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"And there are among them composers of verses whom they call Bards; these singing to instruments similar to a lyre, applaud some, while they vituperate others." -Diodorus Siculus Histories 8BCE

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27 June 2006

Is There A Limit To How Big The Ringing Can Be?

I got an e-mail from Katy yesterday. Katy is hosting "The Ringing #2" and because this is her first effort at hosting a blog carnival she was wanting to know if there was a limit as to how many submissions she was allowed to accept?

The simple answer, no, there is no limit. But that brings us to another question:

What if The Ringing Of The Bards becomes too big for one host to handle? If it turns out to be an occasional problem the host has the right to determine which submissions he or she will drop, but if hosts are continually reporting too many submissions then we'll simply start a second poetry carnival so we can accommodate even more poetry.

Don't worry though, Katy is hoping to host a really big carnival so I don't think anyone will be dropped this week.

24 June 2006

The Ringing #1

The first edition of The Ringing Of The Bards has been posted to for your drinking and dining pleasure.

Remember: If you like to host "The Ringing" in the future then send an e-mail to idleblogs (AT) . Also, next week's host will be Katy of Something Katy. Please send Katy your ringing submissions ASAP., and before Saturday, July 1st., 2006. Remember: the sooner you get your submissions in, the better "The Ringing" will be as Katy has a Sunday morning deadline.

22 June 2006

E-Mail Sign-up Repaired

Several people have been having trouble with the E-mail subscription form. It was my fault, but I've since repaired it so you shouldn't have any more problems. Thanks for your patience and thanks for participating in The Ringing Of The Bards.

20 June 2006

We Need A New Badge

Perhaps you noticed this badge on the top right of the page:

Okay, so it's an ugly badge, I'm sorry if I'm a better poet than artist. If you'd like to design us a better badge then I'd be happy to let you volunteer. I'll even pay you with lots of links to your website. Or go ahead and put this ugly badge on your blog or website.

Update: Here's a badge designed by Katy. You can use either one you like or design your own.

Update 2: Shirley Whiting Allard of House Mouse has designed us yet another badge for The Ringing of The Bards. Feel free to use any of these or you can make your own.

You might want to shrink it.

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19 June 2006

Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the questions below to see the answers. If you have a question that's not here then send your question(s) concerning The Ringing Of The Bards to Idleblogs (AT) and I'll do my best to answer them.

How Do I Participate?

How Do I Host?

Is There A Limit On How Big The Ringing Can Be?

How Do I Make The Most From The Ringing I Host?

Are There Any Rules We Must Follow?

How Do I Become A Host?

That's easy, simply check to see what weeks are available then send an e-mail to idleblogs (AT) with the words, "Ringing Of The Bards" in the subject line and I'll be happy to set you up as an upcoming host. Hosts get lots of traffic to their sites from the various participating poetry blogs so it's well worth your while. The cutoff date for submissions is usually Saturday night with the carnival going live late Saturday night or Sunday morning.

If you have any questions or need help I'll be happy to make sure you're able to get it done so don't get scared. okay. As people send me questions I'll post a list of FAQs to make it easier for all of us.

How Do I Participate?

That's easy, all you do is sign up for the newsletter and you'll be told where to send your submission each and every week, or check with,, or as the announcements are posted there as well. You'll be given an e-mail address where you can send the URL of your submission.

Then, when submissions are posted, please take a moment to post a link to that week's Ringing Of The Bards so that others will know as well. has a listing of most of the carnivals as well as a list of FAQs Page that will help you understand better.

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