For the 50th edition, Toby used a great match-play golf theme. We didn't make it past round two, but given the level of play in this tournament, that's nothing to be ashamed of. Jeff Kempe, a Bloodhound contributor whens the tourney with an interesting post on divorcing the commission.
Carnival Participation Rate Down?
The Carnival of Real Estate has grow up a lot in the 50 iterations it has enjoyed. Over the last few weeks, I thought I had noticed a drop off in submissions to the Carnival. This week, there were only 19 entries…. Hmmm. Is participation in the CoRE dropping off? There were 33 entries when we hosted in Week 33, and 28 when we hosted Week 37. I thought at the time Easter weekend might have been responsible for the drop in Week 37. Week 49 had 36 entires, but due to the July 4 break, that was a two week Carnival. The last Carnival that had a "Link Post" on the CoRE site was Week 45, with 18 posts….
I understand it's about quality, not quantity. But the drop off in entries is somewhat curious. Perhaps as the Carnival and real estate blogging in general matures, we have come to realize the CoRE is a place to showcase the best of the best. I know that I've skipped a few weeks of submitting to the Carnival when I looked back and found what I wrote during the week was mostly crap and not worthy of bothering the host with. On the other hand, maybe the lower submittal rate is just a cyclical thing and/or a summertime thing.
Or maybe it's nothing at all. It would be interesting to a data nut like myself though to see a chart of CoRE submittals by week. Most of the data is out there, either in the weekly host's post, or the CoRE site wrap up.
Regardless, I don't think the Carnival of Real Estate is going anywhere. Entires of late do seem to be at about half of the peak rate, but the quality of posts is often incredible — and that's what it is all about.