
Wenchypoo presented Why Your Vote Really Doesn’t Matter posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket. She shares my same issues with the Electoral college, but she’s more schooled in it’s intricacies. And she quotes more Wikipedia than I do. I also loved her post Turning a $55,000 Salary into a Zero Tax Liability posted at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket. Exactly why I always strive to get NO tax refund.
Harrison contributed 100 Comical and Outrageous Political Quotes posted at Election Tees News. Some very funny – yet disturbing stuff from the leaders of our country, and some other people who’d like to. There are many contenders for the #1 quote, but I think my favorite, attributed to the Governator, is “On Deciding to Run for Governor: “It’s the most difficult [decision] I’ve made in my entire life, except the one I made in 1978 when I decided to get a bikini wax.” Better to laugh than cry…
The Media LiteracyCarnival at Understand Media also liked my Politics is a Big Pile of Moose Poopy article. I swear I won’t submit that ne to any more carnivals! Of note to me was:
Tony H’s article Media’s Coverage of School Violence Borders on Fetish posted at The Scholarpreneur. Really, blood, violence and sex sells and the mainstream media knows it. Heck, my eight year old nephews know it. I think it’s desensitizing all of us, and that’s not a good thing.
The Carnival of Homeowners #23 did include my article Foreclosure Affects New Buyers, Old Buyers and You. There are many great posts included. Of particular interest to me were:
Top 10 Personal Finance Books in History presented by KCLau, posted at KCLau’s Money Tips. I’ve been hearing alot about Dave Ramsey lately, so I’ve put that book on reserve at the library. I’ll read many of the others KC lists.
Ted presented 4 Tips To Surviving The Real Estate Market, posted at Seasoned TradeLines. Many of you know how much we want to sell our house, and I found out yesterday that a similar unit across the street sold for 15% less than the last previous low, from a little more than a month ago. I am sooooo crying.
I think that’s all of them. Please let me know if I missed anyone! Thank you to everyone who submitted articles to these carnivals, and thank you to the hosts!