Welcome to SP, Shelly! I am just seeing this post now. I also saw your post labeled "Surprised."
I've been on SP for over 2 years and found this team early in my experience. I find this team helpful and supportive. I think the challenges are quite effective.
Like any team effort, much depends on the members and leaders--all of whom are volunteers--balancing a wide variety of family, professional, and personal needs. Every one of us here is somehow creating the time to be active on this site to the best of his/her ability.
Personally, I use the nutrition and fitness trackers first, read articles and learn new things next, then participate on team challenges and discussions last, depending upon how much time I have. These are my SP priorities; others' will be different.
I would suggest you try a few teams first, learn how to use some of the tools on the site, and read from the vast library of articles.
I try to limit my teams to about 12-15 and have joined and dropped many over the years I've been here. I've kept this team for a long time as every month of participation brings me something new.
I'm not much for daily board discussions (especially the chit-chat, I prefer that face-to-face) but try to post when I can.
As you use the site more, you will find what works best for you and how your experience here can be maximized.
Good luck to you and best wishes.
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--Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi
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