Ultimate Blog Party 2014

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Welcome to the ULTIMATE BLOG PARTY 2014

We’re thrilled you’re here! It’s time to meet new blogging friends and grow your communities and social media followings. The #UBP14 is THE place to party virtually April 4 through April 11.

Ultimate Blog Party 2014

We are Janice and Susan, the twin bloggers behind 5 Minutes for Mom and we are so excited you are joining us for our 8th 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.

Within this party week we essentially generate a jam-packed directory of awesome, active bloggers across several different categories. The “Linky” Directory Pages where the you list your blog and “meet up” with other partygoers become a permanent blog directory.

Once you’ve added your blog’s “party post” link and your Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook page links to the “Linky Lists”, you can really start partying! Blog hop through the linky lists, leaving comments and making friends as you go.

Also, please help us thank our event title sponsor Pixorial. Follow them @Pixorial and check out this fun promotion we arranged with them for you.

Live Events

We are having two fabulous online LIVE events during the Ultimate Blog Party this year. One will be held on Twitter and the other will be a Google+ hangout. The live events are loaded with prizes and top notch blogging panelists who will share their experience and knowledge.

The Google+ Hangout is on Monday night at 9pm Eastern and the Twitter Party, which is sponsored by Qustodio, is on Tuesday night at 9pm Eastern.

Google+ Hangout Details Here.
Twitter Party Details Here.

Prizes!

We have hundreds of prizes to give away thanks to so many generous donations. Please take your time browsing through the Prize Pages.

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 11th. 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 2014 Prize Pool!

What 5 Minutes for Mom is all About…

Susan and I created 5 Minutes for Mom in March 2006. We wanted to bring together and support the online mom community.

UBP14-Ultimate-Blog-Party-2014We 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.

Speaking of YOU –> if you aren’t on our email list yet — make sure you sign up now. Our list is the first to find out about future events, special promotions, and new blogging opportunities — around the web and even here at 5 Minutes for Mom.

We share exclusive gifts, content, and offers to our 5 Minutes for Mom email list and we have a few fabulous new email-only offers coming up very soon, including a new FREE report: 21 Sixty Second Tricks to Make Your Images POP! by 5 Minutes for Mom co-founder and professional photographer, Janice Croze. You do NOT want to miss out!

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.

UBP14-Ultimate-Blog-Party-2014I (Janice) have a 12 year old boy Jackson and a 6 year old girl Olivia.

Jackson and Olivia can be wild and crazy and love to “ham” it up on camera.

Our house is loud and chaotic, but full of fun.

Susan has an almost 9 year old girl Julia and a 6 year old girl Sophia.

Julia and Sophia are the calmer counterparts to their cousins, but still seem to make a lot of noise. Our three girls play together daily and are the best of friends.

Our kids have grown up here on 5 Minutes for Mom, and they love to see themselves in photos, videos and blog posts.

The older they get, the more involved they’re becoming as they help us make crafts and recipes to publish online. And they mostly love that this blogging business lets us work at home, around THEIR schedules.

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We love being moms and we love blogging. Our lives are crazy and chaotic but we are thankful to spend our days in social media. We love connecting with blogging friends online and in person and at conferences.

Ultimate Blog Party 2014 - Our Kids

The party officially starts at midnight Eastern tonight. So…

  1. If you have a blog, publish a “party post” with a UBP badge on your site.
  2. Add your blog party post url to the appropriate blog category Linky Lists that you’ll find below.
  3. Also you can add your Facebook Page link, your Twitter link AND/OR your Pinterest link to the appropriate Social Media Profile Linky Lists also listed below.
  4. 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 11, 2014. (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 11, 2014. And then we will begin trying to draw ALL those winners! Please have patience.

Follow @5minutesformom and watch hashtag #UBP14 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 9 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.

    Go to Linky Page with 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.

    Go to Linky Page with Mom Blogs with very Little Product Emphasis

  3. Linky #3: Daily Life and Opinion Blogs

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

    Go to Linky Page with Daily Life and Opinion Blogs

  4. Linky #4: 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.

    Go to Linky Page with Christian and Religious Blogs

  5. Linky #5: Specialty Blogs

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

    Go to Linky Page with 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.

    Go to Linky Page with Business Blogs

  7. Linky #8: Dad Blogs

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

    Go to Linky Page with Dad Blogs

  8. Linky #9: Special Needs Blogs

    Go to Linky Page with Special Needs Blogs

 
 

Social Media Profile Linky Lists

 
 
You may add your Facebook PAGE url (not personal profile), Twitter handle and Pinterest profile to the linky lists below.

  1. Linky #10: 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

    Go to Linky Page with Facebook Pages

  2. Linky #11: 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

    Go to Linky Page with Twitter Handles

  3. 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

    Go to Linky Page with Pinterest Handles

New UBP Navigation Drop-down Menu

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

UBP14 Menus

 
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 4th through 11th.

