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Blogging in private


Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Sometimes I think about doing a blog entry, but I just don't feel that I want what I have to say to be available on the Internet, which is what a public blog is about.

There was a time in SparkPeople when you got the same recognition (SparkPoints) for making an entry in the Planner or making an entry in a Blog. That disappeared about a year ago. But I was thinking about this issue when posting blogs was a topic in an article on Maintenance in SparkCoach.

I dug deep inside my thoughts and I realized: "I am not prepared to do the double work of opening up my thoughts, and at the same time, editing them to suit the audience of the Internet." That's when I remembered: The Planner, part of your personal suite of tools in SparkPeople, is a great tool for your private thoughts.

Why not use just any other journal tool, outside of SparkPeople? Well, SparkPeople is my go to environment for active living. I feel comfortable about the different activities that take place - posting to stay in touch with SparkFriends, reading the Daily Spark, checking the Friend Feed, reading other member posts and blogs. I am already in the mood, in the mindset, to be aware of thoughts that impact lifestyle choices. So I want to do that writing right here in the SparkPeople environment - but just not in the public forum of Internet access.
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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/11/2013 4:07PM

    Good point here, I like to blog as in a way I feel I may help people that may be in a situation, I have just come out of. But now not so sure we will see!!

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JLDACQ 1/10/2013 3:22PM

    I agree with you, not all of my thoughts on weight loss and healthy living are for everyone to see, and like you, I rediscovered the Planner portion of the notes. I do use it on occasion, especially when it's something I would rather keep private.

Although I'm not shy about telling people how much I've lost and how long it's taken me to get there, I don't share my specific goals for a specific timeframe -- I've discovered that I tend to focus on the end goal instead of the healthy lifestyle process.

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INSH8P 1/9/2013 8:31PM

    Thank you for your thoughtful reflections about this blog post. It's funny how things that are brewing in your thinking surface in the most unusual ways. Reading your comments made me appreciate just how challenging it is to take the time to take care of yourself -- Thanks for the feedback, and Keep Sparking!

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NATE-JANINE 1/8/2013 7:52PM

    I find with my busy lifestyle as of late...I don't have time to journal at all. I have to get that back.

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GENEVIE5 1/8/2013 5:37PM

    great point! I kind of stopped using the journal/ planner when points were no longer available too! Maybe it's time to visit that part of SP for me too!

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Great idea!

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