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I Just Don't Get It....

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Over the last few days I have spent some time exploring this massive website SparkPeople. I have checked out each of the teams that I am a member of. I have huddled in teams, read blogs posted by other team members, and posted some myself.

When I had exhausted the blogs of team members I then checked out the SparkPeople Community page. I discovered that the SP Community page lists who they consider the best member pages for the following categories: Motivational, Community Involvement, Fitness, Inspirational, Positive Attitude and Weight Loss.

I spent time viewing some of these pages and quickly realized that a lot of these spotlighted members were AOL. Or at least my criteria to determine if they were active- had they posted a blog in the last six months? updated their status recently? – told me they weren’t using the website at all. Now, I don’t want to send negative here, but how can I consider that someone is at the top of SparkPeople community involvement if they haven’t interacted on Spark People in such a long time?

And then that got me to thinking about the Spark Team formed during the week I joined in December 6 – 12, 2009. I still belong to this team, and I occasionally go in and say good morning, and I read the blogs that active members are posting. This team has 6886 members. I opened up a page that listed all the members and started looking at some of their pages. Like the AOL motivational members, most of my team-mates are not active!

So here is my dilemma. In my search for a new me, I have decluttered a lot of my life – my wardrobe, my ‘things’ which ranged from books to frog collections, my spending habits and yes, even Spark Team memberships. But I have refused to end my membership with this team that was formed in 2009. I haven’t even given the idea a chance to brew in my mind, until today. But today, as I took stock, of this team, I began to wonder why I bother to huddle in the morning, as no one else ever does. The team leader is inactive and has been for at least the last 60 days. There are a few members who blog, but very few. I sent out a message in February or March of this year asking if anyone was still sparking – no response. So I’m now wondering if this spark team is just extra baggage I don’t need hanging around.

I belong to nine teams, and all of the others have activity with members who are active and interact with others daily.

How many of you have removed your Spark People Class of insert the date here? How many of you have lots of fun and activity with your SP Class members?
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  • STLOUISWOMAN
    RUBYTWOSDAY, like you, I have been decluttering my life. Like you, that meant dropping a couple of teams that no longer met my needs or had become basically inactive. There's too much in life for us to enjoy, to try to hang onto everything else. It took me a long time to learn that.
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    2737 days ago
  • SEAWAVE
    I never joined my Spark Class team, because I figured there were so many other teams that were more specific to my interests. I wouldn't worry about dropping it if I were you. I suspect many of them just die a natural death from disinterest.

    Like you, I have found that some of their teams became inactive or, when I check the "motivator of the day" e-mail find that the person is set to not be for public viewing. I'm not going to add friends just for the privilege of reading someone's blog that may or may not interest me, so I just don't bother with those. I'm guessing motivators are automatically identified from the number of "hits" on the "like" button on the blogs, and that no real person is maintaining the motivators page.
    2738 days ago
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