Go here for the official SparkPeople Getting Started page: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/get_started.as
A good place to start - Create a SparkPage, and look at the privacy options.
~Only allow my SparkFriends to see my page
~Turn my page offline
If you deselect these two, then everyone will be able to see your SparkPage, make comments on your page, read your blog, and give you goodies!
Do what you are comfortable with, and remember you can always change later.
One great way to explore the site is using the SparkPoints page as a guide. Each opportunity for points is another part of the site to check out. The Trivia is a fun way to learn some new facts. Polls give you a chance to say what you think.
And check out other SparkTeams - the strength of SP is the community aspect, and that is different for each of us. There is a large number and variety of SparkTeams. We have a separate thread for sharing fun teams.
What is your favorite part of SparkPeople?
Laura / NC