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I'm thinking of leaving Spark

Thursday, August 27, 2015

My little self & I the grown up self are thinking seriously of leaving Sparkpeople, whew there I've said it out loud; and not just thought about saying it. I've been with spark since 2007, seen many changes to this site, more & more then even more ad's and pop-ups, that sometimes freezes up my computer, and I'm tired of it all.

I've log on each & everyday, the points have decreased, I have streaks going for a long time according to my daily spark page. I'm proud I am so consistent, with weighing & measuring food & logging it in daily along with my physical activity.

I have met some of the only friends I have in my life on Spark. If I leave it will be like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, when she tells the Tin Man "I think I'll miss you most of all" If I choose to leave; I will miss my daughter for I still only have her here on spark, I can go to her page and read things she wrote, I do that so I don't feel like life is so empty. Yet if I leave her and my friends I'll have nothing but time, all the time I've spent on this site reading & writing and creating these relationships will be lost forever.

When I was back home in AZ I found time to do it all work in the garden, hike, walk, take photos. Since moving all I seem to do is walk, walk, come home & check in with Spark and see what my friends are doing or I read their blogs. I can only wish I could go out and have a cup of tea and discuss the pro's & con's of my choice with one of my dear friends. I have no idea if they feel anything for me, yet I chose all of my friends carefully I didn't just friend a person to have another among them all. I am so tore I'm tired of my computer freezing up every there's a "pop-up" that gets on the page.

I've turned this over in prayer several times, it's just this time it really feels as if I've reached the end of my rope, and all the other times I've held onto the rope and told myself this too shall pass.

Does anyone else feel like this???? I don't like the new changes, where they took away our personal goal boards. I understand this is their site and they do what they want do to make money to support this site. Why take away our personal motivation to do it? Do they not think things are personal to us on our own page.

I will sleep on my decision, and if any of the people I feel are my friends respond to this blog I'll consider re-thinking it so I don't lose the people I really love, pray for and care about.

As always thank you to anyone that reads my blog I really appreciate the "clear-head" of not being in this situation. Who knows due to the smoke in our air from all the wildfires--in the west & northwest, I'm maybe having a fuzzy thinking day and over reacting to things I don't like.

Take care & be well do something good for yourself then pay it forward to someone else.

Many Blessings Always Debby
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    I still miss you, my friend, I hope you are okay emoticon
    640 days ago
    I miss you and, pray you will return soon. emoticon emoticon
    1566 days ago
    I just got back to sparking again after being away on the road RVing all summer (no internet access at some campgrounds, so I decided to take a break till we came back.) I am just now getting back to reading blogs and posting and was so sorry to find out you felt this way when you wrote this blog. I sure hope all the positive and supportive responses you received helped change your mind about staying on SP! I don't know much about all the changes they have made, but I hope that you will adjust to them and find out how to solve the issues with the pop ups and freezing. I just got a new Apple computer and haven't had any problems with that. Love it! Take care, dear friend. I look forward to getting back in touch with you on a regular basis.
    1852 days ago
    Ohhhhh noooooo I just read this and am so thankful you are still considering your options! I've been terribly frustrated with the new changes but I know I'd miss Spark with all my heart! I'd miss you too with all my heart! You are so important to me!
    1859 days ago
    Don't leave. Do you have an ad blocker on your page? I don't have alot of problems with the ads; I pretty much only get one when I first log in, and then I see some on the sides that just kind of sit there.
    I'd miss you. :(
    1878 days ago

    I just came back and you were one of the first people I though of!

    Can you get help installing a "pop up blocker"

    Or maybe invest in an Apple computer. They automatically block pop ups and are very easy to maintain and if you need help they are awesome at the Genius Bar. I'm going there today to solve a few issues myself.

    Let me know it ain't so and you will stay!

    1882 days ago
    Well Debbie I think it's pretty clear to see you have a lot of people here who care for you.... In this big world friends are just hard to come by........ even if we are online we're still friends..... We have a voice and a heart....... like one said those ads maybe in the morning but without them Sparks would not even be here that's what pays the bill.... And thank goodness Sparks is free to us.... emoticon
    1885 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/28/2015 7:43:02 AM
    I can relate! The ads drive me crazy, too, but that's how they are able to keep the website free. You should go find a challenge on Spark & join it. Those are fun. They have so many to choose from. I've done several over the years -- sometimes I've done them more than once. We would sooooo miss you if you left. emoticon emoticon
    1886 days ago
  • GORDON66
    You can still get to your personal goals. Go to step 2. On the left side, there is a box that says "explore and join a new challenge". Under that box is a link. Click on it, and you'll be taken to your personal goals.

