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!
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    Personally, I wish you wouldn't, but I'm guessing that at this point, you may have done it already (as I am overwhelmingly behind).

    1606 days ago
    Raina, you have been sparking for a long time!!!! You have been very conscientious and very devoted!!! I've only been sparking half as long as you have and I am already finding it hard to get sparking again!!!! However, it's people like you that makes this work for people like me!!!! You are my spark inspiration!!!!! Hang in there - at least until we finish our walk across the country!!!! emoticon
    1703 days ago
    Depending on what browser you use, you can actually block the ads. I know it doesn't seem right, because the ads make the site free - but they are annoying, and when we're in certain countries using our wifi device I just don't want to pay for all those ads using up the data allotment we buy.


    I agree with the ultra-religious comments - I now delete them, and sometimes SparkMail people and tell them why I deleted their comment. They usually understand. (But yes, the comments are often inappropriate.)
    1703 days ago
    Girl, you know I'm thankful for Spark because I met you through it! I wish you lived closer to me, I have a feeling we'd be inseparable!

    I totally forgot about the random religious nuts when I was writing my post yesterday but THAT TOO. When I do get comments they are like "God bless, pray to Jesus for help" and I'm like how about... how I can get back to the gym? Because just praying ain't gonna get me to the gym. SO GLAD YOU GET IT.

    Maybe we should start a club somewhere online for genuine folks like us. Ex sparkers lol. I started a bit of a trend yesterday, saw a few posts like this so I know we're not the only ones in this boat! Wonder what happened?!

    Well at least you & I are connected outside of Spark just in case. I'm trying not to make any rash decisions at the moment but we shall see!
    1703 days ago
    I have noticed a big change since I started in 2010 as well. I totally get it. Sometimes I consider getting away from ALL social media sites..for many reasons. Don't leave just yet. :(
    1704 days ago
  • JCLJR4547
    the pay weight loss sites are worse then spark about ads!
    1704 days ago
    Well I am sorry that you feel that way and as a totally random and not religous person I would like to say thanks for the blog.

    I can totally see your points though, the message boards have become a hot pit of pointless posts which is kind of frusterating.

    The ads don't bother me too much mostly because most of them get caught by my filters, but when I do see them that are generally very loud.

    I would hate to see genuine sparkers leave but if this is no longer giving you an edge than who are we to ask you to stay.

    Whatever you choose I hope it helps push you toward your goals and makes your happy. Good luck!

    1704 days ago
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