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3/25/21 10:31 A

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Hello again, all!

I just want to wrap this up by saying I truly appreciate your comments and suggestions on how the Featured blog process could be updated and for feedback on making it easier to find other blogs. I have shared this with the team here for future consideration; but, I cannot say when any changes might be made in this area.

Sorry I do not have a more specific answer for you at this time. I appreciate all of you.

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3/19/21 9:53 A

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There needs to be a limit on how many times a month a person can have a featured blog. Who knows how many interesting, inciteful or helpful things many users are missing because we are not interested in the fanclub blogs and just skip by it.

It's a real shame when other people can take the effort to write something only to be pushed aside daily.

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3/19/21 9:05 A

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Well, we tried. I no longer care about the featured blog. I don't even look at that now. I'm sticking with only on the teams I'm on. I find so many of the blogs on the teams interesting, encouraging and that's why we read them to begin with.

Diane
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Spirited Under Dawg team as the CL (Challenge Leader) on the 5% Challenge for many many challenges
Invincible Indigo a part of the Biggest Loser Team

Life is NEVER going to be "Fair" to any of us, but we still have choices. We can choose to SINK OR SWIM!! Some may "try" to hold us under, but we can still go up. We may really have to look for how, each thing we eat, a choice, each time we move our bodies, a choice. Yes we have a CHOI


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3/14/21 8:49 A

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@KALISWALKER yes!!! That would be perfect. emoticon



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KALISWALKER's Photo KALISWALKER Posts: 25,114
3/13/21 10:56 P

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When you wrote a blog, the READER would select the category it would fall into - like the motivating member nominations.


Happy Sparker Lynn 'A good girl with bad habits'
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3/13/21 10:33 P

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@_WARRIOR4LIFE that'd be a neat way to handle it. Sparks?

Diane
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Spirited Under Dawg team as the CL (Challenge Leader) on the 5% Challenge for many many challenges
Invincible Indigo a part of the Biggest Loser Team

Life is NEVER going to be "Fair" to any of us, but we still have choices. We can choose to SINK OR SWIM!! Some may "try" to hold us under, but we can still go up. We may really have to look for how, each thing we eat, a choice, each time we move our bodies, a choice. Yes we have a CHOI


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3/13/21 9:24 P

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That would work.

I think we are learning there is not an editor/human who manages this type of content for blogs or motivating member selection. We see what a computer program generates.

Happy Sparker Lynn 'A good girl with bad habits'
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3/13/21 9:10 P

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@KALISWALKER I think maybe if the blogs were divided into categories... like diet, exercise, motivation, inspiration, my story, daily life... etc... and members could click on the category they wanted to view. When you wrote a blog, you would select the category it would fall into.



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3/13/21 7:24 P

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Be based on diet advice, positive attitudes towards life, such like that relates to SPARKS. Though the popular/aka featured blogs can be "entertaining" it's not what I really want to read for encouragement. They used to be so helpful.

Diane
EDT - Greater Portland Area in Maine
Spirited Under Dawg team as the CL (Challenge Leader) on the 5% Challenge for many many challenges
Invincible Indigo a part of the Biggest Loser Team

Life is NEVER going to be "Fair" to any of us, but we still have choices. We can choose to SINK OR SWIM!! Some may "try" to hold us under, but we can still go up. We may really have to look for how, each thing we eat, a choice, each time we move our bodies, a choice. Yes we have a CHOI


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3/13/21 5:59 P

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My suggestion is to limit the number of featured blogs a member can have in a given time period.



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3/13/21 3:32 P

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Let's work towards a solution.

I sense there is a frustration with not knowing how to communicate directly with a Spark Coach who has the authority to consider and activate changes to the site.

My suggestion - On the Start Page it stops at 4 blogs. What SparkPeople should do is make it much easier to find other blogs. Any other suggestions?

emoticon Do not make any comments about specific individuals. Repeat let's not have personal attacks. Your opinion is valued but please edit your comment if necessary to take out names. emoticon

Melissa I too hope Spark thrives and continues to be our meeting place.

