Are You Coming to The Ultimate Blog Party 2008?

Ultimate Blog Party 2008

The Party Has Started!!! Click Here Now.

Hurry up… you’re late… the party is already rockin’ the blogosphere.
GET OVER THERE!

If you don’t know what’s going on, read on… it’s all explained below.

During the week of March 7-14th, the blogosphere will be party hopping – jumping through our Mr. Linky list of participating bloggers, meeting new friends and partying blogger-style at the Ultimate Blog Party 2008, here at 5 Minutes for Mom.

Are you going to be there?

Last year’s Ultimate Blog Party was a blast with almost 1000 participating bloggers. So make sure you don’t miss out on this one. It is a fantastic opportunity to introduce your blog to a bunch of new people and to find new blogs that you will want to read regularly.

As well, The Ultimate Blog Party features tons of prizes. The prize list is constantly growing – check it out! Thank you to Pamela, from Happy Panda, who is coordinating the prizes and will draw the winners.

Last year we made the prize draw only open to participating bloggers. But this year, because we have so many faithful non-blogging readers at 5 Minutes for Mom who may want to join in on the party hopping to find some great new reads – we have decided to open up the party – and the prize draw – to non-bloggers as well! For more about prize eligibility read on and visit our prize page.

So how do you party with us?

This is how it works for bloggers who want to participate in The Ultimate Blog Party 2008 and be eligible to enter the prize draw:

  • Invite your friends

    Ultimate Blog Party 2008Put our Invitation Button on your sidebar and write a post inviting all your friends. Click here for the button codes. We have two designs available in various sizes courtesy of our winner, Selene from iDesign Studios, and runner up, Karla from Looking Towards Heaven and Fruition Design, of the UBP Design Contest.

    We hate to be exclusive, but sorry boys… this the party is for women bloggers only. All women bloggers are invited regardless of parental status, religious affiliations, etc. This party is about having fun with friends and meeting new people.

    We do ask, though, that participating blogs are not offensive. Please keep your party posts family friendly. We recognize that “family friendly” and “offensive” are subjective terms, so we just ask you to be considerate of one another.

    Having said that, if someone isn’t your style and you aren’t fond of their blog – no worries- just jump back to the Mr. Linky 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 Mr. Linky list at the discretion of the 5 Minutes for Mom team.

  • Host a party at your place

    The UBP ’08 is all about meeting people and getting your blog noticed.

    So throw a party that showcases your blog and your style. Add some pictures, music, video, slide show, or even a voice post, decorate, include recipes, make your guests laugh – whatever you want. Be creative and have fun!

    And, of course, make sure you introduce yourself.

    You only need to make ONE party post during the week of March 7-14th. The rest of the week you blog as you normally would. But please link the URL of your party post in the Mr. Linky so that others can find it – or put it as a sticky at the top of your home page.

    (If you are stuck for ideas,you could always visit last year’s Ultimate Blog Party post, complete with the Mr. Linky of all the participating bloggers. You might get some ideas from some of the bloggers who partied last year.)

  • Sign the Mr. Linky here at 5 Minutes for Mom

    After you have your post ready and published, come on over to our central Ultimate Blog Party Post here at 5 Minutes for Mom and add your link to the Mr. Linky.

    It will be a week long bash from Friday, March 7, 2008 to Friday, March 14, 2008. The prizes will be announced on Monday, March 17th.

    The Mr. Linky will go live at Friday March 7th, 12:01 am Eastern Time and participating bloggers who have their party post up can add their link any time during the week of the party. (The Linky will stay permanently in the post, so you can come back later and catch up on any blogs you may have missed.) Obviously linking earlier in the week will result in more people visiting your party, but you do not need to have your link in the Mr. Linky until March 14 at 12pm Eastern to be eligible for the draw.

    PLEASE do not add your link until your party post is up on your blog. As well, please link to the URL of your party post 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.

