Everything you need to know about The Ultimate Blog Party 2009

by Janice

Ultimate Blog Party 2009
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The Party Has STARTED

Go to the Ultimate Blog Party 2009 NOW

See all the prizes waiting to be won!!!

THE Destination for Virtual Partying!

It has become a tradition in the “momosphere.” It is the perfect event to build your network and have some serious blogging fun, all without stepping away from your machine…

Yes, ladies, it is — The Ultimate Blog Party — the destination for virtual partying.

The blogging life is about relationships — meaningful friendships that grow out of sharing who we are and getting to know one another.

And like real life friendships, online friends need a place to meet and mingle. (Some of my best online friends I met at our past Ultimate Blog Parties.)

So if you want to grow your network, meet new friends or promote your site, get ready for the Ultimate Blog Party 2009!!!

ubp-girls-320.jpgDuring the week of March 20-27th, the blogosphere will be partying carnival style — jumping through our Mr. Linky list of participating bloggers.

Last year, the Ultimate Blog Party 2008 had over 1500 bloggers participating and our UBP related pages had over 72,000 page views, with the actual party post receiving over 20,000 page views.

This year, we want to make sure that we invite everyone to the party! So we will be using Facebook and Twitter to promote the UBP ’09. Just imagine — all those friends and followers who could find YOUR blog! So make sure you don’t forget to invite your Facebook friends and Twitter followers. There will even be prizes just for them! Please use hashtag #ubp09.


Yes, the UBP ’09 will be a fabulous opportunity to introduce your blog to the masses and to find new blogs for your blogrolls!

Make SURE you are there!

And OH the PRIZES…

What would the UBP be without the fabulous UBP ’09 prizes!?!

Yes, the party is made all the more fun by the chance to win, and to donate, prizes.

Prize donations are not limited to sites and stores looking to advertise themselves. Bloggers like you can donate a prize too! Yes, why not promote yourself? You rock!

We have Pamela from Happy Panda, helping us manage the prize contributions again this year. Thanks Pamela!!!

We have closed submissions for prizes for this event. But we continually run giveaways, so if you’d like us to promote your product or site, contact us and we can arrange a future giveaway.

See the final prize list at the Ultimate Blog Party 2009 Prize Page.

Thank you to our Title Sponsor

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So how do you party with us?

The Party Has STARTED

Go to the Ultimate Blog Party 2009 NOW

Both BLOGGERS and NON-BLOGGERS can party with us (and be eligible for the prizes) at the Ultimate Blog Party.


  • Invite your friends

    Ultimate Blog Party badge
    Put our Invitation Button on your sidebar and write a post inviting all your friends. Click here for the button codes. Thank you to the Ultimate Blog Party 2009 designer, Alexandra from Design Baby, who was the winner of our UBP ’09 Design Contest.

    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 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 ’09 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 March 20-27th. 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.

    And in your party post, link back to 5 Minutes for Mom so everyone can find the rest of the parties. Here is the code to include a UBP ’09 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 and click through the Mr. Linkies of the participating bloggers from those years. You might get some ideas.)

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

    When your post is published, add the permalink of your party post to the Mr. Linky here at 5 Minutes for Mom in our Ultimate Blog Party Post.

    The UBP ’09 will run for one week, from Friday, March 20, 2009 to Friday, March 27, 2009. The prizes will be announced on Tuesday, March 31th.

    The Mr. Linky will go live at Friday March 20th, 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.

    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.

    The Mr. Linky remains permanently in the post. So, no worries, you can keep coming back to the list of party links. Obviously the earlier you link the better, but you do not need to have your link in the Mr. Linky until March 27 at 11:59pm Eastern to be eligible for the draw.

    Please Note: Please use only the central Mr. Linky that will be posted here at 5 Minutes for Mom. We want everyone to be able to find each others’ posts.

  • That Mr. Linky will not go live until the party begins on March 20th.

    (In case you do not know what a Mr. Linky is, Mr. Linky 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 official Mr. Linky site to learn more about Mr. Linky. There is a FAQ page to answer your questions. If you want to see a Mr. Linky in action, you can check out one of our latest Wordless Wednesdays.)

