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Hey, all -

If you frequent this section, you may be familiar with the Carnival of Aros, a monthly blogging event where aros can connect with other aros and talk about being aromantic. Hosting is really easy. It only takes about an hour at the beginning of the month and an hour at the end. At the beginning of the month, you pick a topic you want to hear other aros talk about. You post the topic and tell people how to reach you. At the end of the month, you make a post with all the responses that were submitted throughout the month. That's it! It's easy and a fun way to connect to the community.

And 2023 is totally open for hosts! We need volunteers! You can volunteer for whatever month you want. If you have a bit of time or think this might be a fun or interesting experience, please consider volunteering to host here: https://carnivalofaros.wordpress.com/volunteer-to-host/

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3 hours ago, hemogoblin said:

Hey, all -

If you frequent this section, you may be familiar with the Carnival of Aros, a monthly blogging event where aros can connect with other aros and talk about being aromantic. Hosting is really easy. It only takes about an hour at the beginning of the month and an hour at the end. At the beginning of the month, you pick a topic you want to hear other aros talk about. You post the topic and tell people how to reach you. At the end of the month, you make a post with all the responses that were submitted throughout the month. That's it! It's easy and a fun way to connect to the community.

And 2023 is totally open for hosts! We need volunteers! You can volunteer for whatever month you want. If you have a bit of time or think this might be a fun or interesting experience, please consider volunteering to host here: https://carnivalofaros.wordpress.com/volunteer-to-host/

So being a host just means that you ask a lot of questions to people, kinda like a talk show host and then wait for the answers? Are there any other responsibilities involved, or is what you wrote all-inclusive? Well, I guess it can't be too bad then.

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4 hours ago, MulticulturalFarmer said:

So being a host just means that you ask a lot of questions to people, kinda like a talk show host and then wait for the answers? Are there any other responsibilities involved, or is what you wrote all-inclusive? Well, I guess it can't be too bad then.

Pretty much! You propose a general, open-ended topic for people to respond to. Hosts usually ask some questions to help prompt/inspire people to respond. You can see some examples of previous calls here (Getting Old, Sentimentality, and Expression). Your post can really be as long or as short as you want. It's nice to include an explanation of what the Carnival is, what your topic is, and some ideas for how people may respond.

And that, the round-up, and notifying the Carnival of where you've posted the call for submissions/round-ups are it for the responsibilities! You can choose to help promote your topic throughout the month, but it's not required. Promotion is actually a part of my job, so you post on whatever platform works best for you, and I'll cross-post it in some other places for you to help get more responses.

Hosting seems kinda big and scary if you've never done it before, but it's pretty simple! It's purposefully designed that way to be welcoming to people with a variety of responsibilities/time commitments, experience with social media or other hosting events, etc. :) Ime, the hardest part is usually coming up with a topic or settling on just one idea!

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13 hours ago, hemogoblin said:

Pretty much! You propose a general, open-ended topic for people to respond to. Hosts usually ask some questions to help prompt/inspire people to respond. You can see some examples of previous calls here (Getting Old, Sentimentality, and Expression). Your post can really be as long or as short as you want. It's nice to include an explanation of what the Carnival is, what your topic is, and some ideas for how people may respond.

And that, the round-up, and notifying the Carnival of where you've posted the call for submissions/round-ups are it for the responsibilities! You can choose to help promote your topic throughout the month, but it's not required. Promotion is actually a part of my job, so you post on whatever platform works best for you, and I'll cross-post it in some other places for you to help get more responses.

Hosting seems kinda big and scary if you've never done it before, but it's pretty simple! It's purposefully designed that way to be welcoming to people with a variety of responsibilities/time commitments, experience with social media or other hosting events, etc. :) Ime, the hardest part is usually coming up with a topic or settling on just one idea!

Sounds good, could we participate just for one or two times and then relinquish our responsibilities? Btw, thanks for all the information.

What does it mean to have promotion part of your job? 

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4 hours ago, MulticulturalFarmer said:

Sounds good, could we participate just for one or two times and then relinquish our responsibilities? Btw, thanks for all the information.

What does it mean to have promotion part of your job? 

You volunteer for a month at a time (people get one month to respond to your prompt, so it's a month's commitment). It's not a regular position. You could volunteer for February and then never touch the Carnival again if you didn't want. The link I included in the first post contains more information. =)

I volunteer with running the Carnival.

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On 1/4/2023 at 6:35 PM, hemogoblin said:

You volunteer for a month at a time (people get one month to respond to your prompt, so it's a month's commitment). It's not a regular position. You could volunteer for February and then never touch the Carnival again if you didn't want. The link I included in the first post contains more information. =)

I volunteer with running the Carnival.

Oh cool. And btw if we are interested or know someone who is, do we just write to "Carnival of Aros" wordpress or do we contact you? It's good to know for future reference :) 

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1 hour ago, MulticulturalFarmer said:

Oh cool. And btw if we are interested or know someone who is, do we just write to "Carnival of Aros" wordpress or do we contact you? It's good to know for future reference :) 

Commenting on the Carnival WordPress or sending the Carnival an email is best (since we regularly monitor those places), but you can also reach out to me personally here on the forum or on tumblr! We're very flexible.

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11 hours ago, AromanticAardvark said:

Do you need a Wordpress to volunteer or can you do it on Arocalypse or Tumblr?

You can host literally wherever you want that works for you. Arocalypse, tumblr, reddit, pillowfort, mastodon, wordpress... Idk - facebook. I can't see twitter ever being an accessible way to host but more power to you if you can manage it. :o The beautiful thing about a blogging carnival is that it's extremely open and accessible and transcends platforms. You can contact me here, anonymously comment on the wordpress, or email us if you wish to volunteer to host! The only thing we'd ask is that, since the carnival is meant to be accessible on a variety of platforms that you have some way people can submit to you without having to have an account on said platform, such as providing an email, a google forms, or allowing anonymous asks/submissions/comments to your blog. =)

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