Stuff about Minneapolis: The Great Minnesota... →
stuffaboutminneapolis: First off, I know this post has a ton of words in it, but that’s just how it has to be. This is a current list of Minnesota organizations that have a Tumblr, follow them if it strikes your interest. Secondly, if your name is on this list, TAG YOUR POSTS WITH LOCAL KEYWORDS. Folks, I’ve said this…
messagesfrommatch: Hey how r u doin 2day?? U r so beautiful!! Whts ur name?? Well my name is amenra bt u cn call me breeze! I jus moved dwn here 2 tucson frm chicago lookin 2 meet new friends or tht special woman jus 4 me! So whn u get dis hit me bck upcuz I really like 2 get 2 knw u better beautiful Filed Under: Can I buy a vowel? I know this guy. He lives in my town. He dresses solely...
OkCupid: What Kinds of Photos Get Responses?
Our hilarious and intelligent friends at OkCupid have been doing a little research on profile photos. Specifically, what works and what doesn’t. You’ll probably be as surprised as they were (and I am) at the kinds of things that online singles nibble on (pun intended, I guess). Apparently if you’re a man who has nice abs, you ought to show ‘em off. If you’re a chick, “MySpace” the eff out of...
Have Photoshop, Will Travel
In addition to “having fun” and “hanging out with friends,” a lot of online daters “enjoy traveling” and want to find that special someone to tag along. Are you looking for a travel partner too? Here are a few singles who might take you on a one way trip to Sexyville. “Looking for the man to earn the black belt of my heart. Let me magically whisk you away to Japan….. Japan, Iowa.” “Join...
What's Wrong with this Photo?
I’m not sure what’s more disturbing: this man’s profile photo… … or the fact that we’re apparently an 87 percent match. The photo is real. Right? Or is it Photoshop job? Either way, it’s shocking, disturbing… yet totally compelling. But wait! There’s more! If you were to click here, you may or may not end up at this man’s profile. And if you peruse that page, you may or may not notice that...
She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy
My friend Liz is endlessly disenchanted by the Midwestern man’s profile photo. Why do you ask? Because it seems a large majority of them aren’t looking for a girlfriend, they’re lookin’ fer a huntin’ buddy. Exhibit A: Okay, I am so fine with hunting. If you want to go out and get yourself a buck or a turkey, I am fine with that. But do I need to see a photo of you with a dead bear carcass,...
Stop in the Name of Love. No Really. Please Stop.
Even been in a situation where you walk away convinced, I mean 100 percent certain, that the person you just spoke to is from another planet? Or is likely missing a good portion of their brain? Of course you have, and if you’ve ever online dated, this situation happens all the time. Without further ado, one of my all-time favorite “are you effing serious?!” online dating convos. Meet Marge....
You're too bipolar and stuff.
My friend Ian passed along this gem. It’s an OkCupid email sent to his friend Gina, who is apparently “too orange and stuff” to date for real, but might be cool enough to go out with sometime. From the top… Subject Line: I don’t like your picture Yeah I don’t like your picture. It’s too orange and stuff. You should change it to something else. You ...
[Blog Title Here]: Five Step Plan →
So easy, yet apparently so difficult! - D;)@M blogtitlehere: After perusing many of the blogs that I follow (women, no harm in that, I believe the odds should always be in my favor) I have come up with a fail safe plan to be the knight in shinning armor. Step one: sign up for any of the mentioned dating websites that my followers/women I follow are on. Step Two: Be a decent human being and an...
Class of '93
I’d love to say dating is all about personality. It is truly difficult to date someone whose personality you just don’t like, even if they look like Donald Draper or ScarJo. But the physical attraction factor needs to be there. As my friend Erica once so eloquently put it: “If no part of you wants to rip their clothes off, it’s never going to work out.” So I get wanting to pick a profile...
Would You Drink Milk After the Expiration Date?
My extremely funny friend, Mary, recently sent me this story about love, money, children, lies and eHarmony. After two years and 20-some odd first dates (begat by the laws of fate and happy hour) I decided this summer to take a proactive stance towards dating by signing up for eHarmony. One of the things that drew me to this particular site was it’s notoriety for participants seeking LONG...
Single Female Seeks Sex Offender
Here’s a unsettling tale from my friend Jordan’s father. This woman puts the “dumb” in dumb-dumb-da-dumb (think “here comes the bride…”). I’m married now (got married in 2006) but have an online dating story that I repeat with some consistency. At the insistence of a friend I joined Match.com, wrote the profile, posted it, and like magic a very nice looking woman reached out for me. After...
