The Ultimate Blog Party 2012 #UBP12

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

The Ultimate Blog Party is brought to you by:

Come on in — the ULTIMATE BLOG PARTY 2012 is HERE!

Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party 2012Welcome! You have made it to the right place — this is the place to party April 13 through April 20 for the Ultimate Blog Party 2012.

We are Janice and Susan, the twin bloggers behind 5 Minutes for Mom and we are so excited you are joining us for our SIXTH 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.)

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. We’ve also got Four Online Live Events happening during the week, so you’ll want to RSVP for those.

If you are new to the UBP, or you have any questions, you’ll get the answers in the recent post Ultimate Blog Party 2012 – Tips & Tricks.

Prizes!

Ready for a shock?

The prize pool has over 150 prizes and is worth over $21,200.

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 20th. 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 2012 Prize Pool!

We will ALSO do separate random draws for 10 individual $100 paypal cash prizes from our Featured Linky Lists Sponsors for each of the 10 Linky Lists.

Here We’ll Tell You All About The UBP in 45 Seconds…

What 5 Minutes for Mom is all About…

Janice and I created 5 Minutes for Mom in March 2006. We wanted to bring together and support the online mom community. Along with our directories for mom owned blogs, stores and websites we started sharing our lives as work-at-home moms and sharing posts from other mom bloggers.

Thanks to you and our other loyal readers, we’ve steadily grown and been able to live out our site’s mission.

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.

So while 5MinutesForMom.com is also our personal site, infused by our lives as moms, bloggers, and business owners, it is about more than us… it’s about YOU! It is about the Bringing Moms Together through the incredible power of the online mom community.

Meet Us…

If you’re new here, we are Janice and Susan, identical twin bloggers who each have two children and live two blocks apart.

Janice has a 10 year old boy Jackson and a 4 year old girl Olivia.

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I (Susan) have an almost 7 year old girl Julia and a 4 year old girl Sophia.

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We love being moms and we love blogging. Janice and I live kinda crazy chaotic lives immersed in our passion for social media. We love connecting with blogging friends online and in person and at conferences.

Here’s a fun animoto video slideshow of our kids partying for the UBP.

Now that the party has started…

  1. If you have a blog, publish a “party post” on your site.
  2. Add your blog party post url AND/OR your facebook link AND/OR your twitter link to the appropriate Linky that you’ll find below.
  3. Visit tons of blogs, facebook pages and follow new twitter friends from the Linky.

There will be tons of virtual partying going on this week and it all ENDS — 11:59pm Eastern, April 20, 2012. (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 20, 2012. And then we will begin trying to draw ALL those winners! Please have patience.

Follow @5minutesformom and watch hashtag #UBP12 on Twitter.

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

Linky Lists — Add Your URL’s Here

You must PICK ONE category to add your Blog Party Post URL. There are 8 Blog Category Linky Lists. And 3 Social Media Profile Linky Lists where you can add your Facebook Page, Twitter Handle and Pinterest Handle.

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.

  1. Linky #1: 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 $100 cash!
    Provided by: JGood

    Mom Blogs with Product Reviews and Giveaways

  2. Linky #2: 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 $100 cash
    Provided by: Ellhe

    Mom Blogs with very Little Product Emphasis

  3. Linky #3: 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 cash
    Provided by: Pedal Cars and Retro Collectibles

    Christian and Religious Blogs

  4. Linky #4: Special Needs Blogs

    One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win $100 cash
    Provided by: The Caboose Trailer Bike – For Special Needs

    Special Needs Blogs

  5. Linky #5: Specialty Blogs

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

    One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win $100 cash
    Provided by:

    Specialty Blogs

  6. Linky #6: 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 $100 cash
    Provided by: A Rocking Horse To Love

    Business Blogs

  7. Linky #7: 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 $100 Visa cash
    Provided by: Lotus Bumz

    Daily Life and Opinion Blogs

  8. Linky #8: Dad Blogs

    Guys, we don’t want to leave you out!

