Yes – we are amazed at the turn out for our little ol’ party! It is fabulous to see so many new faces! Thank you all for coming out and for spreading the word.
First, we wanted to let you know, that we decided to give all the last minute arrivals a few more hours to get through the door and sign the Mr. Linky to be eligible for the prize draw.
So, we have changed the deadline to sign the Mr. Linky (and thus to be eligible for the prize draw) to 2pm Eastern (11am Pacific) Friday, March 9, 2007.
We will then have the draw and scramble to sort out from your wish lists who gets what prize. Our goal is to announce the prizes at 9pm Eastern (6pm Pacific) Friday, March 9, 2007.
We have no idea how long it will take to sort out those lists and get all the winners and their blogs posted with their prizes – this is a first for us to have so many prizes and wish lists too! – so we do hope we can get that done in seven hours. (The problem is that our kids still demand to be fed and tended to – don’t they know we are trying to have a party?!?) If we are late, please send us mommy-empathy and forgive us. We will do everything we can to get it sorted out and posted by 9pm Eastern, Friday, March 9.
Second, many of you have mentioned that you have loved this party and hope we do it again. So – yes – we definitely will make it an annual affair! I am sure it will only get better each year!
Also, we will be continuing to have regular contests (at least two per month) as well as other events. So remember to keep in touch so you don’t miss out on more fantastic prizes and fun blogging experiences.
Susan and I are committed to promoting what you wonderful women do – from your blogs to your businesses. We will be constantly looking for new ways to enhance this mommy-blogging community and to build connections for you all to discover each other.
Can I let you in on a little secret? On Friday we will be announcing a special prize draw (You have to wait until Friday to find out what the prize is – but I think you will be happy with it! hint: It is from one of our stores.) for everyone on our newsletter list. This prize draw will be announced two weeks from Friday on March 23, 2007. If you are not on our newsletter list – you can sign up here. (Please note that this is different than the FeedBlitz email subscription field you’ll find in the right column. The FeedBlitz email subscription will send you emails whenever we update our blog. If you are not already subscribed to our feed through Bloglines, etc., you’ll want to sign up for both features and stay connected.)
EVERYONE on our newsletter list is eligible for this prize draw. You do NOT need to be a blogger or post anything. Just so you know – due to our crazy busy schedules – we will not be clogging your email with tons of newsletters. In fact – it has been months – blush – since our last newsletter. At best you will receive 6 newsletters a year, but you will receive notification of special events and contests at 5 Minutes for Mom.
And finally, we will be leaving the blog party sticky post with the Mr. Linky up for at least a week, maybe longer, following the party. (The post will remain forever in our archives, so you can always use our search feature to find it.) With almost 800 blogs so far – and more coming in – we want to give us all extra time to visit as many parties as possible.
We are still slowly working our way through the list. Please understand that when we do make it to your blog, we don’t want to just rush right through. We want to take our time and get to know you and leave a meaningful comment. (No copy and pasting comments from us!) So in order to give each of you the attention you deserve, it will take us a significant amount of time to visit 800 blogs! It may take us a month – but we will visit you!
Thanks again ladies – we appreciate each one of you! Thank you for your wonderful comments and your emails! Your encouragement means so very much to us – and helps keep us going when we get overwhelmed! 🙂