Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Off Season Post 16: The Dos and Don'ts of Match.com

Hello, Readers. Welcome back to this week’s off season post not about The Bachelor Pad. Granted, my readership has dipped considerably; however, I’m certain those of you reading this are the most loyal of the bunch and I’m excited to grace you with my nonsense for yet another week. Thanks for hanging in there.

To you, I suppose, I’m like that new puppy who just chewed the skirt off your semi-new living room sofa. Sure, you’re disappointed in me, but it’s impossible to hate me. Hey, I’ll take it where I can get it. The problem is that I haven’t had it in so long I’ve forgotten where I can get it. Please spare me the “this is where you can get it” emails. I’m certain I’ll figure it out.  I have plenty of sex.  Now I just need to find a partner. 

Before I get to the substance (if we want to call it that) of this week’s post, I’d like to point out that Some Guy in Austin recently reached a significant milestone. While perusing my site the other day I accessed my “Stats” page and noticed that last week’s post was my 100th post. That’s hard to believe, but it’s true. Like the U.S. Postal Service or chronic hemorrhoid pain, I’m consistently around. Thank you to all of you who make it possible for me to flex my creative muscles once a week. Writing this every week is as therapeutic as a glass of red wine and two Valium. It helps me forget what’s wrong with my life, if even for a few hours. With that said, let’s get to it.

After last week’s delve into my take on relationships, I began to purge the Inbox on my blog email. When I re-read some of the emails I noticed that I had forgotten to address a topic that came up several times from several readers from around the country. I had about a dozen or so emails asking questions about dating websites like Match.com or eHarmony.com. The one email that stood out constituted a plea of sorts from what I’m sure is a lovely young lady regarding the best way to get a “good” man’s attention via her profile.

It seems she tends to get responses from a bunch of weirdoes. One guy, for example, liked to pretend he was a fish when he walked through the supermarket. It’s beyond me how any person would consider that little detail either relevant or attractive, but, God willing, we all know there’s someone out there for that guy. Notwithstanding my inability to guarantee a “good” man, I think some ground rules when it comes to presenting oneself online are within my area of expertise. My initial take on the email upon re-reading it is that there’s something wrong with the bait, not the fish. I’ll elaborate.

As a true student of the game, I felt it incumbent upon myself to conduct a little research. I have to confess that a few years ago I actually got sucked into the inundation of Match.com promotional emails and out of sheer curiosity created a profile. Let me say that I’m no more opposed to meeting a person online than I am anywhere else. In fact, if we’re honest about it, a person is just as, if not more likely to misrepresent herself in a bar as she is in an online profile. Like any first meeting, these sites are an effective way to get the ball rolling. However, after about 3 weeks on the site and a few dozen emails, I cashed in my chips. It just wasn’t for me. However, luckily my old ID and password are still active. I typed in a few parameters and surfed a few dozen profiles as I took notes. The following are my observations as a man looking through the sea of potential muses.

1. Everyone “Loves to have FUN!”

In looking through close to 50 profiles of women all across the country ranging from 21-41 (I assume that’s a good cross section of my demographic since most of you tune in to The Bachelor), I was amazed at how many women used the words “I love to have fun” or something similar in their profiles. Love to have fun? No sh*t. Who doesn’t like fun?

Webster’s defines “Fun” as “something that provides mirth or amusement.” By definition, everyone likes to have fun. That’s why they call it fun. Sure, that could mean different things for different people. “Fun” for me entails downing a dozen Lone Star beers in a dark honky tonk and scooting a lovely young lady around the dance floor. “Fun” for Charlie Sheen would probably be something a bit different. While it’s a relative term, “fun” means something we enjoy doing. Telling me that you like to have it says absolutely nothing about you. You might as well follow that up with “I enjoy speaking in generalities and my favorite color is white.”

In the interest of beating a dead horse, let’s assume that statement means something. The best way to get to its point is to make the inverse true. What if someone wrote into her profile “I don’t like to have fun”? See how that works?

