Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Dating Profile Writing Tips - Part 1

Writing a dating profile is tougher than some people think... Well maybe not all people, but if you are having a hard time writing your profile, I will post some tips here to help you.

Tip #1 - Take Your Time and Take it Offline

So you've been waiting... and searching... and hoping to find "the one." I understand - once you decide to take the plunge into online dating, you don't want to wait any longer, right?

All I have to say about that is "patience grasshopper!" Your profile is your one and only chance to make that first impression. Think of it as your brand. Do you think Nike looked at that swoosh of theirs and said, "Fine. Whatever. Just put it on there." Hell NO! They had a think tank of creative types invent their whole branding message!

Unfortunately, you do not have that luxury but here's what you can do instead:

  1. Take it offline! Write your profile in a word document or hide your profile from the world until you're ready to unveil the masterpiece that is YOU!

  2. Sleep on it! Once you write your profile, walk away from it for a day or two. Then, go back and look at it with "fresh eyes." That way, not only will you catch any dreaded spelling or grammar errors, but you may also come up with a catchier or wittier way to say something.

  3. Incubate! Your subconscious is your greatest asset! Once you've written something, you may think it's "out of your system" but what's really happening is that you've just moved the topic from your conscious to your sub-conscious... and that's when the magic happens! As you continue in your daily routine, your sub-conscious is still gnawing away at the work you've done and the next time you open that profile, chances are you automatically will see a better, more clever way of saying something! It's true!

  4. Share it with a friend. Find a close friend you trust (or family member!) and ask for his/her opinion. You real friends will never steer you wrong. They want what's best for you and they also may be able to help you say what you want to say. Sometimes it hard to talk yourself up but that's something that comes very easy to a good friend. Plus, they'll tell you if something in your profile might be taken the wrong way.
    Example: "Dude, I know that you love to hunt for worms and go fishing, but do you really think it's wise to put 'loves to creep around front lawns at night with a flashlight' in your profile?!?"

  5. If you're really stuck, hire a professional... like me! I will be offering my professional writing services for a modest fee but until I get that set up, feel free to comment on this blog with a line from your profile that's bugging you most and I'll try to suggest something better for FREE!

Once you feel good (or even just better) about what you've written, that's the time for you to put it out there for the world to see.

...And if you ~really~ can't wait, why not hone your profile on a "free" dating site like Yahoo! Personals 7 Day FREE Trial offer
to "test the waters" with... so to speak. That way, you can tweak your profile and test out a service at the same time!

Good luck and go get 'em tiger! ;)
Stay tuned for more profile writing tips!

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