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

    Dad Blogs

  9. Linky #9: 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 $100 cash
    Provided by: Cyco Cyclone

    Facebook Pages

  10. Linky #10: 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 $100 cash
    Provided by: CycoCyclone

    Twitter Handles

  11. Linky #11: Pinterest

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

    One Random Winner from the following Linky List will win $100 cash
    Provided by:

    Pinterest Handles

 
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 13th through 20th.

Remember to follow @5minutesformom and watch hashtag #UBP12 on Twitter.

New UBP Navigation Drop-down Menu

To make browsing to the different Linky List pages and the various Prize pages, we’ve added a new Ultimate Blog Party menu in our top nav bar. You can now get directly to the particular UBP page you want right from the menu as shown below.

UBP12 Navigation Menu


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Comments

      • says

        It’s up! Just made a new button today for my blog and am on my way to fixing a couple things to be prepared for Friday! I’m super excited!
        Published a blog post earlier letting people know about the party and will be posting about it all week! (my top ten Tuesday and wordless Wednesday all circle around it! hehe) couldn’t help myself! 😀
        And I entered my sponsored prize earlier.. slowly getting things checked off the list! hehe

        One thing I’m wondering though is when does your linky list open up exactly? If you can tell me. Because I’m up at 3am for work, I plan on setting an alarm to wake me so I can link up if I’m able to. ^.^

        -Samantha

    • says

      Hi Diana

      Thanks so much for the comment on Janice and Susan’s kids. They have some new ones coming soon so watch for those!

      Looking forward to partying with you!

  1. says

    I have been WAITING ALL YEAR FOR THIS!!! This is my 3rd year with UBP and I love it more and more! I can’t wait for APRIL! Whoo-hoo!! My banner is up and I ready to start!

  2. says

    Each year, the weather warms up and I get that Ultimate Blog Party feeling. I start checking 5MFM for the badges. Yea, I’m a weirdo, lol. Grabbed the button and brainstorming on my post!

  3. says

    Hooray – can’t wait! Thanks for the fun invite again this year. I’m adding the button and inviting plenty of boomers and seniors and others who are in the Sandwich Generation with me. As caregivers for aging parents while raising our own children (or babysitting grandchildren, like me), we can’t always get out and about easily. But your blog party is a ton of fun – right in our own homes and we APPRECIATE you for it. :) Thanks again!

  4. says

    I will be relaunching my site that week! I plan to join the party and will have lot’s of giveaways on my site as well. I’m new to linking up and look forward to being a part of the fun. Will there be a place to submit my site link? Thanks for coordinating this, great idea!

  5. says

    I am joining in the blog party this year and am excited for the opportunity! Looking forward to the fun. I added a button link to my sidebar and a blurb on my welcome page! Blessings & many thanks ~M

  6. says

    Hey ladies,

    I had so much fun reading other blogs last year, I can’t wait to read some more! I doubt I’ll get to them all but that’s the beautiful part: diversity.

    When will we be able to list our blogs? Are we required to give away prizes? Just askin’.

    Emiliana
    Boricua Confidential

    • says

      Hi Grisel

      We are so excited to have you join us this year! It is SO much fun and you will meet lots of new blogs and make tons of new friends!

  7. says

    This sounds like a lot of fun. Count me in. I will try and comment on peoples blogs but unfortunately I can’t seem to be able to comment on most wordpress blogs right now, from what I have figured out it has something to do with the Askimet plug in wrongly marking me automatically at spam. I think it might have to do with me changing my name line to include my blog name and then one rare afternoon where I had time to explore blogs I made a tonne of comments in a short time period, and during that time frame suddenly my comments stopped appearing on peoples blogs. I think the combination of the two created the problem. However, I will try and comment on all blogs that will accept my comments, and hopefully I figure out a solution to my problem soon.

    • says

      Hi Victoria

      So sorry you are having commenting issues. You should talk to your web hosting company. They might be able to figure out what the issue is. We hope to see you at the party!

  8. says

    I’ve been so busy that I almost missed the party! Thank you ladies for your emails to remind me! xoxox I’m officially coming to the party! SusieQTpies

  9. says

    Almost forgot to enter my prize–thanks for the reminder email. This will be my second UBP! Last year it marked the start of my move to a self-hosted blog and I haven’t looked back. Glad to be a part of this again!! Thanks for putting it together. Now off to start my Welcome to my Party Post!

