Two rules to keep you cool as you begin writing your online profile.
Rule #1. Your dating profile – keep it simple
Whether you are on your virgin voyage – writing your first Match.com dating profile – or re-writing it for the tenth time, remember: Don’t tell all. Leave something up to the reader’s imagination. Coy and cute are far superior to cold, hard facts linked together like a shopping list. You may be very proud of your cool car, hot career, cats, kids, kayaking prowess, stamp collecting or church choir debut. Merely listing these attributes or accomplishments is dull times three.
And, yes, it’s great your kid just graduated from an Ivy League school – however, all that bragging about your offspring (a la Pimp My Kid) might just as well be mentioned later. Every day, there is a new parade of hopeful romantics who sign up for Match, JDate, and Perfect Match and Plenty of Fish – your goal: grab attention, quietly and quickly.
#2. Don’t try this at home
Remember: quirky isn’t cute; it’s been done and it’s a bore.The 2001 photograph of you dressed as a French maid or peeking over a fan may garner the wrong kind of attention. And, writing your profile – from your dog’s point of view – may have been funny for that sixth-grade assignment, but not at this juncture.
Have an urge to brag about your myriad accomplishments – medals, trophies, clubs? Hold off on that.
Blasting and attacking your ex – delete immediately. Pimp your kids? Please don't post photos and news of your kid’s accomplishments – skip it. We don't care. Yet.
It’s all about you
Check out the competition.Take the time to look at what other people your age are writing… some will inspire, others will bore, some may spark your attention. It’s called ‘comparitive shopping’ and it works. Take the time to write a thoughtful, succinct profile.
And, bravo for you – and have fun as you navigate the waters of the dating pool. Have the time of your life.