Monday, May 17, 2010
This week I joined the SparkPeople Community Team, which I think is a sign that I am entering a new phase. (I'm convinced there are phases of maintenance, but I've yet to identify them in predictable order. See previous blogs if curious.) I am feeling less need to proclaim my experience to others and impart my "wisdom" learned. (Despite the fact that I now have -- count them -- 41 Secrets to Success posted.) I am feeling more like "listening" (reading, actually, with my mind's ear) to other people's situations to see if I have some relevant information to share or support to give.
For those of you who don't know, you can sign up for the SP Community Team if you agree to do the following:
1. Start your own blog on your SparkPage and post in it at least once a week, updating people on your progress.
2. Post a comment on someone else's SparkPage blog at least twice a week.
3. Leave a comment on someone else's SparkPage at least twice a week.
4. Welcome at least 3 new people in the “Introduce Yourself” forum on the Message Boards each week.
5. Make at least 2 other posts on the Message Boards (in any forum except the Game Room) or on SparkTeams each week.
Items 1, 2, and 5 I do anyway. 3 & 4 I do sometimes. Thoughtfully remembering to add those two should not be any problem. The SP Community Team is suppose to be supportive, so I wonder if there would ever be a situation where I would choose to be less blunt because I have the Community Team logo by my name? I don't think so.
I might refrain from mentioning Weight Watchers as much as I have in the past. Don't get me wrong. I have two loves: SparkPeople and Weight Watchers. I just want to keep them separate. On the WW boards I'll talk about points and on the SP boards I'll talk about calorie range and I can count it either way. In fact, I do. Really, they both compliment each other. Nothing contradictory.
So I can enter my SP Community Team with no feelings of split loyalties. I'm loyal to both. It won't take much additional time to complete the SP Community Team commitments, nor constrain me from saying what I'd say anyway. The SP Community Team is just right for my new phase of maintenance. I may blog a little less and "listen" a little more.. -Marsha