Let’s say you’re scrolling through profiles on a dating site and you spot a nice woman who you might like to date.
You send her a message, and she responds, saying she wants to get to know you! But behind the guise of that sweet-sounding woman may actually be a man — a cybercriminal who only wants to get your phone number to scam you.
Maybe you’ve decided to finally give online dating a try, or maybe you’re just wondering why your matches aren’t responding to your profile. Don’t whine about your singleness status, about the bad first dates you’ve had lately or about the sad state of politics in your area.
There are a few profile-writing strategies to optimize the likelihood of interest from potential matches. Keep in mind the rules of first-date conversation and apply them to how you introduce yourself to strangers online, too. Keep your profile upbeat and focused on all the great things you have to offer and are looking for in a new relationship.
How-to articles, lists of tips and lists of resources are all great ways to do this, and are commonly recommended.
But what we could all use are some vivid examples of what this looks like in action.
How can you replicate this The How About We blog is full one thing missing from a lot of online content: good writing.
Among a sea of overly-abbreviated crap smattered with emoticons, the How About We blog articulates dating advice in a funny, thoughtful and well-spoken way.
The first time I tried online dating, I realized my profile mostly attracted people I could easily meet in my everyday life. We met and, if only my life would be a romantic comedy, we fell in love and spent the rest of our lives tumbling from park to park through a London blurred around the edges in the golden afternoon light… There is no way of turning your back to the sweaty, creepy looking man ogling you from across the bar, you’re out there and he can peer into your eyes – or down your top if you (and I would strongly advice against it) opted for one of those photos, as much as he likes and choose to approach you if he feels the urge to. I have a sassy little sausage dog called Bobby that I love a normal amount.
Although I honestly haven’t tried an online dating site myself, I’ve got plenty of friends who’ve taken the leap and developed brand loyalty for these social networks – so much so that they share some pretty great blog posts from the sites with me from time to time.
These websites must be doing something right with their blogging, as their content is clearly shareable.
We had met a couple of times already; I’d been to a party at his place and we’d even been out drinking beer (together with other friends). Oh I didn’t tell you about my picky must-have-list? It’s a new year after all – and new years are for new beginnings.
Of course, the same week I started running in to him all the time, and after a few days I got a friend request on Facebook.
Messages like: and so on will not inspire the urge in me to respond. I do not expect a riveting piece of literature or a haiku poem. Tell me a thing or two about you in addition to what’s in your profile. Still, no matter when or how, spring always arrives accompanied by a bang and a firm knock on the door to our hearts. My weekend would be overflowing with dates if I wanted it to be. Hi Emma, you have a message from Hungbillionaire, go find out what he wants…