    • says

      Hi Melinda!

      So glad you found the UBP! You will love the party and all the new friends and blogs you will meet this year. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

  10. says

    I just signed up and already copied the banner to a post. What do I do now? Do you guys a preformatted post you want us to use or do we do it just like a normal giveaway? This is my first time and I have no clue what to do. Could you please let me know if I treat this just like a regular giveaway or is there a post you guys give us to put up like in a regular blog hop event? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Christina

      Yes! You can join the party and promote your Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest pages this year.

      Looking forward to partying with you.

    • says

      Hi Crystal

      The way the UBP works is that you will write a post on your site introducing who you are and what your site is about. Be sure to include one of our banners so others can find out how to join the party.

      That is the post that you will link up during the party so that others can come and visit your site.

  11. says

    I’ve added the date to Cozi, added a badge to my blog, posted about it, and submitted a prize…as SpongeBob would say, “I’m ready! I’m ready!” 😀

    • says

      Hi Terry

      Thanks for sharing all that you have so far. All that is left to do is your party post!

      The way the UBP works is that you will write a post on your site introducing who you are and what your site is about. Be sure to include one of our banners so others can find out how to join the party.

      That is the post that you will link up during the party so that others can come and visit your site.

  12. says

    This will be my first year joining the UBP – I will be adding the banner to my blog tonight and also have the twitter party on the Twitter Party Calendar my blog hosts! Hopefully I can get my fellow bloggers who have smaller blogs to join in on the fun! Going to look through some boxes, perhaps I have a prize to put up as well.. Thank You for having this, hasn’t been quite a year for my blog yet.. but I remember this from last year!

  13. says

    I can’t wait to see how great the party is this year. I even decided to offer up a great prize too. Looking forward to partying with you all for the second year in a row (for me!)

  14. says

    Hi Ladies! This will be my first UBP and I’m super excited! Posting on it tonight and have already added a button to my blog as well. So do we need to make a monetary donation towards the prizes? I’m a little confused. Sorry about that. Will I be able to list my blog on the Linky w/out adding a prize? I looked at last year’s start up but still am unsure. Either way I’m excited!! Oh how can our followers join in? During Spreechats & Twitter parties? Sorry for all the questions.

  15. says

    I’m so excited for this year! I just moved my blog to WP and lost a lot of followers because of the change. :( Hoping this will help!

  16. says

    So excited- this will be my 3rd time joining! 😮 I can remember right after I started my blog in 2010 this was one of the first big blog events I did. I totally credit the UBP for jump starting my blog. :)

  17. says

    I have to thank CREATE WITH JOY for reminding me about the party.
    I gave me a chance to tell a few groups of people who have not participated before. I am sure they will be playing along this year.

    I do think we need a few more days to get around, maybe make it a ten day event in the future?

  18. 1955nurse says

    I don’t have a blog of my own, so can I party? It sounds like fun, & the prizes are FABulous…. Even tho I don’t have my OWN blog, I’m an avaid reader/supporter/subscriber of MANY other people’s blogs!

  19. says

    I just heard about this today and am so excited to join the party! The button is up on my blog and I’m working on my intro post. What a fun event, can’t wait for midnight! 😉

  20. says

    I just stumbled upon this as I was lying in bed looking at my ipad. Looked so intriguing that I had to jump out of bed and write a special post just so I could be a part of the fun!

    Thanks for hosting!

    ~Elena
    acasarella.blogspot.com

  21. says

    I’ve joined the party – looks like fun! I have signed up for the speciality blogs site and hope people will visit; I’m about to do my own first set of visits now.

  22. says

    This is my first year joining in and I am so excited! I am all linked up and can’t wait to start checking out all of these blogs!

  23. says

    This is my first time to link up for one of your Ultimate Blog Parties – thanks so much for hosting this! It will be fun to visit other bloggers and meet new kindred hearts here in blog-land!

