Our 5000th Post – A Behind the Scenes Look At the Road We’ve Traveled

by Susan

We have now published 5,000 posts at 5 Minutes for Mom…

Celebrate 5000 Posts with 5 Minutes for Mom

Janice published our first post on March 12, 2006 entitled Why I Love To Shop Online. It is not an impressive post. Today, we would never have published it. It’s simply a list of 8 reasons why Janice likes shopping online and while it’s mildly humorous, it doesn’t even have an image nor does it ask the reader a question or try to engage in further discussion.

But it was post #1 and it started us on a thrilling journey that has taken us to amazing places and introduced us to phenomenal friends.

I laugh when I read our early posts, such as this one Real or Not – My Son’s Quest for a Sibling, not only because of the funny stories of our children at such young ages, but because the photo we included was so tiny. We would never dream of putting such a tiny photo in a post now. Today, we’d likely photoshop in a caption, center the large image and add a Pin It button below.

ultrasoundBut even though our posts weren’t as polished as they are now, we have shared our most important — and painful — moments here at 5 Minutes for Mom, such as Janice’s miscarriage, her long waited pregnancy news, and when she thought she was miscarrying Olivia.

And of course, 5 Minutes for Mom was where we first announced the birth of our babies — introducing Olivia and Sophia. Showing them to you was just as special as showing them to offline friends and family.

Blogging has sure evolved over the years and 5 Minutes for Mom (as well as our kids!) have grown along with it.

Susan with Sophia and Julia
Janice with Olivia and Jackson

I don’t think a single mom blogger back in 2006 would have guessed that our hobbies or start-up businesses would become part of a powerful new industry. When we published that first post and wondered if anyone would ever read it, let alone comment, we never dreamed one day we would have 5000 posts, over 400,000 comments, and over 500,000 incoming links!

It’s hard to even think back so far and try to remember what our lives were like. Janice’s boy Jackson was four and my daughter Julia was a tiny baby. We’d started our online stores, Pedal Cars and Retro and A Rocking Horse to Love, a year before and one of our primary goals in starting blogging was to get quality links back to our stores.

Our mother and I were busy building our online stores and we joked that we’d put Janice to work writing. But it wasn’t long before Janice and I both discovered that blogging was our passion and we soon devoted huge amounts of time to the new craze of social media.

But, don’t be fooled… it hasn’t been easy.

Starting a new business — especially in a field that is starting along with you — is tough.

The best part of creating 5 Minutes for Mom has been having the opportunity to participate and give back to the online mom community. Our tagline is “Bringing Moms Together” and we love to feature talented bloggers and extend their reach in the blogosphere.

5 Minutes for Mom with Michelle from Scribbit

So while we have published 5,000 posts, we haven’t written 5,000 posts ourselves.

At the start, Janice wrote all the posts. Soon I started writing too and we also began featuring guest bloggers and regular contributors.

Our intention for 5 Minutes For Mom was always for it to be a community site with many voices. Janice has written 1679 posts, my count is 908 and our writing team and guest contributors created the rest of those 5000 posts.

5 Minutes for Mom is definitely about more than Janice and me. The numbers show it.

Thank you for being a part of this fabulous community and for helping us to bring moms together.

If you want to help us celebrate our 5,000 post, we would love it if you gave us a Stumble, Tweet, Pin, or Facebook Like. Thank you so very much! We really appreciate your support of 5 Minutes for Mom.

Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder 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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1 Tarasview July 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm

congratulations lovelies- I am so proud of you! xox

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2 Ginny Marie July 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Wow, what a milestone! I started blogging in 2008, and I cringe too when I read my earlier posts! Congratulations on 5000 posts–that’s amazing!

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3 Marilee July 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm

As I look to jump into this wonderful world of mom bloggers, you are one of my examples! Thank you for that and congratulations on 5000!!

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4 Jennifer Donovan July 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I’ve written over 450 of them! Wow. Been proud to have been a part of this site since 2007!

I started my own blog at almost the exact same time. Things HAVE changed so much. Honestly I miss some of the more simple ways to connect, before twitter and facebook and pinterest — just with our writing and our experiences — but I love the reach that so many of us have now.

Congrats!! You’ve definitely built something here that is worth being proud of.

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5 Christina July 3, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Good for you! You did what you started out to accomplish, and now have a history, too!

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6 Amber Smith July 4, 2012 at 12:07 am

Congrats on your 5000th post!! I’ve been following you for years and have loved every minute of it. Cheers to many more years of our virtual friendship :)

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7 Nicole Robinson July 5, 2012 at 6:14 am

Congratulations. You have built something awesome. As a relatively new blogger, I am learning so much from you girls. Your site has taught me things that help with my small business and as a young mom.

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8 Stephanie July 6, 2012 at 1:05 am

So fun to see how far you’ve come! Congrats!

I recognize every picture from this post b/c I’ve been following you for that long.

Ah, Scribbit – I miss her. That was the year we were all at BlogHer together: 2008. Remember when we went to dinner at that little restaurant in San Fran and I whispered over to you that I was pregnant? ;)

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9 Desiree July 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Wow, what an accomplishment. Many congrats, Susan and Janice!

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10 Lauren March 27, 2013 at 6:16 am

Congratulations! Beautiful story and great website!

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