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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
If you’re new here, we are Janice and Susan, identical twin bloggers who each have two children and live two blocks apart.
I (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.
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.
The party officially starts at midnight Eastern tonight. So…
- If you have a blog, publish a “party post” with a UBP badge on your site.
- Add your blog party post url to the appropriate blog category Linky Lists that you’ll find below.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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
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
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
Linky #5: Specialty Blogs
Photography, Cooking, Crafting, Homeschooling, Shopping, Couponing etc
Go to Linky Page with Specialty Blogs
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
Linky #8: Dad Blogs
Guys, we don’t want to leave you out!
Go to Linky Page with Dad Blogs
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.
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
Go to Linky Page with Facebook Pages
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
Go to Linky Page with Twitter Handles
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
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.
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.