Remember to follow @5minutesformom and watch hashtag #UBP14 on Twitter.



Email Author    |    Website About Janice

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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1 Diana April 4, 2014 at 12:06 am

It’s amazing to see how much your children have grown since I first started joining in UBP back in 2010! Such a beautiful family! Looking forward to partying with you ladies and thanks so much for hosting!

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2 Susan April 4, 2014 at 5:42 am

Thanks Diana! It means so much to us that you’ve joined us again for another UBP.

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3 Barbie April 4, 2014 at 12:22 am

Yay! Can’t wait to link up. Hurry, hurry!

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4 Susan April 4, 2014 at 5:43 am

Thanks Barbie… and thank you for being such an important part of our 5m4m community.

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5 Julie Cornewell April 4, 2014 at 2:30 am

Thank you so much for this opportunity. Getting more people to visit my blog is great, but since we were supposed to write a post about what our blog is about I achieved something even greater – clarity about what I want to say on my blog and the goals I have for it. That means more to me than anything! Thanks again!

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6 Susan April 4, 2014 at 5:50 am

Julie, thank YOU for joining… your blog post blew me away! I can’t imagine how you’ve done so much living in 38 years. You must be one of the wisest women alive.

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7 Terra Heck April 4, 2014 at 6:16 am

Thanks for hosting UBP. I enjoy participating every year. Your kiddos are adorable.

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8 Quida April 4, 2014 at 6:39 am

Thanks again for another spectacular UBP year Susan and Janice. :)

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9 Jodi Flaherty April 4, 2014 at 5:31 pm

So excited to join in the fun!

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10 carma April 4, 2014 at 7:25 pm

looks like I am fashionably late to the party…Looking forward to meeting new blog friends :-)

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11 Deborah April 4, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Hi, Janice,

My daughter Calli looks so much like Julia that they could be twins!! She is also 6 and will be 7 next week. A friend posted your pic on hour FB timeline today thinking it was Calli! Just wanted to let you know! Thanks! Deborah

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12 Susan April 5, 2014 at 1:54 am

Susan and Janice:
Thanks for hosting this tremendous opportunity for bloggers. I look forward to discovering lots of new blogs, and hopefully having a lot of visitors to mine. My blog is only three weeks old, and I still have a lot to learn – like how to embed a Badge into a post?! I’m still working on figuring that out – but at least I got the 2014 UPB badge displayed on my sidebar!

By the way I am also an identical twin – but we are “Susan and Sally”!

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13 Theres Just One Mommy April 5, 2014 at 8:29 am

Yikes! How did I miss that the party was starting??? Got to get my post ready!

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14 Gabriella April 5, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Love Twitter parties!

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15 Makeda April 5, 2014 at 2:03 pm

I almost forgot as well. I am about to do my post now. I have a busy Saturday ahead of me. o_O Looking forward to the party!

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16 Karen O'Hanlon April 5, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Our second year of jumping into the blog party with both feet. Looking forward to meeting lots of new people. Thanks for hosting!

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17 Momfever April 6, 2014 at 5:46 am

I love the categories! I think blogs that are all about product reviews can be quite boring, and now I can avoid them.

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18 Heather April 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm

I’m late but I’m here!!! 4th year participating in the Ultimate Blog Party & can’t wait to find some new friends!

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19 Kristine April 6, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Thanks so much for hosting this event!

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20 Denise April 6, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Thanks for hosting this event! I can see how much effort you have put into it. Looking forward to meeting others, getting to know you and your site better and maybe winning some prizes! Thanks again!

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21 Dawn April 7, 2014 at 1:25 am

Playing with all your social media icons and liked, followed and posted my way through all the post. I signed in the specialty group and the blogs and inspirational, delightful and full of informative information. Thanks for the chance to enjoy the UBP14 and hosting such a great group of blogs

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22 Vicky April 7, 2014 at 11:15 am

I don’t know where to link so I have done a few giveaways but hoping for more by next year

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23 Mouse Fan Diane April 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Awesome opportunity – Thanks and great meeting everyone ;-)

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24 Patty April 8, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Can I just say I am having such a blast with people stopping by my blog, Hearts Homeward, from this party! I am so grateful to you two for putting this huge undertaking together. I am looking forward to Saturday, the first day of our spring break, so I can sit with a cup of coffee and visit some of these amazing blogs. I love that you connect us all with people we would otherwise never meet. This is my first year and I’m already looking forward to next year. When I first heard “Blog Party” I thought, “huh?” (newbie that I am) and now I totally get it. Genius. Thank you again. It has been such a blessing to have people come over and leave such kind feedback on my blog. I pray you are doubly blessed for all you are doing for us.

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25 Heather April 9, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Happy to join again this year and meet so many awesome mommy bloggers

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Awesome… Thanks so much for hosting this event!

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New to all this blogging but hope to get the hang of it!

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I missed out last year, but this year I’m linking up with my new personal blog! XO

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