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Are you a member too many SparkTeams?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I'm new here and still learning about the culture of SparkPeople, but one thing I've noticed that needs commenting on are the numerous SparkTeams that have lots of members and hardly any activity. It seems to be the rule, not the exception. emoticon

I've looked at a lot of home pages. People belong to numerous SparkTeams. Is there a connection between belonging too many teams and too little activity? It appears that way.

When I first joined SP, I joined a bunch of teams that seemed like a good fit for me. But as soon as I caught on that they were inactive I decided to do some pruning. I'd rather not belong to a team that is inactive, and I too am not participating (at least on a weekly basis). But that's just me. emoticon

Instead of encouraging, I think it's a little sad to see teams with thousands of members and the last post was a month ago. Or there isn't even a Team Huddle. Really, SP made huddles so EASY you don't even have to think! Yet they speak volumes.

SparkPeople is ALL ABOUT communication, is it not? Just the mere act of communicating with others is indeed *encouraging*. Even if it's just a quick huddle with your teams. Or a quick post with an emoticon. Do something, but do something with a bit more consistency. As a whole, teams on SparkPeople should boil down to quality, not quantity.

In summary, I've written this blog for the sole purpose of encouraging folks to give some thought about this topic. Yeah, I'm trying to SPARK some of you! emoticon

Just a thought.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PAULOBRY 5/22/2012 9:12AM

    I checked out your teams and see that you are in the Raleigh area. I'm in Wilmington, so sometimes the team icons can give a "connection", even if the team itself could have low activity.

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/11/2012 12:03AM

    I usually stick with a minimum of 5 Teams--that way I can 'legally' claim 5 points for Huddling every day : ) Right now, though, I'm on 8 and you're right, it's too much. Time to prune a couple. I'll *always* stick with 50+ Males, and now Spark Men, they're both active and friendly, and Runners 40 + Over is another where I feel really engaged. One of my Teams is geographically my territority and I'm testing it for a few weeks--very spotty participation there, though. One Team is the Spring Challenge, and I'm not participating properly there so I'll probably drop it. If I stick with the Community Team, which seems like an important one, I'll still have at least one too many. Something's got to give . . . .

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CRISSA1669 5/10/2012 5:33PM

    You are correct....I prune things all of the time...teams, friends....I did join a 5% team last year as well as a biggest loser team and that was completely awesome! I prefer to do things within a timeline with a start and end date so once those teams were over I have not yet found any other team to join. I am looking but I also see the inactivity and say to myself, why bother if nobody is doing anything and I'm not yet prepared to lead a team. I suppose I'm pretty self motivated at this point but I haven't given up on the team idea and I search out teams at least every other week. So for me, once I find an active team to join I'll make sure I'm participating to help make it even better :)

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GJCAB09 5/10/2012 4:41PM

    I've been involved in some forums outside of SP where the give and take was nearly instantaneous, so I was a bit confused when I joined SP and found that wasn't the case here. I think part of the reason is that a lot of Spark People are out doing things to a much greater extent than the participants of some of the other forums that I belong to, therefore they're not sitting at home on the computer all day. As for me, I've gotten used to the way things roll around here, I've got a team that I quite enjoy and devote most of my energies to, plus a couple more that I "pop" into now and then but which I'm really only a member of because of the exposure. If I write a blog questioning my approach to this or that, more people are likely to see it if I'm on several teams. More chances for me to receive or give help, as it were. Your ideas are good, though, being actively involved in one's team(s) can only help! : )

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ARCSPARKS 5/10/2012 3:42PM

    ALYNNSELLNER, and WILDBEANERZ, it's up for people like us that notice these things to help SPARK others on. I'm hoping this blog gets noticed and does that... I've also posted a bunch of comments today team member's profile pages to encourage them to get more involved with the Team. LOL on any other website THAT would be considered "spam"!!

I suppose the next step would be to post a thread in the Forums...

There are ways to spread the spark, I've just named a few. We can do it!


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WILDBEANERZ 5/10/2012 3:25PM

    When I joined about a week or so ago, I was pointed to about 4 teams. I have since found one that is very active and I fit into better than any of those. I also did some 'pruning'. emoticon

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ALYNNSELLNER 5/10/2012 3:23PM

    i feel the same way! there are TONS of teams but not a lot of regular posters...i generally stay away from it anymore.

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