Everything You Need To Know About The Ultimate Blog Party 2010

by Janice

Ultimate Blog Party 2010
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The party has started! You can find the main post and linky’s here! The party will run April 9th – 16th. Don’t forget to leave a comment over at the main party post to be eligible to win prizes.

Are you ready to join in on the fun?

How to party with us

We want to give a HUGE welcome to all women (and men too) whether or not you have children.

We use the term “Mom” to include everyone who loves children and is interested in the types of things that generally interest moms.

We especially want to include moms-to-be and women struggling to become moms.

So, we want YOU to party with us, whether you’re a mom, grandma, a single gal, dad, blogger or non-blogger. You can all party with us (and be eligible for the prizes) at the Ultimate Blog Party.


  • Invite your friends

    Ultimate Blog Party 2010Put our Invitation Button on your sidebar and write a post inviting all your friends. Click here for the button codes.

  • Host a party at your place

    The Ultimate Blog Party is all about meeting people and getting your blog noticed.

    So have FUN while you showcase your blog and your style. Add pictures, music, video, a slide show, or even a voice post, decorate, include recipes, make your guests laugh — whatever you want. It is your party!

    Just don’t forget to introduce yourself.

    You only need to make ONE party post during the week of April 9-16th. The rest of the week you blog as you normally would. But please link the URL of your party post in the MckLinky so that others can find it – or put it as a sticky at the top of your home page.

    And in your party post, please link back to 5 Minutes for Mom so everyone can find the rest of the parties. Here is the code to include a UBP 10 button in your post.

    (If you want some party ideas, you can visit our first Ultimate Blog Party post, or our Ultimate Blog Party 2008 party post, or Ultimate Blog Party 2009 party post and click through the links of the participating bloggers from those years. You might get some ideas.)

  • Sign the MckLinky here at 5 Minutes for Mom.

    The MckLinky lists will be published in our party post on April 9th at 12:01 AM Eastern.

    When your own party post is published, add the permalink of that party post to one of the MckLinky lists here at 5 Minutes for Mom in our Ultimate Blog Party Post.

    The UBP ’10 will run for one week, from Friday, April 9, 2010 to Friday, April 16, 2010. The prizes winners will be announced by the latest Friday, April 23rd. (We’ll publish the winners as soon as possible, but it takes a long time to assign all those prizes.)

    The MckLinky lists will go live at Friday April 9, 2010, 12:01 am Eastern Time. Participating bloggers can add their link any time during the week of the party. Just remember, PLEASE do not add your link until your party post is up on your blog. And you must use your party post permalink or put your party post as a sticky at the top of your blog for the week so that other partiers can find your post.

    (But please everyone try not to hit the server all in the same second… in previous years the massive traffic has brought down our server. We do have a dedicated server currently hosted with the fabulous LiquidWeb.com and we hope this year it will survive the traffic stampede. But if the site won’t load, please watch for updates on Twitter at #ubp10.)

    Note we will again have MULTIPLE MckLinky lists to help you find each other.

    Find ONE blog category that best suits you and add your party post url.

    1. Family Friendly Blog
    2. Not So Family Friendly Blog
    3. Mompreneur (Includes Store Blogs and Business Blogs)
    4. Dad Blogger

    You can ALSO add your facebook profile or fan page and your twitter profile to these two linkies.
    5. Facebook
    6. Twitter

    To put the URL of your post in the MckLinky, get the permalink for your post (by clicking on permalink or the title of your post) and then copy that URL into the MckLinky.

    The MckLinkies remain permanently in the post. So, no worries, you can keep coming back to the list of party links.

    Please Note: Please use only the central MckLinkies that will be posted here at 5 Minutes for Mom. We want everyone to be able to find each others’ posts. Those MckLinkies will not go live until the party begins on April 9th.

    (By the way, MckLinky is a tool that allows bloggers to leave their name and URL link in a convenient box. Bloggers use them to post their links during carnivals, parties and memes so participants can so other readers can find their posts.

    Head over to the MckLinky site to learn more about it. If you want to see a MckLinky in action, you can check out one of our latest Tackle It Tuesday carnivals.)

  • Submit a prize (optional)

    If you want to get extra traffic and promotion to your blog or store, you can donate a prize. For details, go here.

    Our Ultimate Blog Party 2010 Prize Page will generate tons traffic and attention. Last year’s Ultimate Blog Party 2009 Prize Page had about 10,000 page views.

    Pamela from Happy Panda will again be collecting and listing prize submissions. Please click over to her site and thank her. (Her baby clothes are sooooo adorable. Definitely shop there for your next baby shower gift.)

    Go to our Ultimate Blog Party 2010 Prize Submission Form to submit a prize.