    I hope you change your mind and decide to stay.


    1886 days ago
    I was having issues with the ads crashing my computer some time ago. I went on the technical help section of the message boards and told them what was going on. I explained that I was thinking of quitting spark people because of it. They did something magical on the back side and certain ads didn't appear anymore. Sometimes the site is still slow, but it doesn't crash all the time and make me crazy like it once did. I can't say for sure that they'll fix it, but it's worth a try.
    1886 days ago
    I would hate to see you leave when this has been a source of support for you. You inspire more than you know (as has been said), and just realize, despite all the changes that are annoying, you still deserve the support here. That's worth more to me than streaks and points. Yes, I find them motivating too, and yes, for sure things have changed and not for the better always. But the people here are awesome.

    Do consider it prayerfully before making a decision.
    1886 days ago
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    I understand your frustration, as each change SP has done, as been an exceptional hard challenge, for me to get used too. I don't like the pop ups. I never had them on computer until about 6 months ago and it slows EVERYTHING down waiting on them to pop up! However, I know the consequence of me leaving and God didn't bring me this far to leave me and He didn't you either! Debby, you inspire more people than you know , here is SP Land, and I'm one of them! If this place is too overwhelming for you right now, take a step back and reassess your values. I know if I don't have the support that I get here, I would have a most definite hard time. Don't hang in there Debby, as you're using your own strength to do that, and your energy will be spent, and you will fall. Just rest in the mighty palm of Jehovah Rapha, right now, so you can heal and then come on back and inspire and give us HOPE!


    - Nancy Jean -
    1886 days ago
    I wish we did not have those durned pop up ads As well .......... And I see the log in points have decreased .............. Like some others, are there some real natural faces you can talk to and visit ............. we are prolly a poor replacement for a real person ............ I suppose so much of my time is spent at work talking to people all day and consider some friends .......... For me, I woulde not be happy giving up s-parks entirely ............... OOps outtsa time ................ more later.
    1886 days ago
  • SUNSHINE99999
    Keep on doing the things that keep you strong. Sending you good thoughts for sure. emoticon
    1886 days ago
    Keep in touch with your sparkfriends in other ways, email, actual mail, skype... leaving spark doesn't have to be the end.

    Real life friends do help alot though to make a life feel less empty so I don't know you or your situation but can your current social life be improved where you've moved to?

    And as for the pop up ads.....just get adblock, it takes care of all that guff and it's free.

    I've been here since 2007 too and I'm kind of over it all too so I understand where you're coming from, make the decision that's right for you! Good luck
    1886 days ago
    I've seen lots of changes in SP. I've seen lots of people come and go. I hate all the ads and pop ups. They bog down my computer and sometimes I click on the accidentally and then have to close windows just to get back to where I was. I understand that the ads help pay for the site, but sometimes they are overwhelming - especially when ads pop up for pizza and foods I struggle with!

    Some great suggestions. I like the volunteering one. I always think it is a great way to meet new people and do something that makes you feel good in the process. Double win!

    1886 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    I enjoy being a emoticon as it has motivated me to reach to and touch moreso. I log in my fitness and food which keeps me on track. Take a break only if you need to and let what you're learned encourage you. We'll still be here and I, like yourself have been here since 2007 and seen the changes. We all need change, some for the better some...not so much! Unlike you, I have not friended a lot of people as I am a touchy, felly type person however, it's great to know if I need to be motivated, I can come here and get all that I need. That, in itself is refreshing. Take your emoticon and think abuot it some more. We'll be right here for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1886 days ago
    Like your blog. I just started sp just before the new change. I liked the last on. Now I'm trying to learn where everything is again.I have sp on my phone. Not so many popups. It is a free app. I enjoyed you blog.
    1886 days ago
    It is unfortunate that SP has changed it's site not to your liking. I can't tell the difference because I only got here in February of this year. You seem to have a lot of time on your hands, have you considered volunteering somewhere?
    1886 days ago
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