Sunday, February 11, 2007

The Lazy Sunday Trilogy Finale

This one is super easy. We are having so much fun celebrating our first year, but we also have an eye to the future. The challenge here is to post with any ideas to improve our second year. It can be something new, or something you don't want to see changed, or maybe something that is near and dear to your Pub-happy heart. The deadline for posting here will be 6 a.m. EST tomorrow morning (Monday 2/12) -- that gives you almost 12 hours. I will draw a random winner from the posts. And how will I entice you for your ideas? Well, prizes from very generous sponsors, of course!

Not bad for just speaking your mind, eh?

And the winner for the random drawing from the first challenge today is Barb P. TammieJean also won as the first poster with all 3 correct answers. Ladies, please email your contact info (including mailing address to) pubcalls@gmail.com.

96 comments:

Brandi Pitts said...

I honestly can't think of anything to change. I think this site/blog works wonderfully the way it is. And I really like the calendar feature.

You could tell us who you are though. ;)

Brandi Pitts

Chris said...

The calendar is awesome. I love getting the emails each week with upcoming calls, and the collapsable list with astericks make finding new calls so easy. I don't even mind if you stay anonymous, as long as you keep up this terrific site!

terylswife said...

well I am new to teh site (just found out about it when Rebecca from CMK posted about the birthday bash!), so I am not sure what all was done the first year. I do love the idea of having so many calls, contests, etc. in one easy stop, so my "advice" as a pubcalls newbie is to keep up the great work, I will certianly be frequenting the site, even after the bday bash is over.

Oh, you could give more prizes too, LOL!!!

Michelle said...

Pub calls blog has everything...no improvements needed...i would also like to see your cute face!

Michelle Cathcart.

~*AMY*~ said...

I just love EVERYTHING about this site and dont think I'd change a thing. This is the first site I go to daily :)

Maisymary's Findings said...

This blog is really great ! Of course the calendar feature is the best part of it all !

Yes do tell us who you are ! lol

smiles, Pearl

terylswife said...

Chris - thanks for posting that you liked the email feature - I didn't know about that and just subbed!

Marlynn said...

I'm new to your site also... found your link at scrapbookdotcom.
So far I'm loving what I see and don't think you need to change a thing!


PS Were you on the Gong Show?

:)

Deborah Mahnken said...

I can't think of anything to change -- the calendar email is the greatest thing since sliced bread!

Beth said...

I love your site. I like the calendar feature and all of the user friendly links.

Lisa Falduto said...

I love the blog and the calendar and think the way it is set up now is working very well. I have had a blast with the birthday bash and was thinking it would be fun to celebrate year round! LOL What about doing something once a month or once a quarter on a small scale like you did for the birthday bash. Get some sponsors to donate prizes and do some drivebys or challenges over a 2 day period.

Thanks so much for all your work continually and for having the birthday bash. I have had fun and have been inspired by so many!

Lisa

Kristin said...

There is only one tiny little thing I can think of.

It would be nice if there was a link to each type of call. For example: if I wanted to see only the current Manufacturer DT calls, there would be a link on the main page of the blog.

That's it! This site is awesome they way it is!! :) Keep up the awesome work!

momoferika said...

I am new to this site. I need to find that calendar everyone is talking about :0) I enjoyed the sketch challange, so far that was my favorite...but heck, I liked them all to be honest. I look forward to spending the next year with you.

Miki B said...

I can't think of anything either. I know that I really love the lighter background color here now, it is much easier to read! I love how you have all the links and the weekly email rocks!

Keep up the great work!
~Miki

Theresa Tyree said...

Hi there! I have really enjoyed the Birthday Bash challenges/contests/prizes. I will miss them once they are gone. Is there any way we can keep this going year round? It's so exciting every morning getting up to see who the new winners are!! Plus I've accomplished so much just in the last week! Thanks so much for all the fun!

Davinie said...

You have just started to do my suggestion, which is to link the winner's work when you post the winner of challenges, so that we can better see what was done and give that person praise on a job well done.

Have a great second year, PCP!

galwaysal said...

