Ultimate Blog Party 2011

by Susan

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

 

Click this link to find all the information for the Ultimate Blog Party 2012

 

Come on in — the ULTIMATE BLOG PARTY 2011 is HERE!

Ultimate Blog Party 2011 - Mom Blogs Link UpWelcome! You have made it to the right place — this is the place to party April 1 through April 8 for the Ultimate Blog Party 2011.

We are Janice and Susan, the twin bloggers behind 5 Minutes for Mom and we are so excited you are joining us for our FIFTH annual Ultimate Blog Party!

The Ultimate Blog Party is just that — the ultimate place to party and meet new friends, (but no babysitters, airplanes, or tickets necessary!)

If you are new to the UBP and you are wondering what is going on…here is a quick explanation of how to party virtually — blogger style!

Yes — it really is quite simple! Write a party post on your site, sharing a bit of what you and your site are all about, and then add the URL of that party post to the applicable linky list below.

Then start partying! Blog hop through the linky lists, leaving comments and making friends as you go!

Prizes!

Oh and don’t forget to enter for the prizes! THIS YEAR we are handling prizes DIFFERENTLY…

To enter to win the Prizes on the Prize Page you must fill out a PRIZE ENTRY FORM. You can submit it any time before midnight Friday April 8th. So take your time and browse the prize listings, because in your entry form you will have the chance to indicate your top prize choices from the incredible Ultimate Blog Party 2011 Prize Pool!

We will ALSO do separate random draws for a $100 Visa Gift Card from our Featured Prize Sponsors for each of the Linky Lists and for two $100 Land’s End Gift Cards drawn from the Comments section.

Our Kids Have the Party Started…

It is a tradition for us to throw an Ultimate Blog Party with our kids every year. In fact, as February rolls around, our kids start asking us when we are having our Ultimate Blog Party. They love the chance to dress up, jump on the furniture, and eat cupcakes, all in the name of blogging! So, of course, we had to party!!!

Susan with Sophia and Julia

Janice with Olivia and Jackson

It is so fun to watch our kids grow up over the last five years with our UBP party videos! Here are the UBP party posts from the last four years:

UBP 2007
UBP 2008
UBP 2009
UBP 2010

What 5 Minutes for Mom is all About…

It is always a little difficult to explain 5 Minutes for Mom. It is a bit of a hybrid of a site. It is our personal site, infused by our lives as moms, bloggers, and business owners, but it is also about more than us… it’s about YOU! It is about the Bringing Moms Together through the incredible power of the online mom community.

We are here to inspire, support, connect, encourage, empower, and entertain you. And we don’t do it alone — we have a great group of writers, editors, and guest contributors. In fact, if you are interested, you can find information here about joining our team and we have a form for guest post submissions.

There’s Even More Partying This Year…

Ultimate Blog Party 2011 - Mom Blogs Link Up

The Ultimate Blog Party LIVE

This year, we will have two LIVE interactive UBP11 Events:

The Ultimate Blog Party LIVE — 9-11pm EST, Thursday, April 7th, 2011

The UBP LIVE will be a video simulcast on MomTV and 5 Minutes for Mom where Susan and I chat via web cam and text chatting with YOU! We will have a few TOP bloggers around the country that we will live stream in during the UBP LIVE as we talk about hot blogging topics!

Twitter Live Event on Monday night April 4th

The #UBP11 on Twitter — 9-10:30pm Eastern, Monday, April 4th, 2011

This will be an hour and a half dedicated to getting to know each other on Twitter with questions about blogging, social media and YOU! We will host a special Twitter Handle RSVP for this event so you can find and follow the other participants easily. Check back for that post this weekend.

There will be tons of virtual partying going on this week and it all ENDS — 11:59pm Eastern, April 8, 2010. (Well, the link lists will live on forever and you can keep blog hopping for weeks and months to come… but the ‘official’ party will be over.)

Entries for the fabulous prizes close at 11:59pm Eastern, April 8, 2011. And then we will begin trying to draw ALL those winners! Please have patience!

Now that the party has started…

  1. If you have a blog, publish a “party post” on your site. (You may want to prepare this post ahead of time, so that you’re ready to link-up as soon as the party starts.)
  2. Add your blog url AND/OR your facebook link AND/OR your twitter link to the appropriate Linky that WILL BE on this very post.
  3. Visit tons of blogs, facebook pages and follow new twitter friends from the Linky.

And remember to follow @5minutesformom and watch hashtag #UBP11 on Twitter.

We will open comments on this post when the party starts on April 1st.

Remember to post an Ultimate Blog Party badge on your site and invite everyone to party with you!