Tip Number One: Unless it’s between 1949 and 1989 and you live East of the Berlin Wall, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’ll be seeking a mirth filled time in a relationship. On the other hand, if your desire is to incessantly brood into your wedge salad while pondering the hopelessly flawed nature of humanity over a few glasses of wine at a fancy dinner, I suppose a potential date would find that information pertinent prior to asking you out. Please mention if you hate fun.

Instead of globally stating your affection for being in a joyful mood, give me examples of what you consider fun. “I love to go skiing” or “Backgammon is a huge aphrodisiac” or “Slow dancing makes me giddy” are all examples “fun” things to do. If I have an idea about specific things you enjoy, then I can both relate to you and plan accordingly on a date. It also gives you an idea how much I pay attention to your needs. That’s important to know up front, isn’t it? Guess what? I like to have fun too. Apparently, that means we have something in common.

In my example above, I’d continue reading if the girl liked skiing or dancing, but I’d probably move on if I didn’t know how to play backgammon. Define “fun” for me and let me go from there. Your other option is to have me show up and take you to the local Snake Farm during feeding time at the python cage and then look at you and say “what, I thought you liked to have ‘fun’?”

When the lights go off and the chairs are stacked at closing time, it’s all about compatibility. You might attract a broad range of guys with global, non-committal, generally meaningless statements about yourself, but if you want someone you have some things in common with to respond, then don’t hide the balls. Besides, that also gives you a much better chance of getting to see my balls. (First anatomy joke. You’re welcome.)

2. Jeans vs. Getting Dressed Up

Another big theme in the vast majority of the profiles I perused was what I’ll call the “Cinderella” theme. Apparently, single women are under the impression that it’s necessary to differentiate themselves from all of the other single women who spend time exclusively in either an evening gown or in jeans and a flannel shirt.

Look, you’re not Erica Kane or Crystal Carrington and no man believes that all you want to do is get gussied up and hit the local martini bar for a few cosmos before sauntering into the main dining area for some foie gras and chardonnay. We know you don’t brood around your mansion in a rhinestone bedazzled, form fitting dress wondering if Victor Newman is alive or not.

Incidentally, if I could learn how to talk like Victor Newman, I would. That guy is money. Of course, I’d lose the porn mustache and wouldn’t be so serious all of the time, but than again Victor Newman has a lot to worry about as long as Jack Abbot threatens Newman Enterprises. Annnyyyyyhooo . . .

Conversely, no man believes that you wear nothing but jeans and t-shirts. Women who do that aren’t available anyway because they have softball practice three nights a week and already have girlfriends. Again, this piece of information doesn’t help me figure out who I’m dealing with. You have a limited space in which to serve up a hot plate of first impression. Don’t clog up that plate with parsley. Give me the meat and potatoes. Besides, that gives you a much better chance of seeing my meat and potatoes. (Anatomy joke number two. You’re welcome).

Tip Number Two: “I prefer formal to casual” or “simple over complicated” is more informative than putting yourself into the “I love X but also love the opposite of X” conundrum. Pick a side, if even subtly, and stick to it. Every man knows that a woman enjoys being wined and dined every now and then. There’s no need to waste valuable, limited profile characters by telling him that. Tell me what kinds of food you love and I’ll figure it out. If a man isn’t smart enough to know that Chez Whitey or whatever doesn’t serve chili dogs then you’re probably not going to be doing much formal dining anyway.

3. Pictures Say More Than You Think They Do

Ladies, ladies, ladies. This is an area that can use the most improvement on these sites. Look, we all know that the profile questions (all 20 of them) are nothing more than a cursory way to identify the most basic preferences of the user in order to “match” that person with a series of other users with statistically similar answers. I didn’t go on the site but I understand that eHarmony has a more involved survey than Match.com; however, I suspect the outcomes of any “matching” would be eerily similar.

Frankly, that’s the exact same thing we’re doing when we choose a particular location or event to meet people, aren’t we? After all, if I like country music, for instance, I’m very likely to meet a person who also likes that music at a place that either plays it or at a concert of a country music performer. Insert whatever like or dislike you have and the results are the same. We go places we like. Therefore, it follows that we’re apt to meet people with the same or similar interests at those places since they also venture there because they like it. Granted, that may be all we have in common, but the same is true on the Internet. Church, concerts, the lake, Hitler Youth Rallies, etc. You get the picture.

