It’s fitting that Ed. is also hosting the final edition of the Carnival of Trust, particularly since he was so instrumental in the development of the C of T. I want to thank him personally for his tremendous and selfless help in getting the Carnival off the ground, and for constantly being a source of support.
And before eulogizing the Carnival I want to make sure you read the current edition; Ed. has done a wonderful job of closing it out. He’s got great trust-related themes ranging from confidence in business to journalistic collusion to the question of whether anonymity destroys trust.
Click over to the Blawg Review site to read the latest (and last) Carnival of Trust.
Why We’re Closing Out the Carnival
I want to be clear I consider the Carnival of Trust to have been a solid success. We were able to shine the light of publicity on a lot of well-deserving bloggers, and to offer concentrated doses of great writing to our readership, thereby enriching the lives of all concerned.
But at least for TrustMatters readers, things have shifted. We rarely get the kind of commentary we got in the past, and I think that’s for good reason. The role that the Carnival played for us in the past is increasingly being played out on Twitter and LinkedIn, and in community aggregators like the Customer Collective.
I think this is simply a sign that communities of discussion have diffused. No judgment there, no right nor wrong, no regrets. But it does mean we’ll try to shift our efforts as well.
Know this: we are not killing off the Carnival. It will emerge, phoenix-like, in a different form. We’re still working on it, but it will contain periodic collections of thought pieces by others—pieces that we’ve separately either blogged about, or tweeted about, or commented on in other forums. We will also still accept submissions to the Carnival of Trust through the central carnival submissions site.
So firstly, thank you for your past readership of the Carnival of Trust. Stay tuned for its new incarnation.
And I want to say an extremely special thank you to the great bloggers who have graciously given of their time and energy to host the Carnival of Trust in the past. We all benefited from their work. Here they are, including the link to the Carnival they hosted.