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Sparkchanges.... let's get over it

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sure, I was mad yesterday when I opened my Sparkpage and saw ALL those links everywhere. I was disappointed that I had not been consulted about these changes (I AM KIDDING), and how ELEMENTARY the page now is.

I realized something yesterday, though. Spark needs to make these pages easy to use, for the new users. Us old hands knew how to do everything, and didn't need this. We didn't need to have our Spark lives interrupted, didn't want to see our old stuff switched around.

Aren't we here though, because WE changed, or are changing? We are here to incorporate change into our daily lives, to make our lives happier and healthier, to be BETTER?

Isn't that what Spark is trying to do? Make this a better site. Yes, it is tough to make changes, we all know how hard it is. It is tough to make a change permanent, especially when nobody bothered to consult me. Kidding again.

But, often, change is a positive turn in our lives. I did contact support yesterday, and I asked them if I could have my old page back. I also asked for a few things that they never got done, and probably never will. They answered me and said no. OK.

Regardless, I'm staying, and I applaud Spark for trying to be more intuitive for new members. Think about when you first got here and didn't know how to do anything. This page would have been a lifesaver. Let's get over ourselves, and embrace change, as we all know it's a positive step in the right direction.

There are SO many more important things for you to worry about today. Make loving yourself your first priority.

Spark on.
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  • DS9KIE
    1740 days ago
    I don't think anyone really likes having changes sprung on them - I'll deal with it fine (I have suggested they enable us to toggle in/out of edit mode) - but the strong reaction was, I think, in part because it was such a shock to log on and find it all changes - I really did think it was my computer packing up!

    1742 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Just like every other change, in a weeks time, it will what we are used to and we won't think anything of it. This site is way to important to me for very different reasons than the home page, so for me, I saw it, thought, "oh, that is interesting" and moved on with my day not even giving it another thought. I hope people can just get used to it before throwing in the towel! Have a glorious day! The weather cannot get any more perfect than it is this weekend so I am so glad the ClaireinParis is here this weekend vs last weekend when it was so cold!
    1742 days ago
    As a Technology Coordinator in my former life I was tasked with bringing faculty, staff, administrators and students onboard with changes. So I understand the problems very well. However, "easy to use" is a relative term. I'm not going anywhere. I always adapt to change.

    Pointing out problems to tech admin is a necessary part of change. That's why software requires small updates all the time. Version 2.0 becomes 2.1 and sometimes 2.11

    Because some Sparkers are visually impaired, having navigation graphics instead of text greatly impacts their ability to use the site. Some Sparkers have reported glitches that are being fixed.

    In May 2014 a major site overhaul included removing the list of blogs from each team, reasoning that we could subscribe to the blogs we wanted to follow. The avalanche of complaints resulted in the list being restored. If it hadn't been, I never would have seen this blog.

    I hope those struggling to change their lives will adjust to these mostly cosmetic changes and hang in with this valuable resource.
    1742 days ago
    Well said. Change is the only true constant.
    1743 days ago
    Great blog and I thank you for posting your thoughts! I am not thrilled with the changes for certain, but it's not the end of the world...I'll smile and adjust...and stick around!
    1743 days ago
    Change is part of the game... I know some sites that never get updated(ie. community bulletin boards) and after awhile things stop working... I'm glad there's someone making sure that doesn't happen here!!!
    1743 days ago
    A head up would have been nice, but I agree this is there site and they can do with it what they want. however ... the people here on Spark is what have made this site what it is, If we were not on this site there would not have been the traffic ...... So I sometimes see it as more of a partnership.... a heads up would have been nice. Is it just me ot do the pages seem to take longer to load?
    1743 days ago
    The changes are not my favorite but indeed, having been here since 2010, all the changes made have been something that I have adapted to. It's worth it for sure.

    I just have to comment on a comment -- the changes made may be more palatable to "the sparky masses" if there'd been advanced notification that this was going to happen. But, that's not how it went. Sooooo, have to put on our patience pants, and adapt. It'll become 2nd nature, eventually.

    Above all, I keep in mind that this site is FREE! so, that's a huge bonus!

    Thanks, as always, for a thought provoking blog!
    1743 days ago
    Wait what? Someone was complaining? Must have missed it.
    1743 days ago
    I'm a lifer. I've gotten used to changes on Gmail, Facebook, and countless other websites that I visit frequently, or rarely. Because in my past I was a user interface designer, I often notice flaws in the functionality of a website or software application, but that's my nature, and not always a reflection on how easy or "intuitive" (that is a very loaded word in my profession) a site is for someone brand new. I sure hope that these changes entice new folks to stick around, but I fear that it's not about the look and feel of the site as much as it is about the WORK that it takes to reach your goals, and how a lot of people just simply aren't ready for that level of effort.

