The 57th edition of the Humanist Symposium has been posted at Unequally Yoked (a great concept for a blog in its own right!). Go check it out, link to it if you see fit, and thank the host for all her fine work.
With that said, I have to say a few words about the future of the Humanist Symposium. I started this carnival back in April 2007 because I believed, and still do believe, that there ought to be a more prominent platform for writing on humanism and the positive side of atheism. I’m happy to do the bookkeeping work of scheduling and running the carnival as long as there’s an equal response from the community.
But in the last few months, I’ve noticed a trailing off of interest – both in the volume of submissions, and especially in the number of people volunteering to host. When the carnival started up, it was routinely the case that there were hosts for many months out. But lately, there have only been hosts for one or two editions in advance, if that, and the next edition has no host at all as of yet. It’s not that there’s no more writing on positive atheism; I see it all the time. But it may be that the carnival itself hasn’t caught fire among the nonreligious blogosphere as a way of promoting it.
There are several bloggers whom I think really get the mission of the Humanist Symposium, and who have been very diligent in hosting and sending in submissions. I do appreciate their efforts. But I’m hoping for it to be supported by a broader, organic community, not just a dedicated core of a few, and I haven’t been seeing that these past months.
So, I put it to you: Is this the end of the road for the Humanist Symposium? Three-plus years is a pretty good run for any blog carnival, I think. Has this carnival run its course? Should it be discontinued?