Have to say i have lurked around here for a good while now and only been enticed to join in for the last couple of days. The format is great - although I have yet to fully work out the calendar. The manufacturers links are excellent - I use them all the time when I've been gallery browsing and found things I desire (not a lot of this yumminess makes its way across the Atlantic). All in all it's the best darn scrap blog I've found..

Brandi Pitts said...

I was just kidding about you telling us who you are. I know you want to remain a mystery and that's kinda fun!

B

flyingmichelle said...

i agree everything works great for me.
love that you set up the email newsletter too.
thanks for doin' what you do so well.

Sonia said...

I love everything about this site!
I can't think of anything that needs changing!
Keep up the great work!

Kell said...

I love the pub calls blog and calendar! everything works just find for me!!

{change in plans} said...

I think the blog is great, I just need to do more challenges and enter more!
Keep it up.
Jennie

Katie T. said...

I love your site and the calendar is awesome. There is only one thing I can think of that I would change...and I have no idea if it's even possible.

I'm always closing the calendar on myself by accidentally hitting the back button on my browser instead of the arrow to return to the calendar when I've clicked into the details of a call. Is there a way that we could actually click on the browser back button and be directed back to the main calendar?

(I have no idea if this will even make sense to anyone else, or if it's just me. :-))

Robyn W said...

love it all, but for us that are oversees, any chance you can add a clock to the site, so we know what time it is there, i am so hopeless with this time difference thing......lemme know if you wanna see some blogs that have em
KEEP UP THE GREAT JOB

.jess. said...

love the blog & the calendar!!! i love the email notification option for the calls from the calendar. awesome! suggestion: do follow-ups from the calls....like list the contest winners, etc. keep up the good work!

tammiejean said...

I have loved this blog since day one and I especially love the calendar. I use it daily and have come accross some awesome stuff because of it. I can't think of anything to improve on at this time. I LOVE YOU!!!!

dougnat said...

This place is awesome, I can't think of anything to add, Love it here!

Alyson said...

I think this site rocks... I just wish I would actually win a call or prize LOL!!! Keep rocking you are doing a great job

brandi pitts said...

OK--I give up! Will someone please tell me how to get weekly emails? I've looked all over and I'm sure I'm probably staring right at it, but just don't know it.

Thanks!

B

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love the calander and manufacturer links - allows me to get new info from one place - exceptional.
I do wish someone would let me know how to get my name logged though :( - from a new blog junkie

TanyaC

Beth said...

I agree with another poster - one thing to improve, when you click on a specific call, it's hard to get back to the pub calls blog or main calendar. I also think maybe occasional chats or question and answers with famous scrapbookers, magazine editors, design team coordinators - people who choose who wins contests, gets picked for publication or picked for a design team, to give us advice on what to improve. Maybe also set up a mentoring system that can link up established scrapbookers who are already successful on design teams or with publications, with those of us who are new...something like that would be really great. Keep up the great work. Oh and also an option like scrapsubmit, to submit to the calls directly, would be nice, as you have some calls that they don't have, and it can be hard to go back and forth.

Sincerely,
Beth

Rachel G said...

Love this blog - and I especially love your picture :)
My suggestion is the same as Kristin's - where it would be great to have calls in their own section divided into the different types (shop DT's, Manu DT's, Mag calls etc). I know they're separated by color on the calendar, so that is great.
Anyway - love it all, and I especially love the Manufacturer Challenges. Hope you can keep them up.
Happy birthday!

scrapcat said...

I love Pub Calls!
THanks for all that you do!

One suggestion is to possibly include more digital only calls. Or specify in the calls if digital layouts are accepted.

That would great!!!!

Kim said...

I love this site and wouldn't change a thing! I love the calender, emails, and everything else. My suggestion - keep up the great work!

ellen said...

I love the "sneak peek" feature when you roll your mouse over something on the calendar and you get a little blurp of what the call is! That makes it so easy to see if you want more info or not.

This is by far the most useful site out there for scrappers!