Speaking of pictures, what women on these sites desperately need to understand is that men are extremely visual creatures when it comes to attraction. While women often back their way into a physical attraction by seeing other aspects of a man’s personality, it doesn’t usually work that way for men.

Tip Number 3: Choose a half a dozen recent, clear, color pictures of yourself and leave it at that. There is definitely such a thing as too many pictures. I’m not prepping you for plastic surgery and I’m not a special effects supervisor making a stunt dummy of you. I don’t need to see you from every possible angle with three different hair colors and I don’t care that you’ve been to Machu Picchu, the Parthenon, and Wrigley Field. I can Google those locations if I’m interested in checking them out. When I’m on a dating site, I care about how you look and that’s what I want to see.

A smile, a close up, a tasteful full body shot, and a couple of normal shots of you not posing like Paris Hilton on a red carpet give me a good idea of your physical appearance. Oh, and don’t hide what you think are your flaws. Put your best foot forward but don’t set me up for disappointment when I meet you. For instance, if you’re a curvy, short woman then own it. If you’re seven feet tall, then own that. Show me some pictures that show who you are. Make them recent and make them honest. There’s no quicker way to kill a real life meeting than to show up looking nothing like the pictures you put on line. You want a man who loves you for you, right? Then don’t hide it up front.

I also realize that you love your dog, cat, fish, parrot, or whatever and I know that you love your friends, your mom, and your brother. I don’t need to see a group shot of you and 5 friends and figure out who you are. I don’t care how ugly your friends are, it’s not good to put them in the photo sections. The reverse is also true. I saw a couple profiles where the friends were actually hotter than the person posting the profile. I was tempted to send an email asking for the number of the girl to the right of you in picture number 3, but I thought better of it. Focus me on YOU, not your friends.

A shot of you and a pet is fine as long as it’s not weird but a solo shot of your pet IS weird. I’m not looking to get matched up with your dog. Mention that you have one in your profile and leave it at that. Oh, and bathing suit shots are fine as long as they’re tasteful and not “modeling shots.” A woman with 25 professionally taken photos on her profile screams high maintenance and vanity. If you post that kind of stuff and you’re going to get a bunch of emails with Italian accents. You’re likely to find a personal trainer with a “night job” who has just as many pictures on his profile. Those qualities are fine, but remember, it’s not the fish’s fault he’s attracted to the bait you put on the hook. If you bait the hook with junk, that’s what you’re going to get . . . shots of some dude’s junk. (Anatomy joke 3. You’re welcome.)

4. Be Honest But Not Too Honest

To be fair, I found some of the profiles that I scrolled through to be well thought out and, in fact, am taking a lot of my positive advice from those. The ones that caught my attention shared a good deal in common. If I could pick a few words to sum them up I would use “brief,” “informative,” “honest,” and “personal.” They were the action filled trailer rather than the entire movie.

One of the most direct profiles I saw specifically said, “If you don’t earn over $250,000 a year then I’m not interested in you.” As vapid as that seems, it’s clear and aside from the hate mail she’ll get from Gary in IT who just wants to find a woman to love him like his mother never did, it’s doubtful that any person outside her proposed demographic is going to respond.

Granted, the sorry bastard that does will probably regret it once every 30 days when he writes a handsome spousal support check before getting in his car and driving it over to deposit it into the mailbox in front of the house he used to live in, but at least she’s up front about it. Remember, Fish vs. Bait.

Tip Number 4: In line with that, it is possible to be too honest. Several women came extremely close to bashing ex-boyfriends and husbands. Several women criticized other women. Several women listed all of their requirements in a husband. Husband? That’s putting the cart pretty far in front of the horse on a dating website.

Coming across negatively is never a good thing when trying to get a man’s attention; particularly when you come across as a man hater. Would you trash your ex-boss in a job interview or talk about how poorly your co-workers did their jobs? If so, you’re probably still looking for a job. If you need to hash out some personal issues then do it prior to putting yourself on the dating block again. If I want to carry baggage, I’ll get a job at the airport.

