Thursday, July 23, 2009

My online dating journey:

I have to admit that I would be the first person to tell you that I couldn't really buy into the whole online dating thing. I mean, sure, I thought about it from time to time. I also thought about what my profile would say and how it would look. I would think about the things I should say and things that I thought I should reserve, just in case. The one thing that had kept me from creating an online dating profile was really paying the fees to go to a branded site.

Well, a few months ago I came across which read "free online dating for professionals". I'll admit, I work more hours than I would like to admit, but I love what I do, so this ad really caught my attention. I spent the next couple of hours creating a perfect profile. The first thing I did was to go through my photos and uploaded a few that displayed my 1000 watt smile and a few of me hiking and surfing (my favorite hobbies).

The next thing I did was go the the "About Me" section where I conveyed who I was, what my personality is like and of course, I added a bit of humor to spice it up a bit. My friend constantly advised me to be honest, so I took her advice. The next section was with regards to who I was looking for. Again, I though long and hard and went for it. I talked about how my ideal match would be someone who isnt too serious, is honest, enjoys the outdoors and has a great sense of humor. After a few more areas were filled out, I hit complete and began my search.

As I had mentioned before, I've been quite pessimistic about online dating sites and this was gonna be my opportunity to prove my instincts were correct. A few days later, I received a few messages from people who not only were good looking, but seemed geniuinely interested in me. After exchanging a handful of emails, I finally decided to meet one of them in real life. I wont make a novel out of the details, but let me just say that online dating really proved me wrong. I am currently in a relationship with a wonderful person and life couldnt be better (unless of course there were a few more digits in my bank account). If you're in a situation like I was, I would say to go for it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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