Now that I have, though, I can tell you that they are a supremely practical way to cope with the surfeit of information in blogland. Quite simply, a blog carnival lets someone else do the work of finding and highlighting some of the best of what's out there.
In this case, a revolving cast of someones does the work, starting with Karen C., keeper of AustCrime, that compendium of information about Australian and New Zealand crime fiction. Next up was J. Kingston Pierce of the Rap Sheet, and the current host is Julia Buckley of Mysterious Musings, pointing the way to a feast of blogs about writing, publishing and crime fiction.
The three hosts to date have linked to some of my favorite bloggers and, more to the point, to some new ones that look interesting. And that's what makes a carnival fun.
© Peter Rozovsky 2007