5. Remember the Prize

This brings us full circle. After reading the first 10 profiles I’d say that about 70% of them contained one or more of the above mistakes. Now keep in mind that we’re all operating under the assumption that I am a “good” guy to meet, so take my advice with a giant grain of salt. However, it’s fair to say that I have a job, take care of myself, am usually fun to be around, respect women, and generally get along with everyone. I’m not starving full figured women in a dungeon in my basement and making them rub lotion on themselves so I can kill them and turn their pelts into a full body suit in order to become a woman (that’s the plot to Silence of the Lambs in case any of you missed that), and I sure as hell don’t envision myself as a fish when I’m in the grocery store. This brings me to the point of this entire exercise.

When creating (or now editing for some of you) your profile, keep the goal of the site in mind. The goal is to MEET someone with the intention of seeing IF he is compatible with you. The goal is not to find a husband. If that’s your goal, move to Utah and start knocking on compound gates. You’ll be married faster than you know it. Granted, you’ll have to sew your own blue Little House on the Prairie outfit and share some sixty year old guy with a couple of 13 year olds, but you’ll be married.

Approach your profile like you would your resume. Paint the absolute best picture you can of yourself with the understanding that you’ll eventually have to back up everything in there. There’s no sense in saying you’re “laid back” or “easy going” if you’re really a Type A control freak. Perhaps, “I like to take care of a man in relationship” or “I like some structure in a partnership” are more appropriate ways of communicating that idea. There’s no need to show us the entire blueprint. All we need is a look at the front (and perhaps the rear) of the building and a peek inside the lobby. If we like what we see, you’ll get asked out. Simple, right? Let’s hope so.

Well, there you have it. For you married folk, I promise to have a more relatable post for you next week. I’m just trying to help out my single lady friends this time. I hope y’all have a wonderful week. Take care of yourselves. In the meantime, if you need me I’ll be looking for someone who loves fun. DP


  1. I have read all of your off-season posts and have enjoyed them. I don't do the online dating but the whole owning it bit is true for anyone in any relationship. Well done. Let's just say that you are definitely universally appealing. Keep on keepin on. ~Cariss
    PS I let the Utah bit slide since it's true on a very small scale. haha

  2. Oh yeah, I love how you merry (no pun intended) your wit, juvenile anatomy jokes (which crack me up), pop culture, current events, history, philosophy, psychiatry, and soap operas (loved Y&R back in the day) all in one neat package.

  3. Congrats on now surpassing 100 posts! I am proud to be one of the loyal readers. Appreciate the anatomy jokes too.

    Denise in Alabama

  4. DP, I as well always enjoy your off-season post almost better than the Bachelor/ette posts. However, seeing as I am happily married this post did not help me in any way...but of course was enjoyable to read anyways. Looking forward to next week when you have some marriage advice.
    Loved your humor this week! Kim in Nevada

  5. Nicely done, DP. For the second week in a row you've dispensed excellent advice that I hope I will never need to use.

    Now if you don't mind, I'm going to go brood around my mansion in a rhinestone bedazzled, form fitting dress.

    ~Rebecca (a jeans and a t-shirt kind of girl who just likes to have fun)

  6. Here's my question: Are men such visual creatures that they wouldn't be able to get past a woman's average looks even if she had really clever answers to the generic "getting to know you" questions? Could wit make up for whatever she may lack in beauty?

  7. DP, Very nice. Wish I could have passed this on to a friend years ago. She now has one of those weirdo bloodsuckers for a husband. That being said I love these off-season posts!
    Paula K. in Sacramento

  8. The answer is "yes". A man can get past average looks. My point was that women should own their looks rather than hiding them. Attraction is important and can come from many aspects of a woman's personality; however, physical appearance can be magnified by a great personality. I suppose the same is true for men. Great point! DP

  9. Love the off season posts!! Tried the match.com thing but it wasn't for me but now happily married. Since you are into beer and mountain biking, you should come out to the 24 hour race in Arizona!! Good times and two favorites activities, beer and bike. Enjoy your humor, thanks!