Happy Sparker Lynn 'A good girl with bad habits'
Achievers! Not for the powerful and famous, but for regular people who set goals and achieve them by their own determination,

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3/13/21 2:38 P

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Here, here! I worry about SP's funding. I've noticed a real drop in new content over the past few years overall. It appears that coach Nicole may not even be part of the team any longer. The only reason I stay here is for my Spark connections and the support I get from them. I "do" my Spark Teams and post in the fitness and food trackers, but even those are not updated. I try to read my Spark Teammates's blogs and some of them do not get the exposure they need! Every Spark Peple member needs to be featured.... Not only because they lost 100 pounds or whatever, but even those who struggle daily because they could benefit from other Spark members' encouragement, advice, help, motivation and compassion! I do hope Spark People is still thriving and look forward to something new to read. Thanks for hearing our voices!

Melissa EST BLC 46 Navy Ninjas
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*You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism~E


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CHAR46SUE's Photo CHAR46SUE Posts: 2,832
3/12/21 9:32 P

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I agree with a bunch of these comments, the feature blogs don't get my attention at all.


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3/12/21 8:20 P

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I, too, no longer read the featured blogs because they are not focused on exercise or nutrition. I do like the occasional "personal anecdote" but every day is not interesting.

I would like to see inactive pages removed or suspended because it's demoralizing to click on a page that hasn't been updated in two or more years. I suppose the advertisers are drawn to the number of members, but inactive members are not reading the ads anyway.

I love the active members here at Spark, but we need to see some updated articles, new emoticons, etc. It's fairly obvious that this is a site that's utilized by people who aren't on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, etc. But even an "older" format needs new content.



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3/12/21 12:35 P

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Maybe there should be a limit on the number of featured blogs members can have in a given time period. At least once a week should be a limit...

Just a thought.



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3/12/21 9:23 A

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SPARK_MERLE - thank you for taking the time to write. I happen to agree - the same people are featured and - it IS a popularity contest, not a nod for content or the fact that they are well written, etc.

That said - maybe there should be an area where you can vote for popular (popularity contest) and an area that you could vote for content. Unfortunately, I didn't know that there were things like voting for a motivator and I searched the files for info. (Sometimes your help files aren't that easy to navigate - especially if you dont' know exactly what you are asking for). I don't see much info on featured blogs (the methodology behind them) - that is perhaps the reason that the blogs consistently get voted popular - people don't realize that they are 'voting' for them.

I, for one - am an overall leader of the 5% Challenges. I am a Co-Leader and have hundreds of members who are 'my SparkFriends' yet are not necessarily on *my* SparkFriends list - perhaps that is why some blogs get voted best - they have a 'Friend Base' of hundreds ~ I tend to keep my friends list manageable and I pretty much interact with my SparkFriends and regularly go and 'purge' those that are no longer active.

I love this site - and have been a loyal member since 2008 ~ I'm happy to speak with anyone about some ideas that I have, but, of course - that means programming changes which, I know can be difficult and time consuming.

Again - thank you for your follow up with us - and a topic that really is getting a little traction.

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~2020 Fall 5% Challenge ~ Shooting Stars Team Member (Start Date: 10/3/20 - End Date: 11/27/20)


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3/12/21 7:20 A

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emoticon I see the same faces and don't read much more. I have nothing against any of them it just seem repetitious.

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3/12/21 7:19 A

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I agree that the Featured Blogs are written by the same few people. Like Kaliswalker I would like to see more featured with diet ideas, weight loss solutions, motivation and positive Sparkpeople goals to mention a few. I have lost the desire to blog, because I feel that the "regular blogs" are overlooked and are only paid attention to for entertainment value. We have some outstanding writers on Sparkpeople with a lot relevant to say. Seeing some new people would be great.


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3/12/21 6:21 A

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I never read the featured blogs as they are the same three people. I honestly thought Spark was paying them.



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3/11/21 10:15 P

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Once I found out what the Like button was used for, I refused to click it ever again. Featured blogs should NOT be a popularity contest or a Who Has the Most Friends contest. They should be blogs that are highly informational and/or motivational.

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3/11/21 10:10 P

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SPARK_MERLE that'd be great because of course people ARE going to hit the LIKE button and hey I read some of those blogs because yes, they are entertaining.

There's been so many others blogs (I do go down thru the list to "hunt them down" that do help motivate me. I HOPE it can be changed for our benefit that this be changed and for newbies.

