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Tips for Your Online Dating Profile

online dating girl (free clip art)

online dating girl (free clip art)

Dating today is nowhere near the same as it was decades ago. Today, instead of likely meeting someone while at school, work, or through friends, many people are taking their dating lives to the Internet. The popularity of online dating websites like and, as well as the popularity of dating apps like Tinder, has grown tremendously over the years. In fact, more than 41,000,000 people have tried online dating.

When you use online dating, you’re asked to create an online dating profile. This profile is what other users will look at to determine if they want to meet you. Usually, communication is started between you and a prospect to determine if you have anything in common that warrants a real date, and real dates are set forth from there if desired.

online dating boy (free clip art)

online dating boy (free clip art)

Since your Internet dating success rate is based mostly on your profile, you’ll want to ensure you create one that makes you attractive to potential suitors. Here are some tips to help you create the best online dating profile.

Talk about yourself.

Although this may seem obvious, many people use their online dating profile to discuss the person they want to meet instead of themselves, and this is a big no-no. If you want someone to be interested in you, it’s important to talk about you. It is okay to mention what you’re looking for, but be sure the majority of your profile discusses you instead of what you want.

Be positive.

music (free clip art)

music (free clip art)

Most online profiles will ask you to list likes and dislikes, and if your dislikes far outnumber your likes, you may turn off potential suitors. Being too negative can have a negative impact on your love life. After all, if your entire profile is one big complaint, nobody will want to meet you in real life and listen to Negative Nancy all night long.

Instead, be positive. Talk about what you love to do and what you like to do. If there is something you don’t like, try turning into a positive. For example, if you hate a certain genre of music, talk about the type of music that you do like instead. This will be much more attractive.

Look your best, but in a real way.

Because most people make snap judgments based on the picture they see, it’s important that you put a decent profile picture on your profile to make you attractive to suitors. However, it’s also important that you don’t lie. For example, if you’re 40, putting a picture of yourself from when you were 21 is not a good idea. The individual who wants to meet you for a date will be very disappointed when you don’t look like your picture.

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selfie (free clip art)

Take a real picture of yourself and put it on your profile. Do your best to make yourself attractive, such as by doing your hair, wearing makeup, and smiling. (Hint: This would be a good time to visit the dentist to give you the best smile, such as through teeth whitening or dental implants.) By using an attractive yet realistic picture of yourself, you’ll be more likely to impress the individual you date in person.

Stinky shrimp

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fried shrimp (free clip art)

A couple of nights ago my mother brought home some leftover fried shrimp from the dinner she had eaten out. She said she thought I might enjoy it. I asked her to put it in the refrigerator and I would eat it the next day for lunch. Well, the next day I wasn’t home for lunch time, but I WAS home alone for supper, so I went ahead and took the leftovers out of the refrigerator and put them in the microwave oven. The leftovers had come in a cardboard box, and I thought it would would be perfectly safe to microwave them.

Well, I obviously nuked them for too long – they were as hard as rocks. And the leftover french fries were hard too. Hating to throw food away, I decided to try to eat them anyway. I managed to get the shrimp down, by soaking them in cocktail sauce, but no amount of ketchup or sauce was going to rescue those french fries! I think that in the future if someone brings home some leftover fried shrimp I’ll wrap them in a damp paper towel before nuking them. And give them less time in the microwave too.

On top of that I have had to deal with stinky odor that settled deep into the microwave oven. I’m pressed for time so I grabbed a bottle of apple cider vinegar and poured some into a bowl, put it into the microwave and set it for 60 seconds. I’m hoping that the vinegar will take the odor out without me having to wipe the whole thing down. I KNOW that it didn’t spatter all over the oven; it was in a box for goodness sake!

The Turkey Rap Video

With the hunting season getting ready to start my sister who is into the whole hunting scene these past couple of years, sent me this video in an email, and it was too funny not share here today on my blog. It’s called the Turkey Rap and you can find it on I hope you think it is funny and maybe pass it along to others that might get a laugh as well.

Funny stunts on YouTube

One of the things that I enjoy about YouTube is that some people upload videos of themselves playing harmless little stunts or pranks. No one seems to be terribly embarrassed by the stunts – it seems to make everyone laugh. The creativity of the stunts is quite impressive – I used to think that my family was crazy, but these stunts make my family look tame in comparison!

Going out to eat

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Wait staff at restaurants

One thing that everybody in my family loves to do is to go out to eat. The challenge is that we don’t always agree on where to go. My son likes Chinese food or pizza while my hubby prefers steak. It’s always hard to find a place that will please everyone. If we are going out to eat to celebrate someone’s birthday we will let the guest of honor choose what type of food to eat. After all, it IS that person’s birthday! Sometimes we will celebrate something else, like a promotion at work, or a new job, or someone’s good news of some kind. Again, there is usually a guest of honor and we let that person pick the restaurant.

If we are just going out to eat because we “feel like it” we figure out who is paying for the meal, and THAT person picks the place! We live too far out in the country to be able to call for some kind of delivery (that’s the only thing I dislike about living out here!) but occasionally one of us will volunteer to go pick up pizza or Chinese food in town to bring back with them for us to eat. We have a couple of large insulated bags we use to put the food in at the restaurant to help keep the food hot on the way home.