  • Submit a prize (optional)

    Our Ultimate Blog Party 2009 Prize Page will generate tons traffic and attention. Last year’s Ultimate Blog Party 2008 Prize Page had over 15,000 page views.

    Pamela from Happy Panda has again done an amazing job 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.)

    Prize submission is now closed. Thank you to everyone who is offering a prize.

    All prizes are listed on our Ultimate Blog Party 2009 Prize Page.

    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 ’09 party post. So make sure you leave a comment on the 5 Minutes for Mom UBP ’09 party post. (Our post during the party — not this instruction post!)

    We will award the prizes 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. 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 March 20th, search the Mr. Linky and look for names you don’t recognize and visit their party. Don’t forget to introduce yourself 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 to 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 just 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 list of links called the Mr. Linky to party hop – and you will qualify as a party guest.)

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If you have any questions, you contact us.

Thanks so much for being a part of 5 Minutes for Mom and we will see you soon!

Click here to get the codes for the UBP ’09 buttons and banner.

The Party Has STARTED

Go to the Ultimate Blog Party 2009 NOW

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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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{ 102 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stephanie March 3, 2009 at 11:16 pm

This is going to be so much fun! I’ve marked my calendar and plan to spread the word on my blog, my intern blog and twitter. Thank you, ladies, for working so hard to put this together!


2 LaVonne March 4, 2009 at 4:09 am

Thanks, I do want to participate. I need to come back to this page and read all the rules again. This is exciting. I love this whole women’s blogging world! :)


3 Kate Saunders March 4, 2009 at 11:24 am

UBP 09 is updated on my blog! I’m thrilled to be participating this year. I’m donating a prize, and if there’s anything else I can do to help, please don’t hesitate to ask.

This is such a cool community – I’m stoked to be part of it!
Thank you,


4 Colleen - Mommy Always Wins March 4, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Awesome! Looking forward to the ’09 party!


5 Lesa March 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm

This looks like fun. I’ve never been to one before.


6 Lesa March 5, 2009 at 6:26 pm

sorry,it didn’t leave a link


7 Lynette March 5, 2009 at 9:45 pm

I am so excited about it, I tried to do all this LAST week! Now I realize I have to have patience and wait until the 20th. (I was reading a previous years instructions).
I CAN’T WAIT!! Trying to think of a good prize.


8 Krista-Wahm Addicts March 7, 2009 at 10:15 am

Oh I will have to tell my whole network to come on over and join in the fun. Hope to see you all there.


9 BecomingMe March 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm

I started blogging last year right before the blog party…it was so awesome and was a great opportunity as well. I must have visited about 130 blogs and got about 70 comments….many people who visited me from the blog party still read my blog today…I do not think my little blog would have about 400 subscribers had it not been for your fabulous blog party. It is such a wonderful service. And many of the blogs I found at the party I still read today.


10 Latina On a Mission March 7, 2009 at 12:48 pm

I’m new to blogging and I can’t wait to see how this works and to meet other Mommy bloggers! May even post a prize! Thank you for the opportunity


11 Maureen Graham March 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I am relatively new to blogging, about a month or so. I can’t wait to see how all of this works, I am so excited. Thanks


12 Shop with Me Mama March 9, 2009 at 3:57 am

This is going to be so much fun! I emailed you for my prize submission :)


13 Lisa S March 9, 2009 at 10:59 am

Put the button on my blog and am preparing to party!


14 FruitfulVine2 March 11, 2009 at 12:00 am

Party invitation going out on my blog tomorrow. All buttons and banner is up. This is gonna be great!


15 Esti March 11, 2009 at 9:21 am

I am really excited about this event. I have some prizes to giveaway, I think that you will really like it!

All the best,


16 Angela March 11, 2009 at 4:03 pm

I love this idea! It is such a great way to see what other women are sharing and working on, and to share your own ideas. Thanks for making this happen.


17 Rona March 11, 2009 at 5:50 pm

I’m looking forward to this year’s party.


18 hadley March 12, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I’ve got your button up, and I’m going to be at the party! Can’t wait!


19 WinItMama March 13, 2009 at 4:04 am

I subscribe! :)


20 Linny Best March 13, 2009 at 8:03 am

I’ll be there!