    HOWEVER, as always, you hit the nail on the head, and I love you for expressing your always-awesome viewpoint! You are one of the smartest people on Spark, and I'm so lucky to be able to call you FRIEND.

    1743 days ago
    I am a firm believer that change is a good thing. I have not really seen my page yet so it should be interesting. I agree that it would have been nice to get some warning but I'm cool with it either way. Sparking on...
    1743 days ago
    I think you nailed it. When supposedly "intuitive" interfaces are introduced they are intuitive to those who learned on the similar interface they were modeled after. Example: I had a really, really hard time with the concept of "drag and drop". I am an old-school green screen and dos prompt PROGRAMMER. It sure wasn't intuitive to ME!

    But that was because I was GOOD at the old stuff. I knew the commands. My fingers would type them without my brain being consciously engaged.

    The same is true of any tool. When they change it, it works best for those who are familiar with tools similar to it. If you're a Facebook whiz, these "new" pages will look very familiar... the banner and profile pic? OMG... jinx!

    It's entirely possible that they are making use of a common code template that will make their lives as developers easier, more cost efficient.

    And I'm not going anywhere... I shall adapt... because it's what one DOES! Doesn't me I won't spent a bit of time mourning and reminiscing, but CONTENT is far more important to me than format!
    1744 days ago
    Change is inevitable. If it weren't for change some of us would still be living in caves. At my age, I need to change things up every now and then. It keeps me on my toes!!
    1744 days ago
    meh. Not a fan, but I'm sure the sun will still rise in the morning. In the end, that's all that really matters.

    1744 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Sparking On Here.
    1744 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Do I like some of the new changes? No! Will I deal with them? Yes!

    The bottom line is the bottom line. Spark is still free to us and the site is earning a sizable income by selling
    advertising links and ads for all manner of products.

    Have a great day Sparkers!
    1744 days ago
    I'm sometimes slow to adjust to change~to me, feels like Spark has taken on a more Facebook friendly kind of look. Not so sure I like it....but will adjust lol
    1744 days ago
  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    we older folks take a little longer to process "change" but, it sometimes good for us to explore new things emoticon
    1744 days ago
    Wasn't going to comment but changed my mind and came back. First off, I would say I'm pretty computer savy and was often a change agent throughout my career. With that background, most changes on this web site haven't bothered me although I sometimes haven't viewed them as improvements.

    That said, I would like to add these thoughts to this discussion. Please remember that not everyone thinks or learns in the same way we do, Telling someone to "get over it" is not helpful. It's a lot like telling someone to calm down - rarely, if ever, does it work.

    So what might be helpful?? SP might be announcing changes a day or two ahead of time. That way people are prepared to see something different. Some of us aren't into the surprise factor. I would also suggest SP publish a list highlighting the changes or even a tutorial! (Yes, I will send these suggestions directly to SP.)

    Meanwhile, we can worry about more important things, love eg. be kind to ourselves... and others.
    1744 days ago
    I noticed the change in color but continued on. Somethings just do not bother me. Maybe I'm missing something, I don't know. Life changes everyday so why not Spark? Continue writing cause it helps me and others when we read it. Thanks.
    1744 days ago
  • JONNA64
    Funny, but I barely noticed! Opened my page, said, "Oh, that's different!" and went on with my life! Change is the only constant in life, so we might as well embrace it!
    1744 days ago
    I admit to being surprised when I opened my page yesterday, but I actually liked it. It feels so much simpler and cleaner to me. Nothing ever stays the same and if we can't accept change, then we will never grow. That's just the way of the world. I worked for 21 years for a major public accounting firm. I loved my jobs, every one of them. But the only thing that never changed was the fact that we made changes at least every 6 months. Sometimes they worked, sometimes not so much, sometimes after 3 or 4 tries they put things back to the way they were before. But the most consistent thing in that organization was the constant changes - I learned to adapt!
    1744 days ago
    Sparking on, my friend
    1744 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10748384
    Change is hard on everyone but I love the change SP has given me and my body so will take it all in stride and do what helps me :) emoticon
    1744 days ago
    I don't like the changes and they really don't feel user-friendly at all.
    1744 days ago
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