Diane
EDT - Greater Portland Area in Maine
Spirited Under Dawg team as the CL (Challenge Leader) on the 5% Challenge for many many challenges
Invincible Indigo a part of the Biggest Loser Team

Life is NEVER going to be "Fair" to any of us, but we still have choices. We can choose to SINK OR SWIM!! Some may "try" to hold us under, but we can still go up. We may really have to look for how, each thing we eat, a choice, each time we move our bodies, a choice. Yes we have a CHOI


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3/11/21 10:08 P

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TOTALLY agree Kaliswalker!!

The "Featured" Blogs are not things to do with weight loss, motivation. Sure some of them are quite entertaining, but Sparks USED to be blogs that helped me, not for entertainment. Though of course entertainment can be a wonderful distraction. As you pointed out I CAN follow these.

SPARK_MERLE, I just really don't feel it's motivational for me to read most of those blogs. I get stuck at times with my journey and I've been doing this for 10 years. I should probably go into maintenance at this point.

The Motivational Members ,,, I'll go to check their pages, they are not there. I was shocked yesterday when I went to BOBBYD31 page, he's not been on for a few years. I did leave him a message since his wife, he and I were on a team together, he did see that message and reply. Many just aren't active. I can't ask questions, No need to follow them.

SPARK_MERLE you are AWSOME and than some. REALLY appreciate any help here. There are other members who feel even stronger about this.

Diane
EDT - Greater Portland Area in Maine
Spirited Under Dawg team as the CL (Challenge Leader) on the 5% Challenge for many many challenges
Invincible Indigo a part of the Biggest Loser Team

Life is NEVER going to be "Fair" to any of us, but we still have choices. We can choose to SINK OR SWIM!! Some may "try" to hold us under, but we can still go up. We may really have to look for how, each thing we eat, a choice, each time we move our bodies, a choice. Yes we have a CHOI


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I agree. This is always the same person (LEANJEANS6) who is featured. It gets repetitious. But maybe she works for Sparkpeople?

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, who am I for? And if not now, when? ETHICS OF THE FATHERS

But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
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And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. JEREMIAH 29:13

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3/11/21 8:40 P

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DIANEDOESSMILES - I agree.

I would like to see Featured Blogs about weight loss, fitness, diets, food, healthy lifestyles, motivation, and other Spark related wellness goals.

The 'usual' Featured Blogs are often like Reader's Digest articles, nostalgia, fond reflections, and repeating themes. Yes they maybe well written, but if you want to follow those writers hit the 'subscribe' button and you will see everything they write without going to the Start Page.

I want to see blogs from a wider demographic - new members, people of all ages who are sharing their wellness journeys, those who are struggling but trying hard, people I can learn from or support, some who may be future Spark Friends, etc.

Please SparkPeople - We need diversity of writers and themes!

The other 'thing' is Motivating Members. Some of them haven't been on SparkPeople in years. Could the coaches do a simple quality check? Have those people/accounts even been active on Spark in the last year?

Edited by: KALISWALKER at: 3/14/2021 (22:35)
Happy Sparker Lynn 'A good girl with bad habits'
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3/11/21 8:25 P

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Hi Diane,

I appreciate your feedback. The way it has worked for a long time is based on the number of votes a blog receives. We made a couple changes over time to try to help other members' blogs be featured sometimes instead of the same people. But, when so many members enjoy and vote for a blog each day, it still rises to the top. I will ask if there are other changes that might be considered in the future for this process.

Spark_Merle


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I have talked to other members of sparks and we are wondering something. Each day it's the same 5 to 8 people who always have the TOP mention of "Featured Blogs".

It used to be that anyone would be featured when they had a good blog on the blog page on the top. Of course now it's those who get the popular votes, and these ones amass many followers. It's very discouraging to have a featured blog we agree and be buried behind some who are always the TOP 5 to 8 featured bloggers. I've had one recently and it got only 33 hits.

Diane
EDT - Greater Portland Area in Maine
Spirited Under Dawg team as the CL (Challenge Leader) on the 5% Challenge for many many challenges
Invincible Indigo a part of the Biggest Loser Team

Life is NEVER going to be "Fair" to any of us, but we still have choices. We can choose to SINK OR SWIM!! Some may "try" to hold us under, but we can still go up. We may really have to look for how, each thing we eat, a choice, each time we move our bodies, a choice. Yes we have a CHOI


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