If there are no rules for what can be submitted to your blog carnival, then just about anything will be submitted! The overall quality of posts submitted to the Carnival of Debt Reduction had been going downhill a touch. Lots of automatic carnival submission was happening through BlogCarnival.com, and I decided to cut the cord over there. That reduced the volume quite a bit, and the folks that were submitting on-topic articles already knew about the blog carnival submission form on my site.
I decided to take things a step further and make it very clear what was to be expected of people submitting to the carnival. I drafted a set of blog carnival rules and added a check box on the submission form that indicated that they accepted the rules. The rules could be used as screens by the hosts. Don’t follow the rules, and it’s an easy rejection. It makes the host’s job much easier, which is a good thing for a carnival manager.
What I regret it that I didn’t do this a long time ago. My aunt, who was a health teacher, always said that it’s far easier to be strict at the beginning than it is to get stricter later. The Best of Money Carnival started things off on the right foot with very clear rules. Hosting that carnival was a breeze, and I hope that hosts of my carnival find it just as easy.