21 Kiva, Farmstead Lady March 13, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Missed last year because we were moving (physically) but will be there this year!!


22 Christine March 13, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I think this is going to be GREAT! I haven’t done this before, but I will be this year at all my blogs! So this should be exceptionally fun! Thank you!


23 Biz March 13, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Did this two years ago and had a BLAST! Thanks for the invitation to do this again, looking forward to meeting new friends!!!


24 thatgirlblogs March 13, 2009 at 10:30 pm

RSVPing now, will be loving it and participating…


25 HipM0M77 March 14, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Thanks for letting me know about this great event! I’m looking forward to participating.

Here’s my post where I announced the event:


26 Kaye March 15, 2009 at 6:56 pm

This sounds like so much fun! I tweeted it, wrote it, and have a couple of other blogging friends participating. Can’t wait! :)


27 Staci March 16, 2009 at 6:34 pm

I’ll be there – can’t wait to party!


28 Christina March 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm

I’ve never been to the Ultimate Party Blog (I’m a new non-blogger but an avid reader) and I just can’t wait! However I don’t understand where I get the list of “parties” to click on? Can anyone help by telling me?


29 Lisa Russell March 16, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Awesome, thanks so much. I can’t wait to participate, last year was a lot of fun, too.


30 jennifer bowen March 16, 2009 at 8:23 pm

i make a note of this and take a button to put up on my blog


31 Melissa March 17, 2009 at 8:40 am

Love it! I’m so in!!


32 Robin March 17, 2009 at 11:36 am

Your party sounds like so much fun. I would love to participate…..and donate a prize as well. I’ll contact Pamela.

Hope your day is a beautiful one….


33 Musings from Me March 18, 2009 at 1:34 am

Count me in. Just started blogging in October. Love these bloggie carnivals.


34 Krystal B March 18, 2009 at 1:53 am

My name is Krystal and I love to blog. I have had this blog since 2006 but really got into the whole going public with it within the past week. So, I have no readers yet. It was only for family at one time and now thye all have facebook so no more readers. I would LOVE more readers and people to follow the blog. :)Thank you.


35 Amy March 18, 2009 at 2:29 am

Invitation up. This is my first blog party. Looking forward to it.


36 Lisa March 18, 2009 at 8:49 am

how fun! my first year active in the blogging world … it’s getting addictive … and I get to party with y’all … let’s get this party started ;)


37 The American Homemaker March 18, 2009 at 9:58 am

I’m getting my posting all ready today!!!


38 Patty March 18, 2009 at 6:45 pm

I look forward to meeting more moms online via the ultimate blog party.


39 $ Money Savin' Momma $ March 18, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Wow, this sounds like great fun! Glad I learned about the party! Hope to see you all there! :)

$ Money Savin’ Momma $


40 LeNesha March 19, 2009 at 10:04 am

Anticipation is building…I’m so excited!


41 Kim March 19, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Looking forward to participating again this year!


42 jotter March 19, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I’m all in and working on a TOP SECRET GIVEAWAY of my own, especially for UBP 2009 Participants who, comment on my blog! Giveaway details to be released soon …


43 mellebiotupp March 19, 2009 at 6:22 pm

oh!!!!!! fun!


44 April March 19, 2009 at 7:06 pm

I am excited to try and participate in this party. I am pretty new to blogging and have so enjoyed getting to stumble upon other people and their great lives.
I just hope I do everything right.
I submitted a prize a few minutes ago


45 Rebecca March 19, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Wow, this looks like fun and full of social possibilites. This certainly takes the seek out and hope to find new and interesting blogs to a whole new level~
I’ll be back to watch the fun~


46 Jenn aka Future Mama March 19, 2009 at 8:29 pm

I just heard about this! I’m soooo excited! Hope I win something and find new great bloggers!


47 Katherine March 19, 2009 at 9:38 pm

tick tock tick tock… :) I can’t wait – it is soon!


48 vickie March 19, 2009 at 9:43 pm

I just added my button and I’m lookin forward to partying! Will be doing lots of tweets as well and plan to submit a super cute prize. Should be fun!


