Here are three tips for writing a stellar dating profile:
Step 1: Be Specific
Great profiles include details that appeal to the five senses and connect to matches emotionally.
Step 2: Be Positive
Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Your dating profile is the first impression that the future love-of-your-life will see. Highlight the things that make you sweet, kind, and adorable, and let those pesky flaw reveal themselves around date five or six (after you've accrued some positive feelings).
Step 3: Be Unique
No one sets out to meet someone average or ordinary, they set out to meet someone special. Your job is to highlight what makes you a great catch.
Here are examples of the three tips in action:
Step 1: Be Specific
DELETE: I like to cook.
REPLACE WITH: Whipping up blueberry pancakes and cheesy omelets with fresh squeezed orange juice is the best way to start a Sunday morning.
Step 2: Be positive
DELETE: My friends joke that I’m a nomad because I’m never in one place very long. I travel a lot for work, and when I’m not working, I travel for pleasure. That’s been a problem in the past, because my exes felt like I was never around. I need someone who will understand my need for independence, and let me do my own thing.
REPLACE WITH: Have you ever seen a girl at the airport carrying a half dozen Guatemalan bags, a mug full of matte, and a big smile on her face? That’s me. The customs officers have trouble finding a blank page to stamp in my passport. I love seeing places off the beaten path, experiencing other cultures, and learning new skills like how to ride a motorbike, dive off a waterfall, or cook with rich local spices. Most recently, I volunteered in Kenya, and backpacked through Prague. But as much as I like to move around, I would love to come home to the right guy.
Step 3: Be unique
DELETE: I’m your average nice guy. I like to joke around and I’m often sarcastic. I’m always trying new things, and have more hobbies than I know what to do with. I haven’t always lived in Cleveland, but I can imagine staying here a while.
REPLACE WITH: I enjoy trying new things from building furniture, to dining at new restaurants on E. 4th St. My great passion is film, I love everything from big blockbusters to foreign and independent cinema. I grew up in Michigan and found my way to Cleveland to study engineering, where I completed my bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After eight years, it finally feels like home. I’m really involved in the community here, and volunteering at the bike co-op is a regular thing for me. I’m looking to meet someone who shares some of my interests and will challenge me to develop new ones.