The only thing I can think of is that I always hit the back button when I am in a post and it takes be back to the blog! I forget to hit "back to calendar".

Keep doing what you do and happy birthday!

kimandasmom said...

I absolutely everything that you do- it so awesome to have one place to come find all kinds of info. I love the calender becasue I can print it out and put it in the frint of my binder.

Keep up all the great work.

Mallory Shasta said...

I LOVE this place (its my home page). Its so easy to use, even cavemen (and women) can use it! ;)


(I didnt read many of the comments above, so i hope no one else said. that. hehehehe)

Keep up the wonderful work! I am new to Pub Calls, but I would have never known you have only been "open" for a year!

Anonymous said...

This is such an awesome service and spot for us advid scrapbookers. I love the calendar and the blog. I love that manufacturers are posting DT calls and manufacturers contests. You have some awesome sponsors. The pub call birthday bash has been a blast. I would love to see more sketches on the site, maybe a weekly sketch. It doesn't have to be a contest just a posting. Just a suggestion. Thanks for all the fun.

Michelle M.

Rosa said...

I am only new to this blog but it is great I dont think I would change anyhting but maybe add links to the hottest scrap bloggers that are out there for us newbies!
thankyou

Jodi said...

Love the calendar, and updated blog entries. This site is awesome. Many thanks to you for doing it...whoever you are. *wink*

Oh....maybe you could tell us more about yourself.

Anonymous said...

This site is fabulous ... thank you so much for all you do !!! All the links to the manufacturers are very handy ... I don't have to keep them in my favorites list on my computer anymore - I just come here for the link.

Lynn R.

Jodi said...

how do I get on an email list?

Mandi said...

I LOVE the everything about the site, but my favorite is the pubcall calendar of course. It is terrific how you have set it up to be able to sort out the different types of calls and how you can have them individually emailed to you! You do a WONDERFUL job of hosting it and the blog! Thanks so much for your dedication to helping others find the calls!!!

Anonymous said...

The site is great - love the calendar! You do a fantasitc job! Wishing you a great second year also!

Elayne

Lisa said...

I love the fact that you offer contests as well as Pub Calls. I also love the calendar feature. I think everything is organized wonderfully and this blog is easy to navigate. Thanks for all the hard work you put into this and keep up the good work.

Lisa Lucchese (mcia01h) said...

Well I'm new here for the last week but truthfully I love everything the way it is...easy to follow and understand and lots of great info.

Lisa Lucchese (mcia01h)
lucchese@sympatico.ca

Jen said...

I love everything. The mfr challenges are killer though! Keep it up PCP!

Lisa Carroll said...

First I want to say, I love, love, LOVE your site!! Thank you so much for all you do! My only suggestion - how about adding a way for us to submit directly through your site? Thanks again! And keep up the great work!

Melonie said...

Love the site, love your sense of humor, and love that I can stop in once a day and know all of the goings-on of the scrapbooking world! Pub Calls ROCKS!!

Courtney said...

I too love everything - especially the manufacturer challenges.

Kathleen Taylor said...

Ok this may sound silly..but that generic Paper bag is killing me..Can we get you a Gucci bag? Or Coach maybe? LOL

joybear said...

I think you are perfect as is! Thanks for doing an awesome job!!!

~~Lu~~ said...

I love it all!! lol
The calendar is great to see everything by day, for those of us that need the calendar view. The blog, you give daily updates as needed. The emails sent once a week with everything in effect for the nest two weeks. Everything is awesome!!
For those that want the weekly email, I believe you email the Pub Peoples :D using the email address listed in these posts and ask to receive the weekly email.
HTH!! :D
Thanks Pub Peoples for the awesome job you do!!!
~~Lureen

Louchia said...

I LOVE the calendar, it's so helpfull!! Please leave the blog as is, it's great!

Tammy said...

sometimes, the links to the calendar page don't work and they just keep showing the last pub call link that did work.

I love this site. It is on my to do list every day!

Linda Beeson said...

