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Friday, November 27, 2020

Yesterday I saw an article featured on the community page here and when I clicked on it, saw that it was by a non-spark blogger who I used to follow out in the "real world" LOL. The article, was 11 years old and her blog has changed titles and I don't think this person even blogs anymore.

It made me take a quick peek again on the resources and articles and noticed how many are dated. It's not that they don't contain good information; it's just that it's old.

Awhile back, I also was confused as to why the same people were continuously identified as "featured bloggers" and then was told that this is identified by the number of "likes" at the bottom of the blog. I hadn't really even noticed this feature but it then made sense.

For example: today's featured Sparkpage motivator hasn't posted a blog since 2013. https://www.sparkpeople.com/my

It's unfortunate that more bloggers aren't featured more, so they can feel the encouragement. A few years ago, someone started an effort to share good blogs so the community here could "like" those and help get a more diverse group of featured blogs and bloggers. It wasn't really clear what happened to that group. It seemed like it got re-named and turned into something else.

I know Sparkpeople has a small staff and it takes effort to provide resources. Just find it sort of interesting that so much of what I find when I peruse is fairly outdated. I found it really intriguing when BROOKLYN_BORN did a bit of a research experiment about her "sparkfriends" - who was still active and not. I know a few of the folks who I really enjoyed have dropped off. It makes for an interesting community, here.

So those are just thoughts and observations. I usually don't dig in here much, just do my thing and check on a few spark friends. I did pose the question on the message boards, but got the same response I got a few years ago when I asked about this.

Just curious if other people have thoughts about this - if you wish to share. Otherwise, will continue to enjoy what is here for all of us to use. Keep sparking.
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    There are a lot of obsolete teams that I think they should delete because when you try to find a team it is discouraging to have to look at so many dead ones. Also they claim there is no way to delete threads on teams where the interest has died and no one post on them . Personally I think there should be a way to de-clutter the teams. That is my observation .

    Thanks for bringing to our attention about how blog post get featured . I will start liking the ones I think are really great.
    58 days ago
    I know what you mean. People do come and go. Almost all the friends I made when I first got active in the community are now gone. Some said goodbye before deleting their accounts, some suddenly deleted without saying goodbye, and some left their pages up but stopped posting or responding years ago. At first, all this was disturbing to me. I hate change and wanted everybody to stay, but I got used to it over the years and learned to control my feelings about it. Everybody has different needs and does things differently, but it's still a little sad to lose touch with former friends. I have one friend who stopped posting years ago, and her last posts were all about her heart problems and sleep apnea. We were even exchanging Spark emails. So I wonder what happened to her and can't help thinking that she might even have died, and that brings me grief. This is the down side of this kind of site--that kind of sadness and uncertainty.

    But the warm feelings I have for my friends here and the warm support I receive makes it worthwhile to me, though there are times when I'm too busy to participate much.

    Anyway, I'm glad you're here, Betsy, and I appreciate your friendship!
    60 days ago
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    Thanks for the heads up ! I'll definitely be checking dates on the informational articles, as things change all the time ! Thanks again !
    60 days ago
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