On Wednesday I hosted the Carnival of Education. It was quite a learning experience – a GOOD learning experience. Here are 13 things I learned:

1. There were way more submissions for the carnival than I thought there would be.
2. It took me approximately 8-10 hours of work to get the carnival ready to be published.
3. I am a visual, hands-on learner as evidenced by the fact that I had to print out every single submission so I could read it and highlight what I wanted to quote in the carnival. I just couldn’t organize it all online.
4. There are always people who don’t follow the directions for submitting posts for the carnival.
5. There are a LOT of wonderful blogs out there that I wouldn’t have known about if it weren’t for the carnival.
6. I proofread and proofread and proofread again, but there were still mistakes found after the carnival was published.
7. In this week’s carnival, there were two incorrect links that I didn’t know about until commenters told me.
8. Both incorrect links were because of errors on my part, and I corrected them as soon as I knew about them.
9. Just because a person is a teacher doesn’t mean that person can spell. One submission had a really good quote, but I didn’t use it because there was a glaring spelling error in it, and I didn’t want to link to a spelling error in an education carnival.
10. Some people submit material for a carnival that has nothing to do with the topic of the carnival.
11. Most people wait until immediately before the deadline to submit their posts.
12. Hosting the carnival more than quadrupled my traffic for the day. Actually it quintupled (is that a word?) my traffic.
13. Hosting the carnival was fun, but exhausting. I hope to host it again, but not for awhile.

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11 Responses to “Thursday Thirteen – Thirteen Things I Learned From Hosting the Carnival of Education”

  1. Cheryl Says:

    Sounds complicated!

  2. Friday's Child Says:

    I’m sure you were a great host and everybody was happy.
    Mine’s up too.

  3. Caylynn Says:

    Congratulations on your marriage! ) Sounds like the carnival was a lot of work. Happy TT. )

  4. Francesca Gray Says:

    Congrats on a job well done!

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  6. carmen Says:

    Sounds like a lot of work, but a success nonetheless. )

  7. Joan Says:

    I also found some good blogs yesterday through the carnival. You did a superb job of hosting it, and I enjoyed reading about the lessons you learned from doing so. You apparently are like me in that I tend to analyze my own pursuits in retrospect in order to evaluate them. (Is this a teacher malady — this obsession with post-testing?)

  8. Jane Says:

    Even though I don’t participate in the carnival I did enjoy reading your post. It was most interesting.
    My T13 is up too!

  9. Barb Says:

    You are a brave soul, to take on that task! I’ve thought about doing it for the Christian Carnival, but haven’t gotten brave enough, yet.

    I also have to admit sometimes I’m a late submission for my carnival, not because I don’t have the entry ready, but I am so busy, I forget what day it is!

    My TT is up.

  10. Chelle Y Says:

    I cannot stand it when a teacher does not check their spelling either. It makes me scared that they may be teaching my child someday.

  11. Thespis Says:

    You provided a great summary of the things that I learned when hosting. It was fun, but overwhelming. I am obviously not as quick as some others are in organizing the carnival.

    You did a beautiful job with it, congratualtions again.

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