I don't want this to be a cop-out answer - but you are doing such an amazing job, can't even think of what you could possibly have missed! You are just so thorough! One thing I would like is to be better able to know what seasons that mags like BHG and SS and CK are on when they give deadlines. It helps in knowing what kinds of general submissions to send. Thank you for the HELP you have brought to the lives of all of us who like challenges and submitting!

DonnaBD said...

The site is fabulous and I look forward to my daily visits. I wouldn't change a thing!

Thanks for all that you do.

Anonymous said...

This is such a great site! Improvements? That's a tough one...A Contact Me link on the main page would be nice but really this site rocks!

Nicole D.

just jennifer said...

I love the format and love the content! The only thing I would like to see is a way to be automatically notified when the blog is updated - I pretty much check it everyday but it might be nice just to know that I wasn't going to miss anything!

Thanks for the hard work and happy bday!

Jenn said...

I agree that you are doing a great job, and the two suggestions that I have were already mentioned.

My first suggestion is the same as Kristin's - where it would be great to have calls in their own section divided into the different types.

And my second suggestion is being able to click the back button after you click on a call, and have it take you back to the calendar.

Thanks for all you do.

Oh yeah and I agree about getting a better bag up there!!!! LOL!!

Anonymous said...

This blog is incredible! I love the manufacturer challenges (helps me use up my stash) and love how you can manage the calendar by clicking on those categories you are interested in.

The only thing I'd change is to perhaps make the calendar link more prominent and it would be great to know who you are so we can properly thank you for all your hard work!

betsy sammarco

Erica said...

I love this site. Easy to read, easy to nav...:). I would like to see a list of contact emails for submissions. Email addy's by mag etc that are always accepting. They can be tricky to remember.

Also a printable calender would be great :)

Your doing a GREAT job pubcalls people...keep up the hard work!!!!

treasured_moments said...

I love the site. And the new sneak peek mouse over feature in the calendar is awesome!

I love the mfr challenges. They're really inspirational. And like alot of people have already mentioned, I'm totally lovin' the birthday bash challenges. And I'll be sad once they're over. What about doing some pub challenges each month or every week or whenever. They dont have to be for prizes, just for fun and inspiration. But since I've started partaking in the birthday bash, I've finished tons of projects and started tons more. AND I've found some awesome new forums to play at.

Thanks so much for keeping the site up and active. And I'm wishing you and the pub calls site a terriffic and successful 2nd year! :)

julieO. said...

I think the site is great the way it is. I love how the calendar is all color coordinated. So, I guess the only thing I can think of to change is to have a 1/2 Birthday party six months from now because this was soooo much fun!!!! Thanks again!!

Card-E-Ologist said...

I love this site, and I'm so thankful my friend pointed it out to me.

I would love to see more stamping & cardmaking calls. :)

V said...

One of my very favorite things about PubCalls is the calender. I check it frequently and update my own submissions lists based on what's in that calendar. Please, please keep it around!!

V

Jennie said...

I love the fact that you have calls for everything from the littlest sites to the largest manufacturers - my favorite thing about Pub :) Thanks for all that you do. Happy Birthday!

Rebecca said...

I love PubCalls. I can't think of a single thing to change. Thank you for all that you do!

Charity said...

love the calendar, the colors help me sort through and the feature that allows me to see more details without clicking on them. love what you all have been doing!

RN4JCHRIST said...

(I'm not going to read all the responses, so sorry if i repeat this...) I so totally LOVE that you send out the weekly pubcalls emails!! DONT EVER CHANGE THAT!! I love having thta reminder in my inbox =) ~Dawn (rn4jchrist)

Jill said...

I just found pubcalls during the Birthday Bash, and I can't tell you how excited I am about it! I had no idea this amazing resource was available. Thank you so much for compiling all of the information and putting it in an organized, central location. I have been coming to the blog at least once a day every day, and I plan on continuing that even after the bash is over.

Thank you!!!

Jill

Cindy Keery said...

I love all the challenges & contests! Keep up the good work!

Angela said...

Love the site....the only thing I'd change is maybe have different calendars for each of the categories....contests, DT calls, publication calls, etc....the current calendar format is getting awfully full with everything in one place...and I scan the calendar for the proper 'color' already....just a thought.

my3boyz said...

