Light Bulb Moment - TWC COMES TO LIFE!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
So as many of you know I’ve been sick for two weekends or one week going on two. An essential to getting better is to REST. I hate voluntarily resting for more than a day. So this has been really rough on me, but it has given me extra time on SP ;) which I am absolutely addicted to.
So this morning I officially emptied my gmail account AND SP e-mail. I have touched base with everyone either last weekend or this weekend or both that’s on my friends list. I even organized my friends list via my page. After doing so, I discovered through the friend feed that it’s already done for you. Lmao. For those who have not explored friend feed options, you should do so. I also discovered how to turn off alerts being sent around when I comment on pages and such. Yay! That way my friends don’t get annoyed with my pro activeness.
After everything was done, I decided to be a good friend to JUNIAATROME who is leading some new member class groups. I went to the recent group and started clicking around and welcoming people to SP, and giving simple advice that helped me when I started. For example, take small steps so you don’t become overwhelmed. I think the biggest mistake one can make is to join billions of groups and commit to dozens of challenges right off the bat. Sets you up for failure. I also recommended my favorite group for motivation and support. Done! A few have already joined :p
So about 20 pages (listing pages) in out of 550 something I started seeing Spark Pages with NO comments!!! I was in total shock. Some did not even have that group ad that is normally first to hit the page. I was confused by this. How was this possible? Hmm maybe they deleted their comments. Personally, I would only delete a comment if it annoyed me and provided no information or inspiration. The more I thought about it I realized I have become a groupie, and that I don’t communicate with people outside my groups very much. Of course that’s because they keep me busy welcoming and well wishing and checking in on. But still.. I was that person in school that got along with almost everybody. I was never in a specific group. So I was nice to everyone. I always tried to help if I could. Then I had a “moment”. I realized SP was lacking these mutual non-groupie people, or maybe they haven’t thought about it.
I started looking at the class groups and saw some really high numbers… like 22,000! That’s A LOT! It took me like five hours to do like 115 listing pages. Yes, automated emails can be sent around. But there is no automatic commenting to my knowledge. Wait, if someone tells me there is, I’m going to be really mad at this point. No I won’t because I enjoyed reading the pages. The support is sufficient out there but the first few weeks/days are really important to baby sparkers. They will either stick around or disappear after a few weeks. I know. I have done that in the past. This time was different for me, because I discovered the Done Girls group. I am now addicted to SP. I check my e-mail every morning and during the day waiting for new comments and friend notifications. It’s wonderful! I know I know we’re all here to lose weight, but doesn’t it make everyone feel good to know that someone took the time to leave you a note or was inspired enough to add you to their friend list. Well… IT DOES ME! Especially if it is just a random note of kindness.
I decided to act on “the moment.” I first searched for a group that may have fit this category. By the time my browser pulled up the results it had occurred to me that if they were fulfilling their purpose then every page on SP would have comments! So I started a new group, TWC – The Welcoming Committee. OMG, I just realized after typing TWC that that is short for The Weather Channel. LMAO. In that case, our forecast will be sunny and simply delightful. Our mission will be simply what every other welcoming committee has ever done. Welcome, grow your flowerbed of friends, and motivate baby sparkers and check in on teenage sparkers to make sure they are still motivated. Hopefully by adulthood they will want to join us. ;)
So that’s the long version. I will fill in the details later, but feel free to join me on my quest. I can’t welcome thousands alone, and still squeeze in losing weight. Even though I did manage my gallon of water today! BUT if I have others helping me it can be tackled! Right now there are thousands joining every week seeking support and motivation. When the book hits shelves in January… the Spark will no longer be just a spark. It will be a forest fire! There will be millions joining (I hope!) and we need a poa on how to tackle the masses! :)