49 BelovedAimee March 19, 2009 at 10:12 pm

looking forward to the fun


50 Jamie March 19, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Wooohooo! I’m so excited – my first blog party! Counting down… :)


51 Candace March 20, 2009 at 12:50 am

I can’t believe I’m staying up so late to add in my blogs!! I decided to go all out this year – having giveaways on all 3 blogs ALL WEEK LONG!!

This is SO much fun! Hoping to meet lots of new friends this year. :)


52 Willa March 20, 2009 at 12:56 am

my party post is up!!!
Hope to meet more moms!!


53 Monica March 20, 2009 at 12:59 am

Ummm…okay… so where IS Mr. Linky, so that I can sign up?! I’m lost! Can someone point me the right way? …THANKS!!!! (it’s hard being this computer illiterate!)


54 Jamie March 20, 2009 at 1:01 am

Party post is up and running…several giveaways and more to come tomorrow! I love a great party! :)

Now, for Mr. Linky…


55 Willa March 20, 2009 at 1:15 am

Still no Mr. Linky!!!


56 Stacie Haight Connerty March 20, 2009 at 1:21 am

I am so excited!! Thanks for hosting such a cool party.


57 Beloved Mama March 20, 2009 at 2:17 am

HURRAY for bloggy parties!


58 saucy salsita March 20, 2009 at 7:58 am

wow, i’ve never been party of a blog party. looking forward to it:)
Saucy Salsita, AKA The Green, Sexy Expat – Greening it up in Costa Rica!


59 Annie March 20, 2009 at 9:13 am

I’m looking forward to blog hopping and getting to know you all better.


60 Susan C March 20, 2009 at 9:20 am

I had so much at the last blog party!I am looking forward to meeting new people this time around!


61 Michelle March 20, 2009 at 11:45 am

Sounds like fun! I just put your button on my sidebar.


62 Somebody's Mimi March 20, 2009 at 2:18 pm

As I look around at everyone here… I think I am the oldest person here, But I am having a great time! Oh, excuse me, I see someone I would like to meet… Ciao.


63 Execumama March 20, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Par-tay! Par-tay! What a fab idea! I’m excited to meet/share with my fellow mom bloggers. What a SCORE!


64 Laura March 20, 2009 at 3:34 pm

I am so new that I don’t even know how to add a button but this looks like fun.


65 Julie March 20, 2009 at 3:35 pm

I’ve never been to a blog party before, so this is new territory for me. I’ll try anything once… :)


66 Amanda March 20, 2009 at 4:40 pm

This is so much fun! What a great idea.


67 Danica March 20, 2009 at 6:04 pm

I cannot wait to check everyone’s sites. I am new to blogging and blog partying. This sounds like so much fun and it’s only the first day.


68 Courtney March 20, 2009 at 8:59 pm

what a great idea and so many wonderful prizes. this is going to be a blast.


69 jacque March 20, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Would love to join this party! thanks! It should be fun!


70 Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) March 20, 2009 at 10:18 pm

I posted — and I’m ready to start making the rounds :) *Thanks* for a fabulous party!


71 Vickie Bartlett March 21, 2009 at 12:59 am

Such a great idea. I have a link on my blog.


72 Dominique March 21, 2009 at 2:21 am

whao.. an awesome party. I’m in.. writing up my party post as I type :)


73 Beth March 21, 2009 at 5:25 am

This is such an awesome idea! I look forward to meeting some new friends!


74 Jen March 21, 2009 at 11:19 am

Just making sure I’ve commented in the right spot!


75 Jen March 21, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Awesome party. I am so excited to visit all the UBP members. :)


76 Amanda March 21, 2009 at 3:04 pm

sounds like fun!


77 Cher March 21, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Hi, not sure how to go about participating but I will read more to find out. Sounds fun…and I can email a few to join in. If there is a prize giveaway, I’d be happy to win! Ty for any consideration. Cher


78 Melissa Jennings March 21, 2009 at 8:24 pm

I am “in”. I am also hosting a giveway on my blog in ADDITION to the one I donated here!