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

    Please Note: Please use only the central Mr. Linky at 5 Minutes for Mom. We don’t want anyone to miss the chance to find people’s posts by adding their name to another Linky. And, as we said, please link directly to your Ultimate Blog Party post or have your Ultimate Blog Party post as a sticky at the top of your home page.

  • (In case you are wondering what a Mr. Linky is. Mr. Linky is a great little invention that allows bloggers to leave their name and URL link in a convenient box. Bloggers use them for carnivals, parties and memes so participants can leave their link to their blog/post.

    Head over to the official Mr. Linky site to learn all about them and how you can use them on your own blog. There is even a FAQ page to answer all your questions. If you want to see a Mr. Linky in action, check out our latest Wordless Wednesday.)

  • Submit a prize (optional)

    Our prize page is generating a lot of traffic and attention. So if your blog or store wants to submit a prize let us know.

    Everyone is welcome to host a prize. All prizes will be listed on our Ultimate Blog Party 2008 Prize Page. The page is continually updated with new prizes as they are submitted.

    Please Note: Prizes must be for something FREE. Discounts on products and services will not be included. If you are providing a gift certificate, it must be for an amount that can purchase an item.

    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.

    The prizes will be drawn from the comments at the main 5 Minutes for Mom UBP ’08 party post. So make sure you leave a comment on the 5 Minutes for Mom UBP ’08 party post. (Our post during the party – not this one!)

    All prizes will be awarded by a random draw. 5 Minutes for Mom (Janice and Susan) and Pamela, who is the prize coordinator, will not be eligible in the draw. Prize hosts will be responsible for sending their prize to their winner. If a prize host wins their own prize, their name will be put back and a new name will be drawn. Email Pamela to submit a prize.

  • Get out and PARTY!

    It is time to meet people! Search the Linky and look for names you don’t recognize and hop over to their party.

  • Have an After Party

    The week after the Blog Party, write a post and introduce some of the new bloggers you met at the party.

So there you have it. If you have any questions, just contact us.

We can’t wait – see you soon!

Click here to get the codes for the UBP ’08 buttons and banner


Comments

  1. says

    I am really looking forward to this year’s Blog Party. I had an absolute blast last year both putting a party post up and visiting so many INTERESTING people!! Thanks so much for doing this, ladies. You’re the best.

  2. says

    I’m new to all this excitement. lol
    I plan to be there!
    I just posted the party at my blog along with the sidebar invite. I can’t wait to tell all my friends!!
    I look forward to meeting new friends too!

  3. says

    I wanted to do this last year but could not so I am pretty excited to try it this year. Thanks so much. I put a button in my blog already!

  4. says

    This looks like a BLAST!!! I am completely new to the blogging world, so my head is spinning!!! What fun!!! I’m going to submit a couple of my lullaby CD’s for prizes! Can’t wait to “meet” everyone!

    Cher :)

  5. says

    Never done this before. Do you consider fabulous women who are forty years plus too old? Our life is simply just beginning so I guess we can celebrate it with a bit of blogging. Sounds fun!

  6. says

    I’m soooooooooo excited…I’m new to the blog world and I can’t wait for the party!!! =) I need to go check out last years party to get some cool ideas!!! =) I posted the link about the party and added the button…I’m hoping all my blog friends will join! =)

    THANKS FOR SOMETHING COOL & FUN TO BLOG ABOUT!!!!! =)

  7. says

    Count me in! Sounds like lots of fun. This is my first year and I’m looking forward to reading lots of new blogs and meeting some new people. Now to get my site ready to PARTY!! :)

  8. says

    Oh yeah – party time! This event was such a blast last year, how could one not want to do it again?! I’ve my button up already. Now, to think up a good party post. Cya all at the party! :)

  9. says

    I am so excited! My button is up and ready!
    This is such a wonderful idea and I know everyone will have a blast! Thank you so much!