    All prizes will be listed on our Ultimate Blog Party 2010 Prize Page.

    Note: These submissions are for prizes that we will list on our Prize Page and that we will randomly award to those who comment on our Party Post.

    You may ALSO choose to offer an independent giveaway on your own blog during the party. Many participants choose to do so. Prizes you offer on your own blog, you award to winners and they are not listed on 5 Minutes for Mom.

    Feel free to participate in either or both ways of offering prizes.

    Only party guests (bloggers who signed the Linky and invited guests via a post and Invitation Button AND non-bloggers who have attended and commented on at least 20 participating party posts) will be eligible to win prizes.

    We will draw the winners from the comments at the main 5 Minutes for Mom UBP ’10 party post. So make sure you leave a comment on the 5 Minutes for Mom UBP ’10 party post. (Our post during the party — not this instruction post!)

    We will award the prizes by a random draw. 5 Minutes for Mom founders (Janice and Susan) and Pamela from Happy Panda, who is the prize coordinator, will NOT be eligible in the draw. All other 5 Minutes for Mom writers will still be eligible.

    Prize hosts will be responsible for sending their prize to their winners. If a prize host wins her own prize, her name will be put back and a new name will be drawn. Please see our site’s Terms and Conditions for our complete list of contest rules and regulations.

  • Get out and PARTY!

    When the party starts on April 9th, browse through the MckLinky lists and look for names you don’t recognize and visit their parties. Don’t forget to introduce yourself with a comment before you move on to the next party!

  • Have an After Party

    A great post party tradition, is to write a post a week or so after the UBP to introduce some of the new bloggers you met. This is a great way to share some linky love with your new friends.


The UBP is for non-bloggers too! What would blogs be without readers?!?

So whether you have your own blog, or you only read blogs, you are invited to the party — and you are included in the prize draw!

All you need to do to be eligible for the prizes is comment on our party post and attend some parties.

(Visit and comment on at least 20 blogs participating blogs – simply click on the blogs name on the lists of links called MckLinky to party hop – and you will qualify as a party guest.)

Note: Please be considerate of another and keep your party posts family friendly. We recognize that “family friendly” is a subjective term, so we just ask you to use your best judgment.

Having said that, if a blogger isn’t your style just jump back to the MckLinky and visit someone else.

If, however, you see a post or site that contains nudity or vulgar language or images, please let us know. Offensive blogs will be removed from the MckLinky list at the discretion of the 5 Minutes for Mom team.

The party has started! You can find the main post and linky’s here! The party will run April 9th – 16th. Don’t forget to leave a comment over at the main party post to be eligible to win prizes. And to see all the prizes for the MAIN UBP10 party, go to the UBP prize page

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carrie March 17, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I love your blog parties! I’ve got my invitation post up and am all excited about the party coming soon!


2 Theresa March 25, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I just learned of your Ultimate Blog Party and am really looking forward to participating! Thanks!


3 JamericanSpice March 26, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Ooh I can’t wait!


4 julie leischner April 12, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Thanks for visiting my blog! I’m checking yours out next!


5 barb April 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I’m going to try to do this for the first time ever. Sounds like a lot of fun but kind of confusing but I’ll read thru it all again & just do it when the time gets here. Hope I can win a prize because I never win anything even thou I’ve left comments everywhere & entered almost every giveaway!


6 Liza April 8, 2010 at 8:34 am

HELP! How do I post my party post? I can’t figure out this mclinky thing!!!!!


7 Micael April 9, 2010 at 12:35 am

Ok, I must be really tired, b/c I have been looking for 30 minutes and I am not seeing the McLinky or ‘party post’ anywhere. Can someone give me a direct link to the post that has the McLinky on it?? Thanks!


8 Kimberly April 9, 2010 at 12:59 am

I’m with you – I’ve been looking. I think I’m totally lost – can’t find the McLinky or the Party Post.


9 Nicole (Mama to 3 Blessings) April 9, 2010 at 1:03 am

I do not see it either & it’s 1:02 AM my time, maybe they are on a different time zone?


10 Wendy (The Local Cook) April 9, 2010 at 5:02 am

Wondering what “not so family friendly” means? As in, not focused on families, or . . . bam chica bam bam. ;-)


11 Kristin April 9, 2010 at 5:22 am

I posted my page! Thank you for throwin’ the party!!


12 Lynette, Cooking, Gardening, Homeschooling, Life April 9, 2010 at 8:49 am

I loved this party last year and hoepfully will love it more this year. I have put your button on my blog and announced the party on twitter!! Thanks so much for all the hard work! :)


13 RK April 9, 2010 at 10:13 am

What a neat idea! I am a reader, not a blogger, and my “home” blog is Couponing to Disney. Looking forward to visiting other blogs!