Entries for the fabulous prizes close at 11:59pm Eastern, April 8, 2011. And then we will begin trying to draw ALL those winners! Please have patience!

Add Your URL’s HERE to PARTY at the Ultimate Blog Party 2011


You must PICK ONE category to add your Blog link. There are Linky Lists below for the following categories.

  1. Mom Blogs with Product Reviews and Giveaways
  2. Mom Blogs with very Little Product Emphasis
  3. Christian and Religious Blogs
  4. Specialty Blogs
  5. Business Blogs
  6. Daily Life and Opinion Blogs
  7. Dad Blogs

You can ALSO add your Facebook and Twitter to the Linky Lists titled…

  1. Facebook Pages
  2. Twitter Handles

If you want a further explanation of what a Linky is and why we choose Linky Tools to host the party links, click here for our detailed explanation.

Mom Blogs with Product Reviews and Giveaways

Mom blogs that include product related posts and giveaways. If your blog is PR friendly and you don’t mind being contacted by brands, include your site here.

One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win a $100 Visa Gift Card
Provided by:

Kristie from Saving Dollars and Sense
Follow Kristie @sawickis – Like Saving Dollars and Sense

WINNER: #142 – Food And Fun in the 419

Mom Blogs with very Little Product Emphasis

Mom blogs focusing on personal narratives that rarely include giveaways or product related content. If you’re a Mom Blogger who prefers to delete emails from PR folks, your site likely belongs in this list.

One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win a $100 Visa Gift Card
Provided by:

Jody from Mommy Moment
Follow Jody @mommymomentblog – Like Mommy Moment

WINNER: #220 – A Class of Her Own

Christian and Religious Blogs

Blogs with an emphasis on Christian or Faith related topics. If you often blog about your faith and you want to connect with other faith-based bloggers, add your link here.

One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win a $100 Visa Gift Card
Provided by:

Lesa from Bear Haven Boutique
Follow Lesa @ilovebearhaven – Like Bear Haven Boutique

WINNER: #280 – A Grace-full Life

Specialty Blogs

Photography, Cooking, Crafting, Homeschooling, Shopping, Couponing etc

One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win a $100 Visa Gift Card
Provided by:

Abbey from Living My MoMent
Follow Abbey @LivingMyMoMent – Like LivingMyMoMent

WINNER: #384 – Easy.Everyday.Eats.

Business Blogs

Entrepreneur, Work at Home, Social Media, Internet Marketing, SEO or Blogs associated with a company or online store

One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win a $100 Visa Gift Card
Provided by:

Wendy from Kiboomu
Follow Wendy @kiboomu – Like Kiboomu

WINNER: #52: – One2One Network

Daily Life and Opinion Blogs

Wide open range of blogs including Political, News and Celebrity topics

One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win a $100 Visa Gift Card
Provided by:

Jen from Pipsqueak Boutique
Follow Jen @jenkirkpatrick

WINNER: #210 – Diary of a Nouveau Soccer Mom

Dad Blogs

Guys, we don’t want to leave you out!

One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win a $100 Visa Gift Card
Provided by:

Sarah from Home Based Working Moms and www.SarahCampbellOnline.com
Follow Sarah @_Sarah_Campbell – Like HBWMoms

WINNER: #9 – The WDW Dads

Facebook Pages

List your Facebook Page if you want others to take a look and possibly “Like” it. If you add your link here, please make a significant effort to visit many of the others and “Like” those that appeal to you.
IMPORTANT – Include the FULL Link to your Facebook Page
eg http://www.facebook.com/5minutesformom

One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win a $100 Visa Gift Card
Provided by:

Emily from ColoradoMoms.com
Follow Emily @ColoradoMom – Like ColoradoMoms

WINNER: #453 – SemperFiMomma

Twitter

Include your Twitter url here if you want to connect and engage with other party-goers on Twitter. If you list your handle here, please make an effort to follow many of the others.
IMPORTANT – Include the FULL Link to your Twitter Profile
eg http://twitter.com/5minutesformom

One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win a $100 Visa Gift Card
Provided by:

Joan from Pedal Cars and Retro and A Rocking Horse To Love
Follow Joan @TheToyExperts and Like Pedal Cars and Retro and A Rocking Horse To Love

WINNER #207 – @donnascupoftea

TWO Random Winners drawn from the COMMENTS SECTION will win a $100 Land’s End Gift Card
Provided by: Land’s End

WINNERS:
#261 – Susan from Learned Happiness
#333 – Holly from Popsicles and Pigtails

Remember…

To enter to win the Prizes on the Ultimate Blog Party 2011 Prize Page you must fill out a PRIZE ENTRY FORM.

THANKS so much for being here! — Janice and Susan, co-founders of 5 Minutes for Mom



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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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