  10. AZ, send me a link about the race. I'm always looking for a fun event! Thanks.DP

  11. So, I have actually been reading for a few seasons, but have never commented (despite your plea for your readership to step up during the debacle that was Ashley's Season.... sorry). As much as I love your reflections on the various Bachelor shenanigans, I think I enjoy your off season posts more, particularly your accounts of life in a small town (I just picture the three police from our town and the city pool I grew up by, when you tell them). Here's hoping if I ever bump into you in a dark honky tonk on one of my trips to Austin, you will scoot me around the dance floor.


  12. Congrats on 100 posts!!!

    I couldn't stop laughing with the first part on Fun. I kind of want to make a fake profile saying I dont like to have fun, prefer to stay on the couch and while watching info commercials viualize myself as a slot. Until, of course, laziness kicks in and my brain goes to dial tone.

    Seriously I think some of those points really boil down to knowing what makes you happy and full of life. Plus knowing how to articulate what you want out of life/friendship/whatever can help just meeting someone face to face.

    Enjoy the rest of the week I hope some rain heads your way!

  13. Boy please, you must be behind on Y&R because Victor has more important things to worry about...like helping Sharon get out of prison (who, by the way, does NOT look so good as a brunette) and making sure Adam gets his by getting busted for destroying the memory card. Oh, and Jack is just grateful to have Jabot back from Tucker McCall so Newman Enterprises is of no concern to him.

    I totally can't relate to your blog this week (thank goodness) but it was definitely a fun read!!

  14. Hartamber, compelling summary. I'll brush up before opening my mouth next time. Always good to see you comment. DP

  15. SGIA,

    Are you offering to proof-read our dating profiles? :P

    Mine is fun.

    TLew ~ NashVegas

  16. Hi some guy..sorry I have not been posting off season. I have been reading. Loved that you had to explain the silence of the lambs reference. Keep writing, and I will keep reading!

  17. "...always looking for a fun event.". Dang you are so good!

  18. I once did some online dating thru Chicago's free hipster-ish newspaper. everytime someone says something like, "i'm comfortable doing x, but also the opposite of x, and also those other thing that isn't those two things", it screams "please go out with me! I'll do anything!!!!"

    Every one on there was looking for someone with a "sense of whimsy". And all the guys had a "childlike" sense of fun. I know I'm getting old when I'm thinking, man I just want someone with a JOB. :) Perhaps hipster-match is not for me anymore.... :P

  19. SGIA, how can a lawyer be so philosophical? You are unlike any attorney I work with. I bet you would do wonderful writing self help books. I hate to admit it but before I married I used Yahoo.com. I wish I had your tips back then because I sure did meet some interesting(not in a good way) men. I guess my profile was at fault. Thank goodness I am married now. It was still fascinating to read your tips. Thanks again, and WOO HOO!! on your 100th posting. Debbie in Selma, TX

  20. Really enjoyed your post! Lots of laughs :)

  21. Hey DP,
    CONGRATS on 100 posts..that's awesome..hope you new goal is a million! :)
    I have lots of friends who have tried online dating with great success and I have friends that have met what I only can guess are the underlings of society..but I couldn't agree more with your comparison to treating your profile like a resume..be honest and to the point. I have debating trying online dating but my biggest thing is I don't think the kind of man I am looking for would use that avenue to meet someone but I understand how busy people are these days and meeting nice, normal people is difficult to say the least..IF I do decide to give it a whirl your advice will be ringing in my head!
    Thank you for making me laugh -- yet again! You are the master. Cameron

  22. DP, I've been married and out of the dating pool for a long time, but have some newly single friends who have tried the match.com route. You offer very good and sound advice that I'll pass on.
    Love your off season posts, I am a loyal reader.

  23. I spent 2 long years on Match.com, my husband spent 2 short weeks on it. I went on 10 or so dates with just about anyone, no matter if they were my "type" or not, before I met him. My type hadn't been working very well for me in the previous years anyways.