14 @Dayngr April 9, 2010 at 11:30 am

I’m excited to be participating this year!!


15 Janel C April 9, 2010 at 11:39 am

I’m confused… is it just ONE comment that enters us and then we don’t comment on the main post any more times? I didn’t want to comment over there because I already did once and I’m just confused! :) Thanks!


16 Jill Kathan April 9, 2010 at 3:25 pm

LOVE Blog parties! Hope I am entered now too!!!


17 Stephanie April 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Woohoo! Excited to be part of my first bloggy adventure! Can’t wait to jump in and find some good reads and meet some new ‘friends’ (oh, and did somebody say something about prizes?)


18 Kim April 9, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Going to join the party tomorrow! Having a hard time getting the prize page but will keep trying.


19 Alexis from Finding Prose in the Laundry April 9, 2010 at 7:23 pm

This is my first Blog Party and I am super excited to see how it goes!


20 Jolene April 9, 2010 at 7:39 pm

This seems like fun! Fabulous idea! :)


21 Carolee April 9, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I had such a blast at the party last year!

Hope I win something this year :-]


22 melissa pruitt April 9, 2010 at 11:54 pm

This sounds like so much fun!!!!!!!!


23 Lisa- wasabi mommy April 10, 2010 at 9:47 am

I am very interested in joining in on this and I love your ideas, and It looks so intimidating to try and figure out all I need to do to join but I am going to figure it out. the colors you chose for the buttons are great too- thanks for taking the time to do this.


24 Kingstongirl April 10, 2010 at 11:53 am

So excited to do this! I am knew and have never done anything like this. I am trying to grow my blog and get its fan base up! Thanks for adding me! <3 Love Kingstongirl


25 Jodi April 10, 2010 at 3:35 pm

My first blog ever and my first time with UBP ever too! I just hope to increase traffic (ie: more than me) and find some other neat blogs. Not that winning a prize would suck :-)


26 Donna Conzett April 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I am new to blogging for coupons and free stuff and I really appreciate all of the information!


27 Estee April 11, 2010 at 2:47 am

Im very excited to be joining your party. My first here, so thanks for the invite.


28 Michelle F April 11, 2010 at 8:24 am

I’m new to the Blob Party but it sounds awesome!


29 Laura April 11, 2010 at 10:36 am

I have just added my link – hope I put it in the right place :)


30 Arlene F April 11, 2010 at 11:34 am

My first time ever to party with the 5minutsformom …my links are all from twitter, myspace and FB! I am a blog reader!!! @madly59


31 Arlene F April 11, 2010 at 11:38 am

Here is my tweet on twitter @madly59 http://twitter.com/madly59/status/11996198501


32 Julie April 11, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Thanks so much for hosting !!!


33 Nina April 11, 2010 at 4:59 pm



34 Mitzi April 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm

What a fabulous idea. I think I might be a little late for the party…but wanted to let you know I bounced by.


35 Cath April 11, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Awesome idea.


36 Stephanie April 12, 2010 at 9:06 am

Great idea! Joining in!


37 Kristine April 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Check out my Party BLOG for food, fun and music!

What a great idea! :)


38 julie April 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm

What a great idea! Happy to have discovered this :). Thanks for hosting.


39 Erica April 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm

This is the ultimate party!


40 Nicole April 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm

This is my first time on teh blog party and I like it so far , at first it seemed like a labyrinth but I think I’m getting the hang of it. I’m follwing you on twitter now too, thats how I foudn out about it! Looks liek you guys also have some great giveaways.


41 Anne April 13, 2010 at 10:51 am

I’m excited to participate!!!


42 Denise C April 13, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Glad to join alot of great bloggers with alot of great ideas and humor of getting along better in life. Hopefully I can add to your life with my views and family dysfunction.


43 Michelle April 14, 2010 at 12:13 am

would like to ry but dont know what I am doing soo maybe I will just read this year or maybe not it cant be that hard ? right? just copy and paste some codes hmm wil def be back to find soem new things to read sounds fun and I love meeting new people!


44 ericasandwall April 14, 2010 at 12:23 am

My first blog ever and my first time with UBP ever too! I just hope to increase traffic (ie: more than me) and find some other neat blogs. Not that winning a prize would suck :-)


45 Sandwiched April 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm

This was so much fun last year…glad I got the the party just in time!


46 Destry Lcoascio April 14, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I’m new to blogging — VERY NEW… I just started a week ago. My friend invited me to this UBP and now I’m here!! You have a GREAT Site!


47 vidia2be April 14, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Im so excited for tonight only a couple more hours


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