UPDATE 5/29/16 I see that you can now click preview and remove all the editing links from our own page. That is a plus.
It's been 3 days or so since the change and yeah, I still hate it.
Things are in better perspective for me... My first posts were reactions to the invasion of my personal space, but now I'm more reasonable. It is just a webpage, not really my personal space and not really needed by me or anyone when it comes down to it...
I loved my original page and kept it up to date. I hate this one because it reminds me of facebook with the white blocks and banner pic that has to be severely edited to fit (really, if you have a facebook page, open two tabs, one with your sparkpage and one with your facebook page... all the talk about them looking the same is absolute truth.)
Some of my favorite background pics I used to use do not edit to fit the banner and still look right, too much has to be cropped off, or you get the stupid blocks of color on the sides- yuck. I also don't like the white... too much bright white. I don't like not being able to choose font colors. I don't like the color blocks on the sides of the whole page... it just looks to me like they are making room for more ads. The whole thing is too bright and feels unbalanced.
I also don't like all the editing links for everything always right there on top. Other's pages look much cleaner since I don't see your editing links... to me, mine looks too busy and cluttered with all that around, on, and under every picture and block.
I also don't like the order my blocks are in. I'm not big on blogging (do it rarely), so I'd like to be able to move that block to a less prominent space, if I could that would be to the left under my sad little goodies box. My friends and teams are more important to me, I'd like to move them up. And I really don't care for the spot the goodies are in now, it's almost like they have been set aside... as if being prepared to be eliminated somewhere down the road.
The fact that the spark page change made me so upset (seriously?) made me realize I must spend too much time here... re-doing my page was kind of like a hobby. Now it's a drag because of all the limitations. Perhaps this is just the wake-up call I needed to get me away from here and doing more "real" stuff.
Yep, it just might be the push I needed. See, I've been considering taking a hiatus from SP for a while. It's been ages since I've used the actual tools that brought me here back in March of 2007... namely, the trackers. I am just burned out on having to enter everything. Writing is so much easier for me.
I've been hanging on to SP because of just a few things lately... keeping in touch with some awesome friends, keeping my little part of a couple teams going, and my beautiful spark page, my favorite place on the internet to just "park." No longer.
I have been trying to like it by changing pics (very difficult with the limited pics you can use in the banner) and the colorblock... hey, that's all I can change now. So far I'm just feeling dejected.
I have depression, and some of my friends know that it's been pretty bad for a while now. This little thing has not helped. And it is a small thing, I realize that. I mean, SparkPeople has all the right in the world to change their site however they see fit... no matter what. Yes it's free, but we do put up with all the ads, even did my part by clicking on them semi-regularly. (And I did spend money here on SP... in their store. I even have two of the sparktrackers.) But I just took for granted that Sparkpeople wouldn't change what they said was my personal part of their site. I was wrong, and I am honestly surprised at how this made me feel.
However, I know that it's not going to change back, so I can either get used to it, or leave. I don't want to actually leave, so perhaps a break is just the right thing.