Join us for the Earth Day Blog Carnival

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Greetings to all Eco/Green/Earthy/Natural/Crunchy/Planetary Parents, Families and People!

You are heartily invited to participate in the Earth Day Blog Carnival on April 22nd, 2011.  This exciting carnival is hosted by ‘Child of the Nature Isle‘ and ‘Monkey Butt Junction‘ – two blogs bought together through their love of natural parenting and a desire to share positive insights in living healthily and harmoniously with our beautiful yet fragile planet.

Hands of The World photo image courtesy of Fran Hogan

What is a blog carnival?

A blog carnival is a blog event similar to a magazine in that participating bloggers each publish an article on carnival day relating to one topic.  In this case, the Earth Day Blog Carnival is dedicated to exploring any facet of earth-friendly, environmentally conscience eco-living.  Whether you are new to blog carnivals or a regular contributor, we’d love to have you participate on this important topic.

What should I write about?

The one requirement we have for this carnival is that your post reflects eco-actions and lifestyle choices that you have taken or are working on.  We want to hear about green living as you live it, or want to live it. It could be small or grand; something that affects just you or your entire neighbourhood; a one-off gesture or something you do everyday – all we ask is that you keep it REAL!

Through sharing your gems in eco-living you have the power to inspire others. What you do may be just a drop in the ocean but when shared, it can create a magnificent healing ripple. Below are just a few ideas to get the ball rolling, but please feel free to add your own and contribute to planetary healing through the power of this wonderful-world-wide-web.  Remember, your topic is 100% your choice – these are just some ideas to get your creativity flowing.

·    What are your top priorities as an Eco-parent? Share some of your eco-living lifestyle tips.
·    What are your most sustainable actions and ways of living? What sacrifices, if any, have you made to do these?
·    How do you celebrate Earth Day in your family?
·    How do you/plan to, pass on your environmental values to your children?
·    It has been shown that children as young as 5 years old are suffering from eco-anxiety as they worry about the current and future state of our planet. How do you work through these challenging issues as a parent and with your children?
·    Do you watch environmental movies? What ones have had the most impact for you? How do you discuss the issues raised and what actions have you been inspired to take after viewing?
·    How do you discuss environmental issues with skeptical family members without losing your cool!
·    Do you use any Earth-healing prayers or spiritual practices?

How do I participate?

A blog carnival provides the opportunity for a variety of bloggers to write a post on a specific theme, publish them on the same day, and then support each other by reading posts, making comments and sharing on social networks.  Since the participants are all writing on the same theme, the carnival is a great way to discover new blogs on a topic that you are passionate about. Blog carnivals have the potential to create community, forge friendships and get you increased attention in the blogosphere!

We welcome all new, previously unpublished posts on the subject of eco-living as outlined above. All posts must be submitted by 10th April 2011 to both Terri and Jenn at the following email addresses:
terri (at) childofnatureblog.com
jenniferjhoffman (at) yahoo.com
Replace the (at) with @ and close the gaps – it’s written like this to prevent autospammers!

In addition to your post you will need to write a 1-2 line summary of your post that will be included in the link information at the bottom of the carnival. E.g ‘Terri at Child of the Nature Isle’ shows how saving the fluff under her bed could be the key to saving the world’ (well something like that!) Please send this summary in the same email as your post.

Please also share your Facebook pages and Twitter urls if you have them so we can link up everyone and promote each-other on our social network sites.  Building a community of like-minded bloggers is one of the best benefits of participating in a blog carnival.

You will be informed of your acceptance to the carnival by 18th April and given additional information such as the html code to insert before and after your post which will list all the other participants. All posts need to be published on April 22nd 2011 (Earth Day) and you will be expected to update the html code later that afternoon with all the updated links.  The updated code is essential because it will give your readers the links to other blogs participating in the carnival, as they will be linking to your blog as well.

Don’t worry if it’s your first carnival and all this sounds complex, it’s super simple and tons of fun!  Your carnival hosts will be happy to help you on the day of the carnival if you run into problems, too.

We look forward to your participation. Please spread the word!
Earth Day Blog Carnival – Join the Revolution!
With eco-love
Terri Henry & Jennifer Collins

About Child of the Nature Isle
Child of the Nature Isle is a blog from Dominica, a country that is also known as the Nature Island of the Caribbean. Dominica is famous for its 365 rivers, lush protected rainforest, boiling lake and world class diving. We are not the Dominican Republic!
Up in the heights of a rainforested mountain which bubbles with healing, hot sulphur water, I live with my partner and 2 young children. We are a natural-birthing, breast-feeding, tandem-nursing, baby-wearing, cloth-diapering, vegan-fooding, co-sleeping, yoga-practicing, home-schooling, nature-loving bunch! I enjoy sharing our natural, and healthy ‘eco-livity’ to positively promote joyful and sustainable family lifestyles everywhere.

About Monkey Butt Junction
Monkey Butt Junction follows a family living natural parenting principles in a setting where the traditional parenting roles are reversed, with mom as a primary breadwinner and dad staying home to raise their son. Our family enjoys the great outdoors above all else, and our love of nature has led to a great respect for this planet and a desire to live sustainably and in harmony with our surroundings.

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4 Responses to Join us for the Earth Day Blog Carnival

  1. KJ

    What an interesting idea, haven't heard of this before. So, this is for people to blog and post about the topic and then all the blogs are put in one place? Have I got this right?
    KJ recently posted..Pumpkins and Paw Paws

    • Jenn @ Monkey Butt J

      Yes – everyone posts on the Earth Day topic on the same day. We'll give the participants some additional code to copy into the body of your blog that will add a list of everyone else who is participating in the Earth Day Blog Carnival in the post itself (we do the hard part of figuring that out).

      I love doing blog carnivals – it is a great way to get more exposure for your own blog, plus I always find new blogs to follow

  2. KJ

    Cool, I will have to think about that one, great idea. Thanks :)
    KJ recently posted..Pumpkins and Paw Paws

  3. skincare

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