    Instead I knew what qualities were non-negotiable. Steady job, family oriented, conservative politics, religious (but not too much!), steady and strong enough to tell me "no". I really didn't care about looks, although I wouldn't go out with someone I was repulsed by.

    By our third date we were already talking marriage. He had the qualities that I insisted on. Did I love him??? No! We were married 5 months later. That was 4 years ago and we are so happy. The first year was tough, really tough...still would rather be in a marriage that I had to work at than be single again!
    You don't need to love them at first. Love grows when you see they remember what you like on your Subway sandwich, or how patient they are with your daughter. Those are the things that made me fall head over heels in love with my husband! (I'm still falling in love) He's not that attractive, but that isn't what is important. Even an attractive man won't be at 80 years old!
    He is wonderful and I love him. I have and will continue to recommend Match.com to others. If you go to a bar, what are the chances that the 5 men you talk to that night are going to have all the qualities you are looking for. Match.com just helps you weed through the people who have little to nothing in common with you!

  24. I watched Y&R back when the crust of the Earth was still cooling and, seriously?, Victor is stll one of the characters? That was 30 years ago! (I was 9 and my babysitter got me hooked). I've evolved, of course, and watch only quality REALITY soap operas now. ;) Blake is a skank, btw. Watching Erica lure him in is hilarious. Alisa from Colorado

  25. I normally don't comment, but I am super impressed that you even know of Victor Newman and Jack Abbot and the continuing plot!! Wish you would comment on Bachelor Pad! I'd love to get your take on the trash...

  26. Congratulations on the 100 postings and my sincere appreciation for all the laughs and insight they have provided. I'm already looking forward to the (at least) next 100!


    PS: I'll never look at the word "fun" (nor use it) in the same way. :o)

  27. DP,

    Here is the link. I've done it three times and the weather can either be Arizona fabulous or "where did the snow/sleet come from, I'm miserable" (which was the case this past February).


    If you have questions about the race, let me know. Super fun event!!


  28. Anon, when talking about marriage you stated:

    "You don't need to love them at first. Love grows when you see they remember what you like on your Subway sandwich".

    I have to disagree. I'm happy that things worked out for you, but I think that getting married before you fall in love is a recipe for disaster in most cases. I've been in love (or what I thought was true love) and fell out of love before marriage was even discussed. Getting married and hoping to fall in love and working through it because you were already married is probably not the most sound advise. Anyway, I'm glad that things worked out for you.....just my two cents.


  29. DP, Congrats on reaching the century mark!

    Good advice re: what a guy looks for in a gal's profile. But I wonder if the readers who asked for your take on finding a "good" man were hoping for suggestions for weeding through all the men?

    I've not done the online thing in a looong time, but I suspect there's been little change. Take a gander at your "competition," and let us know what you think. I bet most of the guys are also seeking fun, which could be interpreted in many ways. In my experience, it often meant the guy was looking to date casually(sleep around?). Not that there's anything wrong with that, as long as both parties are on the same page.

  30. Thanks DP!
    MH, I think Anon has a point here. I honestly think there is so much grey area in love, true love, lust, infatuation, crushes...and they are all confusing...and most of the time get mistaken for one another. I agree with Anon about not having to love someone or "be in love" with someone at first. Nine out of ten times, that lust/infatuation that we feel when we think we are "in love" eventually goes away. You say that getting married, then hoping to fall in love, and then working through it isn't sound advice but I think it's just skipping a step on their part. Most of us "fall in love", get all goo-goo ga-ga and think each other is perfect and amazing, get married, then see each others' true selves with all our little annoying idiosyncrasies, then we have to work like hell just to get along most of the time when we realize we aren't that compatible once we stop being on our best behavior during the courting/honeymoon phase. See all the extra phases we have to go through?!? Exhausting! Lol :)
    I say the bar is automatically set too high when you "fall in love" so if you start low (like Anon did), your chances at a successful marriage might be just as good as the traditional way...especially if you know you are fairly compatible. Right???

