Hosting Guidelines

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Carnival of HR Hosting Guidelines

The Carnival relies on its hosts to be successful. Without all our hosts over the years we wouldn’t be approaching our 14th anniversary in 2021. Wow!  

I know being a host can be a lot of work. It’s also loads of fun, a great way to get involved in the online community, and something that provides you with an incredible opportunity to drive traffic to your site.

But, when it’s the night before PUBLISH DATE and you’re trying to get through all the submissions and compose your post so it can go live the next day, it’s totally OK to curse, wonder why you agreed to this foolishness, and vow to hunt me down at the next conference and berate me in a dark corner. Then, afterwards, we’ll hug it out and go grab a martini . OK?

Here’s the scoop….as Carnival host I want you to have a great deal of freedom; part of the fun in hosting a blogging carnival is getting to be creative after all. However, just as in real-life HR, there are lessons we’ve learned from the people who came before us. Now I refuse to write a policy because of one or two people but I do ask that you follow a few guidelines:      

  1. A theme, while fun, can also be limiting. We’ve found, over the years, that forcing bloggers (a creative bunch) to s-q-u-e-e-z-e themselves into a theme-topic-box can result in fewer submissions. But hey – we live in the free world so by all means knock-yourself-out and have a theme for your Carnival, either by requesting posts around a particular topic or just in the way you structure your Carnival post. (Here’s a good example of a theme carnival and a theme post). Just remember…you don’t need a theme; bringing together great content in one spot is more than enough.
  1. You do NOT need to use every post that is submitted. If you feel a submission is inappropriate for the carnival for any reason, you don’t need to include it. I leave this up to each host’s discretion. (note” it’s super nice, however, to let the blogger who submitted the post KNOW you won’t be using their post.  Manners and all.) 
  1. Please only use posts that the author themselves submits. Do not accept posts from someone who didn’t write it and don’t go out and find posts from blogs that did not send in a submission. In other words… don’t use content that the author did not give you permission to use.
  1. The Carnival is about helping readers find great content and introduce them to new blogs. The best Carnivals offer a little tidbit of info about each submission or group blog submissions together around subjects to help draw in a reader’s interest. Here is a good example.
  1. The Carnival of HR is a great way to help promote your own blog and, by extension, it can help bring attention to your business. However, please do not use the Carnival as an opportunity to plug your company or product. If you want to hard-sell to the HR audience, toss swag at HR conferences or sponsor a cocktail party like any self-respecting business in this space. The Carnival should focus on content – not on selling. Do that too much and you won’t be allowed to host another Carnival. Simple as that.
  1. Feel free to use the official Carnival of HR Logo in your post!!!!
  1. A week or so before the Carnival goes live I’ll send out a reminder to my carnival email list that lets everyone know who the next host is, how to submit their post, and any special instructions the host has given me. You, (as the host) and I can hop on the phone or chat via DMs or email so you can let me know if you have any special requests.  Naturally, when you’re hosting you should promote on Twitter, Instagram, toss it on LinkedIn or medium and maybe even do a TikTok using the #HRCarnival hashtag.
  1. Stay in contact!  Seriously. I am totally findable. If for any reason you’re unable to host your scheduled Carnival, you want to host a special (i.e. off schedule) Carnival (!!!), or just want to let me know the Carnival has gone live, you can reach me at or on the twitterz at @RobinSchooling.