Richard of Philosophy, et cetera sent me an email (I think it was a form email, but that's ok) suggesting that I mention the Philosopher's Carnival here. I'm not sure what good it will do, as I don't get many visitors, and those I do get are likely to already know about it, but I'm going to do it anyway. I like Richard's blog, and he's going out of his way to publicize the Carnival. He clearly thinks it's an important project, as this post indicates. Personally, I have a mixed opinion about these compilation blogs. I'm not exactly sure what their purpose is, and therefore how successful they can be. The Tangled Bank, which seems to be getting a lot of attention, is interesting, but so far I haven't been blown away by the posts. PZ Myers of Pharyngula has had some very educational submissions, which is no surprised, but most of the others haven't really floated my boat, if you know what I mean.
The first two Carnivals have been a mixed bag too, in my opinion. I really liked some of the posts (this one and this one in particular), and Siris' presentation of the second Carnival was fun. Still, I'm ambivalent about the role of this sort of project, and blogs in general, in scholarly exchange. It's been my impression, at least from my own field, that people who are working on particular topics know what's going on with others who are working on the same topics, from conferences, emails, the literature (especially through reviewing papers - does anyone read articles in journals anymore?), etc. I'm not sure what blogs can add to that. What they may do is allow people like me, who aren't experts in a field (e.g., analytic philosophy, the primary focus of the Carnival), to be exposed to some summaries of interesting work going on in that field. However, group blogs already serve that purpose fairly well, so the compilations might be superfluous.
Anyway, it's probably too early in the life-cycle of the Carnival to speculate about what it can be. The best way to discover the role of new mediums like this is to participate in them, and then sit back and watch where they go. So, I hope everyone's going to visit the next Carnival, due up on October 4. I know I'll be checking it out, and maybe I'll find something that inspires me.