79 Marta March 21, 2009 at 9:20 pm

I’m also hosting multiple giveaways this week…in addition to the prizes I’ve donated here…this is going to be fun


80 Melissa Jennings March 21, 2009 at 9:44 pm

I am not only giving away a $25.00 gift certificate here but also on my blog! Stop by and see me! Time to party!



81 Courtney March 22, 2009 at 1:05 am

What a cool idea!


82 Stacy March 22, 2009 at 2:04 am

I am still new to this and learning the language. Permalink? Hashtag? Help! I need a blogging friend!


83 Karen March 22, 2009 at 1:41 pm

This is my very first Blog Party. I am not a blogger so I had no idea about Blog Parties! I may just have to create a blog of my own after this very fun experience. I have been blog-hopping and just having a ball. I am also giving a prize away – I am number 118. I would love to win a prize myself. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win #89: $100 gift card to Homegoods provided by HG Openhouse. Of course the $100 gift card to Pedal Cars or Rocking horse from 5 Minutes For Mom sounds great as well as $19: a $50 gift card to Target. I LIVE in Target! #88: $40 gift card to Carraba’s (anytime I don’t have to cook is a blessing for me). These others would be great too: #9, 21, 13, 65, 76, 77, 111, USC28, USC45, and USC26. Anything suitable for a mom with a two year old and a four year old. Party on Ladies!


84 Brittany March 22, 2009 at 2:22 pm

I think I’ve set everything up! Sounds like fun!


85 Finamoon March 23, 2009 at 2:18 am
86 Kim March 23, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I am all set to go I’m excited to join in on the fun!


87 ciara March 24, 2009 at 11:30 am

i think i’m ‘fashionably’ late to the party lol this is my first time, so i think it should be fun.


88 yamahamymommy March 24, 2009 at 12:57 pm

I just found out about this blog party, I hope it’s not too late to participate. I’ve never been to a blog party so I am a newbie here.


89 Baby March 24, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Woohoo, great blog party! You should consider doing them more frequently. A year is a long time to wait for such a cool tool. Happy Blog Party!


90 SureBaby Mom Blogs March 25, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Just one more day… I can’t believe it’s almost over. I’m having a great time jumping around mom blogs all over the blogsphere.



91 Robin March 25, 2009 at 5:37 pm

I just started blogging and I don’t ever expect it to get a lot of “exposure”, it’s really more of an outlet for me than anything else… but I do support mommy bloggers and I hope this event goes well for everyone! On the off-chance that someone might stumble on to my blog I have put the button on my page so they can link here!


92 Jen March 26, 2009 at 12:27 am

This is such an awesome event! So much fun! Thank you!!


93 JamericanSpice March 26, 2009 at 10:15 am

I’m meeting such wonderful families!


94 Kelly Ann T. March 26, 2009 at 7:06 pm

I’m not a blogger but I love reading the blogs and I love the recipes.


95 JenniferT March 26, 2009 at 10:04 pm

hi-thanks for all the great parties! How do you know who wins? Does Mr. Linky somehow know if we read 20 blogs and comment-just curious;)


96 Tammy March 27, 2009 at 6:18 pm

What a fun idea! Off to visit some blogs & have a little fun! :-)


97 C Lirette March 28, 2009 at 12:01 am

I love this! If I wasn’t planning my daughters 5th BDay tomorrow – I would be here all night. I loved prize 11, 56 and 10 on the us/can prizes and the make a blogs on the international sites … not sure Canadians count there … I really wish I knew how to start a blog :) I love those eleven shoes … Thank you – back to Thumbelina :) !!


98 Michelle Radcliff March 28, 2009 at 1:17 am

I had a great time this week visiting everyone’s blogs… good luck to all who want prizes. I met some great new friends so I feel like I’ve already won the best prize ;)


99 Nikki March 28, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Aw, man… I didn’t see the part about having to visit & comment on 20 other blogs… Not that I could have where I currently am, anyway. I’m temporarily staying with my parents and they have an EXTREMELY limited internet connection, worse than dial-up… at peak times it can be as slow as like 2kb/s!!! So, yeah… they don’t have the bandwidth for all that surfing.. I barely manage to check my e-mail a couple times a week, let alone blogs/feeds. I’m not even sure this comment will post. lol
Oh, well… maybe next year :(


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