Twelve years ago, I took a chance and wrote a personal ad. My finished product reflected my attitude at the time—a combination of "you have to play to win" and "hey, why not? She lived 90 miles away, and they had no friends in common.In 2005, three years after losing his wife of 46 years to colon cancer, the retired petroleum geologist had relocated from Houston to the East Texas Piney Woods, on Sam Houston Electric Cooperative lines, where he built a house from plans he found on the Internet. Try an ad that consists entirely of your favorite movie dialogue or a list of beloved fictional characters. My ad requested a man "financially stable, kinda handsome, who can slow dance, make me laugh, read between the lines." Cast a wide net and edit out the responses. Pig breeder Wendy is a mum of four and country girl at heart.
Instead of saying you're funny or well educated or caring, demonstrate that.
says it has 15 million subscribers, and neck-and-neck rival e Harmony ( claims to have more than 20 million registered users.
Most of these folks reside in cities and suburbs, but a growing number live in small towns or on farms and ranches.
Although starting a conversation may be a challenge (“Do you come here often? He may drive 100 miles each way to a restaurant; and three times out of four, that first meeting is the last. “I’ve met all kinds of interesting people,” he says.
“I’ve learned that everyone is entirely different, but I do think that what people put in their profiles is what they really want.” His longest Internet-sparked relationship lasted several years but ended because the woman wanted to get married and he didn’t—a preference he’d made clear on his posted profile.