    Amber :)

  31. Hartamber, all good points. I actually went back and read the comments from Anon again. After reading anon's post again I realized that she said she did not love him after the third date when they were talking marriage. Originally, I thought she meant that she got married and did not even love him. My apologies for speaking before I read all of the facts carefully, Anon.

    I think that both of you ladies made good points.


  32. That was sooooo common sense and true. The female friends that I have had who post pics of themselves on those sites 40lbs. ago and then proceed to say what an "asshole" the guy was because he wasn't "interested." Duhhhhh! I was baffled. But on the other side of that coin, I agreed once to go out with a law professor who claimed he was mid 50s (which was way over my age limit--but he pretty much begged so I went)--only to find out that his picture posted on the website (AND on the law school website [same pic]) was 20-25 years old and when he shows up he tells me he's "really" 61. If that wasn't bad enough, I looked him up in the State Bar Directory and he was 63!!! So much for honesty. Anywhooo (as Some Guy would say...your posting was right on and good advice. I also decided that "those sites" were not my cup of tea either. Met a nice guy at work.

    Love your point of view of the world.

  33. Great advice. One other thing I'd add, though. Bait the hook specifically for the type of guy you'd like to date. For example, I love to read, so my profile tag line was a quote from Walt Whitman. It's what attracted my now-boyfriend, who is also very literary. And his recognition of the quote was what differentiated him from the other guys who sent really generic emails, like, "Hi. How are you? You're cute." BTW, that's also a good tip for guys responding to profiles - always mention something specific from her profile that piqued your interest. -Amy

  34. Amy, great points. Showing that you've actually read the person's profile is important. I like the tag line advice to. In thinking about it I too was drawn to the profiles I saw with creative tag lines or ones I could assign a personal meaning to. Nice job. DP

  35. So funny that you wrote about this - I'm sadly on Match and constantly want to write a book for GUYS on what not to do:
    1. no shirtless photos
    2. no photos of yourself taken in the bathroom with your phone

    That pretty much sums up the book.

  36. Great tips!!! I wish I had something to add here but honestly, I've heard too many horror stories to have one of my own...

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  38. I agree with Sarah above. After about the third typo, I'm done reading. For both men and women, make sure you have something semi-intelligent to say when you actually send an email, and "How was your weekend?" doesn't count. I'm far more likely to answer an email that addresses something they saw in my profile or we might have in common. I'm assuming the same would go for men as well.

  39. "Met a nice guy at work" poster.... Ya, that usually ends badly. I hope yours won't.

    I met my Huband on match, actually. What was silly about it (at least 10 years ago) is that they match you on these meaningless criteria:

    What? You like Thai food too? Let's get married! Like it matters if you like Italian food and he likes Indian cuisine. They ask important questions like your favorite color. I will only marry a Blue-Lover. No Greens need apply!

    After weeding through many dorks, players, liars, I did meet my Husband. All it does is increase the playing field. No one is going to come to your door and knock on your bungalow, condo or teepee.

    The days of bumping into someone at CVS, for you East Coasters, or Ralph's Market for you West Coasters, are pretty much over. Everyone works, like, 10 million hours a week. Throw a net out and someone will meet your "love criteria."

  40. I was married before the dating sites became popular, but I watched a friend of mine peruse one of the sites (funny, it was "plenty of fish") and thought, "So glad I met my husband the old-fashioned way, at a bar!" ;)
    The one thing I've noticed about the generation in full dating swing now, though friends on FB and the like, is the "posing" in pictures. No smiling and throwing their arms around each other, but they have to aim for a Metromix setting.
    For a good laugh, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJxxvsXzPT4
    on youtube, or just type in the youtube search, "Hundreds of pictures, one pose, WTf?" ... there are tons of photos of this girl who makes the same kissy face and does the same pose in every picture. Hilarious! She looks like a pretty girl, so unless she's got really bad teeth, a simple smile would be so much nicer!

  41. Hi DP, hope you and yours are safe from the fires around Austin. Take care.

  42. DP - Congrats on your 100th post! Every time I read your blog you make me smile. I hope you find your "Emily" or "Diane", because I think you would BOTH be lucky! Jenny in Nebraska