I think you guys are pretty close to perfect!
I would love to see more albums put together like you guys have done for past manufacturers. They are a great source of inspiration!!

Keep up the good work!

Kristin Hayne

Theresa Lollis said...

Very good work here! Love how simple it is. keep up the good work!

christine said...

gosh... this site has been so helpful this past year. i really like the weekly email. these challenges have been great. they would be fun all year. :)

wendylynne said...

I love how you have the calendar arranged. It is easy to see the different categories of calls, magazine calls, DT's, Contests, etc. I like your list of links. It is nice to know of a place to find them quickly.

You're amazing!!

StaceyM said...

Why mess with a good thing. You know they say if it ain't broken then don't fix it!!!

Thank you for everything that you do!

Melissa said...

I love everything about this site! It's just great! The PCP's are awesome and y'all do a great job! The ladies here are awesome too! Great job!

Ellen said...

First off: I have to say THANK YOU!! What an awesome site you have...a true inspiration! I recently found your site and haven't even checked out all the links yet, but from what I have looked at you have done a fantastic job! Hope your Birthday was as much fun for you as it was for all of us!
Happy Birthday PUB CALLS!!

~Ellen~

Sandie said...

I absolutely love this site. I love that when you roll your mouse over something, you can see a bit of what the call is about. I cannot think of a single thing to change, sorry. You're already great just the way you are!

Anonymous said...

I love the calendar and all the links you provide. You really are providing a great service to everyone and deserve a great big thanks!

Leana

Nancy K. said...

I just recently started peeking in here and I love it!!!! I can't think of a thing to change!

Jennifer A. said...

I think this site is great! I just discovered it recently but it is in my favorites and I love checking in! Keep up the good work.

Lyneen said...

I just discovered this site... I am really excited to use it in the future... THANKS for a centralized site for information on info we all want to know!!!!

Lyneen

Amy v said...

I like your calendar - I like that you can see a little bit of it and if you want more you can click for more.

I also like how you have all the manufacturers lisyed with links.

Fun site.

Becca said...

I love Pub Calls! Thank you so much for all of your hard work. My only suggestion is to keep it up! You rock :)

lorig said...

Hmmmm, suggestions, can't think of anything. I can tell you some of what I like that you are already doing tho. I like that your a one stop shop for many calls and contests. I like that you include the link and date on the front page, and I like the calendar function. Oh maybe an added benefit to us internationals would be if there are location restrictions to include that by the date something like (Feb 15, US only) or (Feb21 N. America only)if that info is included in the info you get. If no resrictions just put the date. Keep up the good work.

Pub Calls said...

Thank you for all of the comments, compliments *blushing* and suggestions!

We've already started jumping in with a few changes! Look in the sidebar and you'll now find a link to e-mail us. (Go ahead...ooohhhh, aaaaaahhhhhh). We've also added links for "Calendars Your Way". Both of these are results of suggestions from HERE! :) Thank you so much!

AnnaB said...

I am quite new to your site and I think it looks great! It would be really nice if it was easy to find info regarding if internationall participants are allowed or if it's a contest or call open to US residents only. Happy birthday! :-)

Sara said...

Love the calendar...love that everything is always organized and easy to read/find. Keep 'em coming!!!

scrapbooking for others said...

I like the color coding on the calendar. Only found you a week ago and I am so excited! Thank you!

winterthyme said...

I love having everything so organized and how the challenges help me to think outside the box. Thanks PCP, you rock! :0)

Michelle StClair said...

love this blog. i check it often.
i love being able to look at the calendar at a glance and see what i need to get working on this week.

Rori said...

I love everything about this site!! Honestly I don't know what you could do to improve it any more?!
Thanks for the amazing time and efforts you put into this site for all of us, you are APPRECIATED!!!!
Ciao
Rori

Emmy S said...

i love it here it's very organized ! just wonder if u could differentiate between guests DT Calls and the DT Calls? ....

Emmy S