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Saturday, June 12, 2021

I’m sorry I haven’t been very active on SparkPeople this week but my excuse is my sister’s in town… I haven’t seen her in almost 2 years and she keeps running me ragged.
Plus, I needed time to process Sparkpeople closing down.
I’m not one to jump to anger or to drop out now instead of waiting till the end, like some.
It has been very interesting reading peoples’ blogs and posts regarding SP disappearing. Reading other people’s’ feelings,experiences, plans has helped me think it through for myself.
Also, call me lazy, but I’m letting other people do the real work of finding alternative sites that might meet our needs or my needs and summarizing it for me.
I guess I agree with the folks who feel like SP has been going downhill the last few years, the writing was on the wall and it has sort of served its purpose these last 20 years for many of us.
I’ve only been here 11 years but I have learned so much and I appreciate that it was free all these years.
What I will miss the most is the wonderful people, of course. emoticon
My plan right now is stay here until August 17.
I hope to connect in some way with the Sparkpeeps I am the closest to and try to stay in touch with them and maintain a different sort of relationship, and, in fact, have already connected on FB and swapped email addresses with some, and I did join the SP refugee group on FB.
I surely do hope that those people with strong anger at SP have simmered down a bit and realize that change is in evitable and life goes on… We will survive this.
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  • DESIREE672
    It’s interesting reading Sparkers’ thought processes about this. Anger hasn’t been a part of my reaction - it’s a business but it was free and such a rich experience. Now I have to build things to replace the losses. I had a teacher who used to advocate change for its own sake - shake things up and see what comes out of it. I think he had a point. I think - I’m not sure. Trying to see what good things come out of this. Can’t see yet, but they might.
    41 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/19/2021 10:29:39 PM
    As I was re-reading my very few blog posts and deciding whether or not to save them I saw that you commented on my very first post - October of 2010!!! Isn't that crazy?? I mostly lurk on here these days and read other people's blogs but it is sad for me to see that go away. I joined the FB groups so we'll see how that goes! Hope to find you on there.
    46 days ago
    Enjoy the time with your sister.
    46 days ago
    So happy you're enjoying sister time -- my own dear sister tends to run ME ragged too and I can hardly wait till she can come here and do just that!!

    The google docs site is going strong and you'd be very welcome there (link in my last blog): but totally understand taking your time, exploring your options.

    New horizons opening up!!
    48 days ago
    LOL - I guess I'm lazy, too! I did sign up for the new site (as KoffeeNut) but am also planning to stay here until they turn off the lights. By then I figured I'll know whether the new site will meet my needs, and if not, which of the sites my Sparkfriends have landed at so I can migrate to something similar. I figure we're not actually lazy - we just conserve our limited resources!
    48 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Wherever each of us choose to land, we have the opportunity to spread our individual spark to others!

    Hope to cross paths with you when the dust settles.

    48 days ago
    Don't apologise for spending time with your sister. Family time is first and foremost. After the last 18 months I think we all realise that more than ever. When I go back 'home' for a visit I barely Spark at all.

    I'm not angry with Spark - I'm grateful for having had access to the facilities for free, for so many years. I am sad and disappointed though.

    I too will miss the wonderful people. Including yourself of course. I've blogged a bit more on the subject this evening. Basically I'm happy to stay in touch with people in whatever way is comfortable for them.

    Thoughts still very much with you and your husband btw and hoping all goes well.

    48 days ago
    Family time is fun!

    I'm here 'til the end because I'm still undecided. I won't join FB because I'll never come up for air. I only have a few regulars on my Spark Page and need to get a few IRL. Like a bunch of us, my man had health problems which totally removed me from my social sphere and Spark took over.
    Time to get a life?

    48 days ago
    Change is ... uncomfortable ... especially when it's not totally understood WHAT is changing.

    I'm here til the end.
    Sounds like SparksPeople needed a total over haul and this was the way to do it. Being FREE is phenomenal. And how many ... thousands ... of accounts here are inactive??? Which suck up cyber space.

    And how many of us ... clean up after ourselves. Which sucks up cyber space.

    If we slow down and read the communications ... sounds like there will be a social community ... which most of us are upset about "losing".

    Hug on that sis of yours.
    Hugs ... are priceless.
    48 days ago
    hope you have a great time with your sister like you I will be blogging here to the end . I do have a facebook and use email and would like to keep in touch , if you do send me a sparkmail . we still have two months to strengthen friendships and cheer each other on, Hugs
    48 days ago
    (((HUGS))) I am sticking around to the end, too.

    I hope you had a wonderful time w/your sister. There's nothing as renewing as good family time.

    48 days ago
    I am grateful for everyone who is continuing "to the last day". I am, too, even though I'm exploring other venues and know I'll land OK, I will miss those for whom I don't fall into the same "life boat". They say that people come into your life for "a reason, a season, or a lifetime"... and the sooner we accept that this is just the way life is, the happier we shall all be. It's been a week since the news leaked, so hope along with you that as we've had time to process this thing that happened, we'll adjust.

    Hug that sister and have fun together!
    48 days ago
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    Liz if you join us on you'll find me as CazGorleston.

    but we have each others' emails so we'll be in touch.

    Time to pack up and ship out, have a great weekend hun emoticon
    48 days ago
    48 days ago
    I have cooled down since first hearing of the shutdown. I was actually more angry about the way it was revealed rather than the closing down itself.
    I am on Facebook groups: SP alumni and SP wellness, motivation. I didn't know about the google site. I do hope we can stay in touch in some way. I, too, have connected with some through email and the FB sites.
    48 days ago
    I wondered how much rage there was out there. I always expected Sparkpeople to either start charging or shut down. this much data storage and maintenance for free? yikes! But I have loved the ride and I too am on both the google group and the facebook page.

    All I can say is THANKS for the fun and the opportunities, Chris & Co.

    See ya on the book, as they say around here
    48 days ago
    Family time is first , and the best! I love that u get a chance to sit back and relax and focus on something besides doctor's appointments etc...I hope hubby is enjoying the fun and break also...
    I am here to the end...unfortantely I can not go on SparkAmerica since I am Canadian ...sent 3 emails to Spark360 as it bounced back my email two times and the third email someone messaged me saying since I am Canadian I can not access that also...which I do not get some other Canadian's are able to use that one at has to be where I am located I guess is how they are dealing with it...

    I will miss seeing a lot of ppl on here after Aug 17th ..but life must go on...
    Will miss seeing your blogs and will keep keeping u and your family in my thoughts and prayers...
    48 days ago
    How would I find you on FB? I'd like to keep in touch with you. I'm Karen Pritchard on there. A few of us have already signed up to too. Hate the name, but seems to work in a similar way to Spark. I'm LIBELULITA on there, the same as on here emoticon
    48 days ago
  • LORI-K
    Me! I have strong anger about this!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Elizabeth. And you are correct, life will go on. I have settled down some, and now must get busy saving things now that I am back from my trip. I’m glad you’re staying until the end. I am, also. I will keep blogging until the end.

    Have fun with your sister!! Family time is the best time.
    I hope I am one of those you want to keep in touch with! I surely want to keep in touch with you.
    48 days ago
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