    Hugs,
    Sue

  10. says

    This is my first time participating in the Ultimate Blog Party; It sounds SO fun!!! I hope I have done everything correctly! :()

  11. says

    I’m excited to read other blogs, and maybe have someone read mine. (Although I’m going to have to catch on to this “Mr. Linky” deal quickly, as I am not cool enough to have encountered it till now.) See you at the party!

  12. says

    Count me in! I will be trying to do something each day next week for the party – and be giving away books on my blog as part of the party! Looking forward to finding new blogs and winning some prizes too! :)

    ~ Loni ~
    Mama of a Dozen

  13. says

    When I click on the link to your central post with the Mr. Linky, it tells me that it’s “Not Found.” I don’t know why, but no amount of refreshing seems to let me see the page. Help!

  14. says

    I’ve joined the party and I love the fabulous idea!!! My party is all things Easter…please grap some chocolate and jelly beans and join in my ULTIMATE bloggin PARTY!!! I can’t wait to see all of your fun Easter ideas and give you a few of mine :0)

  15. says

    Gee, my first blog party and I thought I was doing something wrong. Glad to finally be here. Yeah! Hi everyone, if you like gardens, come check me out! We are having a Garden Party!

  16. says

    wow, this is quite a party. I hope I can get all this stuff figured out and read some amazing blogs. The perfect Friday night events with all the kids sleeping, and husband…husband…oops I forgot about him…blogging can have that affect on me. Cheers to a wonderful and successful party.

  17. Carol Ezovski says

    I am new to this. I have a blog and I have the button about the Blog Party Up, and I signed up for Mr. Linky. But other than that, I am LOST.
    ) Where is the Mr. Linky that I am supposed to sign?
    2) Where do I post my list of most-wanted prizes?
    3) Am I supposed to sign other people’s blogs?
    4) For those who don’t have a blog, they have to sign so many guestbooks, right? How is that verified? Where do THEY post their most-wanted list?
    Please help???? I have my list made up but have no idea what to do now!
    Carol
    digicat@sbcglobal.net

  18. Terra Heck says

    I’m just a party guest and this is my first time participating. Although I do not have a blog of my own, I love to read the blogs that are out there. I enjoy reading about other people’s lives, getting their perspective on things, and seeing the unique products that are available for sale.
    I hope I’m doing the right thing by posting here and posting on all the sites that are giving away prizes I’m interested in with my valid e-mail address.

  19. jennifer bowen says

    boy oh boy would i love to win some of the contest for that matter how do you enter it? if i’m on the right place to do that please enter me in more then any thing i would love to win some thing for my littleone

  20. says

    I just visited your site for the first time. I am kinda new at this but saw it on some of my friend’s blogs. It was great!!

  21. says

    first-timer here…already being sucked in! havent gotten off the computer and its not even 10am! i’m sitting here asking myself why i didn’t start blogging when i was in the working world- woulda made my days go by much faster! :)

  22. says

    I am so excited to party this week with my readers.
    I am going to go and start visiting some other bloggers today.
    What a fun way to meet bloggers.

  23. says

    Sounds like lots of fun. I am new to this and to blogging. I got the ideas from my Aunt (www.homeschoolblogger.com/anneshaw) and am having much fun with it. Come visit my blog.

  24. Annamaria says

    I don’t have a blog, but am an avid reader of them! I love “Especially Heather” and “Danielle Bean” especially!

    If I win a prize, please give it to Heather! She has been such an inspiration to me.

  25. says

    So if ya wanna win some really cool prizes head on over to the BLOGGER PARTY!! If you are looking for other parties to join in head on over to 5minutesformom

  26. says

    Congratulations to Debi for winning our Boca Beth Beginner Set. It will ship Monday/lunes which is tomorrow! Yippppeeee! And thank you to all of you blogging amigas/friends for mentioning how important it is to you to give your child a jump start on learning a 2nd language!

    Happy Educating! ¡Sea feliz educando!

    Boca Beth

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