To Spark or Not to Spark
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Today I read a blog from a friend who mentioned that she was considering leaving Spark. Without Spark she and I never would have met and I feel we have become good friends, so OBVIOUSLY I don't want her to leave. I know we will chat elsewhere off-site, but she made some points so valid that I have really begun to consider if I should also leave. Is Spark still helping or has it simply become a habit?
She vocalized much of what I have been thinking for some time now. I have stopped tracking my food, but I still track workouts. One without the other doesn't really make sense, though. And sadly, I don't really feel the sting of not tracking anymore. Kind of makes it somewhat pointless.
A big thing for me is that the vibes here have changed. Nobody helps to pick you up when you’re down. Rarely do you get encouraging words when you need it. And it seems that the bulk of the comments I get on my blogs are either from close friends or random religious Sparkers quoting scripture. I have nothing against Christians, but this is about FITNESS, not religion. (and being Jewish it makes me kind of uncomfortable). I really feel like we have lost that supportive community vibe that so appealed to me when I first started. Find a blog where someone says they are struggling and it may have zero comments. Find one where someone has lost 100 lbs and eats perfectly and works out every day? 200 comments. Celebrate the people who have done well, but make sure you also lift up those that haven’t as well...they need our love and support even more!
And finally, the ads. They have gotten COMPLETELY out of hand!! I get that they need them to keep the site free, but they have really and truly gotten insane. There are ways to have ads on your site without making it so cumbersome or awful or completely bog down your computer!! I mean, JEEZE!!! I may end up leaving simply due to that!