  24. says

    I saw this ultimate blog party thing last night on twitter but didn’t know what it was all about. Now that I understand I am looking forward (hopefully) meeting new people!! =)

  25. says

    This is so cool! I’m so glad I stumbled across this party! This will be my first time and I’m already sure I will be back next year! Thanks for the excitement :) Looking forward to some of the events. I have to RSVP still but I’m doing it soon!

  26. says

    I am a first time partier and am enjoying meeting others already and it’s only been a few minutes sinced I linked up! Thanks for hosting this party for all kinds of bloggers.

  27. G-J says

    Good morning! This is very cool and a great way to introduce others to your site. I am 51 and mom of a high school sophomore who will be taking driving lessons this summer. I am also caregiver for my husband who is 57. My husband was diagnosed in 2009 with Mild Cognitive Impairment, which may or may not be a precursor to Alzheimer’s. I am a blogger on http://www.caregiving.com. I hope you’ll stop by there and visit the party. While you’re there, you can read my blog:http://www.caregiving.com/2012/04/steves-sacramento-trip/

  28. Meaghan says

    I am so excited about the Ultimate Blog Party. The prizes are amazing and there are quite a few for Canadians which is such a treat. Thanks for hosting this. I’m off to meet some new bloggers!

  29. says

    I am very excited to join the party. This is my first time. I hope to make new friends and discover your blogs! Please visit me @http://www.mommiesandbeyond.com

  30. says

    you know, I missed out on this the past 2 years, so glad I remembered to do it this year. I always meet such awesome people though 5MFM :)

    Love you ladies!

  31. says

    Can’t remember if I already commented here or not (old lady brain lol), but I’m so excited to be a part of the UBP again! This is my 3rd (or 4th.. can’t remember) year participating! Great prizes and lots of fun! Thanks again ladies!

  32. cmichaelsny says

    It looks like a great party..Thanks for sharing the photo..You had a great idea hosting this kind of party..

  33. says

    This is my first time and I am excited to be part of this. I’m looking forward to making some “blogfriends” along the way.

  34. Amber Smith says

    I just love seeing how your children are growing – it really makes our virtual world so much more comfy. Hello to everyone and thank you to all the generous sponsors and to our beloved twin moms who always make sure we get 5 minutes for ourselves. Thank you!

  35. says

    hi, this is my first time at UBP. I am blogging from Dubai, UAE. I love to try this one, it sounds like fun. I am sooooo excite to bloghop, are you ready, I might soon be in yours. have fun ladies! love love love from MYB

  36. says

    Is there another twitter party after the monday night one or the rest are the video casts? Getting confused and I’ve commented in another post that I really look forward to MarketMommy advertising pack cos I just need some help with building blog traffic for eczemablues.com – a blog on kids’ eczema – everything is non-profit and I’ve even donated to set up a fund for low income in Singapore.

  37. says

    Hi everyone. Thank you 5MforM for hosting this blog party. Our blog is new so it’s the very first event we’ve participated in. What a great way to start off!

  38. says

    At last! An explanation for all the tweets about this Ultimate Blog Party! I kept seeing the title go by but had no idea what it was or how to participate.

    I’ll definitely join in! :)

    ~Tui, from #commenthour

  39. Bette says

    Hi,
    Thank you for the invitation. I’ve enjoyed my visit and joining the party.

    I love the support offered here for moms.
    Off to look around a bit more!

    Bette, blogger, Caregiving.com

  40. says

    I cannot believe that I {almost} missed this awesome event! I will make sure to post this as soon as possible.

    My blog is all about my son, Wes – and of course me and my hubby. Wes is due any day now, and he will be born with an extra chromosome of awesomeness! This blog is currently following our journey on becoming parents, and parents of a child with Down syndrome. Our goal is to post pictures of our little one as often as possible to spread the word that just because he has Down syndrome, doesn’t mean is isn’t valued any less than other children.

    XOXO

  41. Michelle Tucker says

    I’m quite overwhelmed by this whole thing. I’m still unsure if only bloggers are welcome to enter or not. So confused:(

  42. Teresa Young says

    I’m not sure if this post is still being monitored.
    I did not receive my prize. I know the individual bloggers are responsible for prize delivery, but want to report this so you are aware for future events.
    Please email me for details if needed.

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