It’s Coming… The Ultimate Blog Party 2011

by Susan

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

UBP10-jan-sue-300pixOkay Ladies, here it is… the dates for the 5th Annual Ultimate Blog Party at 5 Minutes for Mom…

April 1 through April 8

Mark your calendars.

But don’t worry about booking plane tickets, hotel reservations, or calling babysitters, because this party comes to you right where you are at… online!

If you’re not sure what the Ultimate Blog Party is all about, here’s a video with some of our blogging buddies last year explaining the “What, Who, Why and When” of the Ultimate Blog Party.

So if you want a little more back story…

In 2007, Janice had this crazy idea to start something she called a “blog party” where Mom Bloggers would link up and “party” together in a blog carnival style, visiting each other’s sites and getting to know one another.  Almost 1000 bloggers joined in and the annual Ultimate Blog Party was born.

It’s funny to think back to 2007… it feels like ancient history in the blogosphere’s timeline. But together with you — our fabulous community — we created a groundbreaking event with the first “Blog Party” of its kind (that we know about.)

And you mom bloggers know how to party… each year the UBP gets bigger and better…

In 2008, the UBP had over 1500 bloggers participating and in 2009, over 2000 bloggers participated, and in 2010 the number passed 2300 bloggers partying with us.

And it just keeps growing,. The Ultimate Blog Party has not only grown in participating blogs (hitting more than 2300 blogs in 2010), but it has also “grown” in the variety of ways online “partiers” are connected in real life events — from live personal concerts featuring recording artist Chris Mann to webcast chats.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Ultimate Blog Party – What, Who, Why and When video. We had so much fun putting it together and catching glimpses of your lives.

What’s Next

We’ll be posting more soon about how you can join the party… but for now, flip your calendar to April 1 through April 8 and plan to party online with us and the rest of the fabulous mom blogging community.

You can get in the party mood and start thinking about what you’ll include in your 2011 “party post” by visiting some of the party posts from previous years.

UBP 2007
UBP 2008
UBP 2009
UBP 2010

We will be publishing Ultimate Blog Party buttons and banners that you can include on your blog to invite your readers to party with you.

The Ultimate Blog Party is all about you and this awesome community of bloggers. We are honored to host it and we’re looking forward to partying with you April 1st through 8th.

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Florence March 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Awesome! I just thought to ask you about this today and here’s my answer already.

Are you going to have more categories this time? 2010 had sooo many entries on the family friendly that it was so easy to get lost in it. Maybe divide it more to family friendly, decorating/DIY, dad writers, deal seekers, special needs, etc. Just a suggestion, :)


2 Susan March 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Fantastic suggestion Florence. We will definitely do that!!!


3 oh amanda March 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm

The first UBP is how I found the blogging community! It feels like a reunion every year! :)


4 Susan March 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I love that you discovered the blogging community through the UBP. That makes me so happy to hear.


5 Jennifer March 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Always so much fun!!


6 True Cuddles March 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm

This will be our first time and really looking forward to it. Calendar dates circled!


7 Susan March 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Awesome! So excited to have you coming.


8 simplywebly March 2, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Awesome! my first blog party. Looking forward to it as I have something awesome planned for April. That’s just the motivation I needed. Dated added on my iPhone or should I say mobile office. :)


9 Susan March 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Ohhhhh…. very exciting. I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ve got coming.


10 DaenelT March 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Yay! I participated last year and met so many wonderful people. Can’t wait to party again this year.


11 Susan March 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Love to hear that! Ditto on the yay.


12 Brooke March 2, 2011 at 7:19 pm



13 Susan March 3, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Ha ha Brooke… I know, we’ve been meaning to announce it for so long, we’ve just been so crazy busy lately.


14 Kristen March 2, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Great idea! Can’t wait!


15 Jennifer Auer March 2, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Sounds great. I’m attending the New York Getting Gorgeous event early in the week which is sure to get me in the partying mood.

Is there anything I need to be doing right now to RSVP?



16 Susan March 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm

How fun… Getting Gorgeous events are fabulous.

No need to RSVP now, we’ll be posting code for badges shortly and more information will follow.


17 Barbie March 3, 2011 at 12:47 am

So excited! I’ve been waiting for this!


18 Susan March 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I love to hear that!


19 Serendipity is Sweet March 3, 2011 at 8:22 am

Can’t wait to party with you again :) and it fits right in with my blogiversary!


20 Susan March 3, 2011 at 6:28 pm

How fun… gotta love it when timing works out.


21 Steph March 3, 2011 at 9:14 am

YES! I’m so there! Met a ton of great gals at last year’s UBP…..can’t wait to party with you all again. :)


22 Susan March 3, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I love to hear that you met great people at the last event because that is what it is all about.


23 Teresa March 3, 2011 at 10:50 am

Oh I was so excited when I saw this and then realized that it is spring break week and I will be on a cruise with very little access to the internet! Hope all of you have a great time! We leave on the 2nd. Maybe I can party for one day? No possible chance of joining the party afterwards? Does it live on past the date?


24 Susan March 3, 2011 at 6:30 pm

We tried to have it not fall during spring break, but it’s tough b/c the holiday is different in different areas and for different schools.

You can play along for one day, add your url to the linky and enter in for the prizes. The linky list lives on forever and people keeping visiting long after the week is over.


