Blog Carnivals are one way for bloggers to get their name out there and make connections with other bloggers.
Over at fivecentnickel today nickel has posted Five Questions (and Answers) About Blog Carnivals which some bloggers will find useful.
“For newer sites, the biggest reason to participate is exposure. It’s frustrating to pour your heart out on the pages of you blog if nobody notices. No matter how good your stuff is, you won’t attract a readership until people know that you’re out there. One possibility is to network with other bloggers. Exchange links, leave (on topic) comments on their posts, link and use trackbacks, etc., etc.”
I’ve not really participated in any official blog carnivals – but when I first started blogging did interact with different bloggers running similar sorts of projects and found them to be well worthwhile and a great way to practice my blogging as well as finding new readers.