Mirror in the Bathroom
No, I’m not talking that amazing song from English Beat. I’m talking the unfortunate profile photo choice of many an online single: self-portrait in bathroom mirror (or sometimes a filthy bedroom). It makes you wonder a few key things… A) Do you not have any photos taken of you by other people? Like on a family vacation? Or a friend’s wedding? Bueller? Bueller? Frye? Frye? B) So maybe you do...
WTF Photo Round-up
Yeehaw! Are these awkward profile photos working? You be the judge. Little Johnny on his third grade field trip to the Art Institute of Awkward. Um… hand check! Surprise! It’s Chia-Date! Is that a picture of a picture, behind a very shiny pane of glass? This is a fake background, right? And again, where are adults getting photos like this taken of themselves? Celestial eladrin...
Hey hold it right there Missy! you have no right to be so pretty. Now that you...– Some guy who messaged me on Ok Cupid.
Y U Shud Prooph Reed
Nothin is more off-putting then some one who can’t formulate sentince, uses rong grammer or cant spell a simpul werd. I’ve received messages from guys, looked at their profile and have literally come to the conclusion that there might be a large percentage of cognitively-challenged individuals (read: politically correct for “retarded”) trying to meet people online. Now, this might be true....
Down-Low on the Go
It’s scientifically proven that people with profile photos are 110 percent more likely to get messaged, dated, kissed, whatever (okay, I made that stat up, but you get the point). If someone isn’t posting their pic, it’s a sign they’re A) embarrassed to be online dating B) a real woofer C) have something to hide. All three are big problems. My friend Michael did some investigatory journalism...
Let's Play Dress Up
Scrapbooking, tap dance, mountain climbing– we all got hobbies. Cool thing about online dating? Type in a few keywords and you’re magically hooked up with people into the same weird shit that you are. For example, if you’re into LARP (live action role-playing games where the participants dress like and physically act out their characters’ actions… obviously, I wikipediaed it), you could get...
Want to Date Me, Bitch?
Boy and girl meet online. Boys texts girl and asks if she’d like to meet up for a beer. She accepts… and then all hell breaks loose. Read the thread below, sent courtesy of my friend Rachael. Needless to say, they never ended up having that beer. - D;)@M “Chris” kept trying to convince me to come over to his house/go for a walk instead of meeting up somewhere in Uptown to...
Caught in a Bad Romance
I don’t know about you, but I love me some Gaga. Catchy tunes, crazy style (lit ciggy sunglasses, Diet Coke curlers, lobster hat/glasses combo… genius!) This chick and her team have done an insane job with branding. She’s rolling in the dough, making vids with Beyonce and probably is getting more disco stick than she can shake a disco stick at. Lady Gaga is a pop star. You, my dear online...
Woman with Huge Rack Seeks Husband
I get it, ladies. Your biological clock is a tick-tockin’. You feel you deserve love, preferably from a respectable, honest gentleman. You’re ready to settle down, make someone happy, have babies and live happily ever after. These are all great and wonderful things, and I say if you’re truly looking for that someone special, no harm in saying so in your online profile (just don’t make it...
How to NOT be Charming
You stumble upon an attractive photo. You click on it. The profile makes you chuckle, and you just may be smitten. You sit down to write your future luvah a message. One of the most stressful aspects of online dating is that initial email. You don’t know your audience. You want to be clever, but it takes so long to piece together a witty, engaging note. There is no method that will get your...
This $hit is Banana Hammocks
When creating your online profile, your photo choice is of the utmost importance. Things you should aim to accomplish with said photo include, but are not limited to: 1. Showing potential mates what your face looks like (a current shot, not from a few years ago when you had a tan/weighed 20 pounds less) 2. A clothed (yes, that means wearing both a shirt and pants. A dress is acceptable if...
Penguins and Steak
This site spawned from an email I sent to a few girl friends in October 2009. I’d signed up for OkCupid (great cause it’s free… terrible because it’s free and any yahoo can– and does– sign up), and I was completely baffled at the kinds of emails I received daily from online admirers. Here are the best nuggets from a 10 day period. You will see three reoccurring subjects: penguins, olives and...
gradmom asked: Hi dontwinkatme :) No question here, I just think we have similar issues! You should check out my post on dating site profile pics (http://pofadventures.tumblr.com/post/1132288172/what-was-seen-cannot-be-unseen) and I have some others with the stupid emails they send ;) Apparently great minds think alike. I'm looking forward to reading more of your stories!!! Sorry for the shameless...