25 Kaye Swain March 3, 2011 at 11:53 am

YAY! I’ve got it on my calendar and already been thinking of what to do! Thank you so much for doing this again. It’s always so much fun and a great way to meet so many new and creative friends, including fellow grandparents, boomers, and seniors – which I so appreciate. And I KNOW how much hard work is involved so THANK YOU in advance for that as well. Have a blessed week :)


26 Susan March 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Thank you for your enthusiasm… it makes it worth all the hard work.


27 Melissa March 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Yay! I met so many amazing people the first time I participated! Missed it last year, but this year I have something fun planned!



28 Susan March 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Great to hear Melissa. Looking forward to seeing your post.


29 Michelle March 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm

WOOHOO!! I look forward to this every year.
This will be my 3rd year attending!!


30 Susan March 3, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Wow… you’re a UBP pro!


31 Angi March 3, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I participated for the first time last year right around the time I opened my blog to the world. I cannot wait to do it again. I had a blast.


32 Susan March 3, 2011 at 6:32 pm

So it will be your blog anniversary too… extra reason to party! See you there.


33 Lolli March 4, 2011 at 10:28 am

Yay! I have participated for the last 2 years, and will definitely be joining in again this year!


34 LaVonne March 4, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I am excited. I love the UBP! This will be my 3rd year, I believe.


35 Christine (LiveLaughLoveCj) March 5, 2011 at 11:40 am

I’ve been here with you every year ~ So excited for this year too! :) One of THE events I look forward to most each year. So many great people to meet, blogs to learn about, FUN! FUN! FUN!

I’ll be waiting for the Par-tay buttons to go live and all the details for this years event. WoooHooooo!!!! #UBP11 Let the fun begin!


36 Jenny March 6, 2011 at 11:26 am

woo!! Can’t wait!! :D


37 The Seafood Guy March 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm

This looks like a serious P-A-R-T-Y! Have fun ladies!!


38 Jackie Ladner March 15, 2011 at 6:38 am

What a fabulous idea! I am in full support and I would love to help support the blog party!
I am willing to piggyback a event on facebook and invite our 8000+ contacts and help get the event in full swing! We are excited! We are new to the blogging world so I know our vendors will be awfully excited!
Thanks and nice to meet you all,
Jackie Ladner.


39 Dayngr March 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Can’t wait!!


40 Mimi March 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Will we need to do a pre post again and then a list of the prizes we want to win in another post? I created this years post LAST year because I didn’t want to forget all the stuff I wanted to talk about. LOL Now I’m adding photos. =) This year I have to cut back on the length of my comments. Last year I was leaving paragraphs and couldn’t get thru as many as I had hoped.


41 Mom Fuse March 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Yay!! Can’t wait until UMB, I’ve had so much fun the last few years.. excited to see some great new blogs.


42 Margie G. March 23, 2011 at 9:27 am

Just curious when you contact us about submitting a prize? I submitted a week or so ago and haven’t heard back….just want to make sure you received what you needed.

Thank you!
Chesapeake Ribbons


43 snarky March 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

on “submitting a prize” it said they must not be used (obviously). I upcycle disney golden books into disney world character autograph books. Am I allowed to submit something like that?


44 Jeannette March 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Are you going to have a list of prizes posted early? Or have I just missed that post. :p


45 Norah March 26, 2011 at 9:55 am

I am new to blogging and can’t wait to learn more, meet great people and explore the blogosphere with you all! See you soon!


46 Eileen Rhoadarmer - Science Fiction Mommy March 30, 2011 at 3:31 am

I’ve been looking forward to this for a while and have already got my post planned, but am a little disappointed to see that it looks like you have to be on Twitter to win a prize? Will there be any way around that for those of us who haven’t had a reason to add that complication to our lives yet?


47 Pam March 30, 2011 at 9:57 am

This will be my first time to participate in the UBP! I’m excited! I’m just finishing up my “teasers invitation” post on my blog. I have even submitted a prize. Where do I go to sign up and link my blog? Do I wait until tomorrow (4/1) to do that? I’m sooooooooooooooo excited!!!


48 Wendy Hagen March 30, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Houston, we are ready for takeoff.
Almost ime to virtual party.


49 Sheri Carpenter March 31, 2011 at 7:51 am

Can’t wait. I hope my prize gets listed though. I signed up at the very beginning and don’t see it listed anywhere.


50 Carol ( Answer Is Chocolate) March 31, 2011 at 3:59 pm

This will be my first time participating and I’m really looking forward to it!


51 Henrietta March 31, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I submitted a Prize Submission form and then realized I had something else to give away. I never confirmed the email for the first form. I filled the form out again with the correct info but it won’t let me submit because i never verified the first one. Am I out of luck or is there anyway to resubmit the info? thanks!


52 Henrietta March 31, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Nevermind, I will just host a giveaway on my blog and link up. Thanks!


53 Henrietta March 31, 2011 at 10:55 pm

And, I’m a dork :) Thank you, my prize was submitted and I see it on the list. I’m also hosting a giveaway on my party post so it’s all good!


54 @littlebytesnews March 31, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I’m confused the video says April 9-16 but the post says April 1-8?? Which is it?? Thanks!


55 @littlebytesnews March 31, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Also where is the linky for the 2011 Ultimate Blog Party?? Thanks!


56 Cascia April 1, 2011 at 12:07 am

Still looking for the linky list! I can’t wait to visit the blogs participating this year!


57 By Word of Mouth Musings April 1, 2011 at 12:10 am

A newbie here, but excited to be a Party Girl :)
I am very family friendly btw and thoroughly thrilled to be here!
I could also link up a great piece of jewelry if more prizes are needed – just let me know!


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