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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.

All fluff and no stuff

Earlier today I had to stop in at Food Lion to pick up a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread. Whenever I go into a grocery store to pick up a few things I take a quick look around to see if there are any fantastic special deals that I can take advantage of while I’m there. I’m always looking for ways to stretch the food dollar, and if I’m already in the store and see a bargain, well, so much the better!

After I picked up the milk I had to walk through the bakery department to get to the cash registers. I think that someone very evil designed that floor plan – it is so hard to resist all of those yummy looking treats! Well, I bought a package of fresh baked turnovers and brought them home. They were on sale, but the “best buy” date was several days away.

I have to say that the turnovers looked fantastic, but when I took a bite it wasn’t long before I realized that there was just the tiniest hint of any filling in the turnovers at all! That was quite disappointing, and the next time I go to Food Lion I am going to complain to the manager that their fruit turnovers were all fluff and no stuff.

Belly button rings

When my niece was living with me in 2002, she was asking me every day to let her do something radical to her appearance. One day she was telling me that she wanted to pierce her tongue (I said no) and the next day she wanted to shave her head. I actually said “yes” to that, but she didn’t do it. I think she was just testing me on that one. I kept telling her that I had promised her parents that while she was in my care that I would not let her get any body piercings or any tattoos. If they wanted to let her decorate her body in that fashion then they could take her to the piercing salon and tattoo parlor herself.

The requests did not stop, however. At least once a week she would ask me if she could get her tongue pierced, or her naval pierced. Or even her nose a couple of times. For a while I stated just saying “no you can’t pierce anything or tattoo anything” before I even said “Hi!” So it was with much glee and satisfaction when she went back to live with her parents at the end of the school year that she got her naval and tongue pierced AND got a couple of tattoos as well! I think she thought that I’d be angry with her about it, but I didn’t care at all. In fact I was more than happy to give her a couple of pretty belly button rings for Christmas that next holiday season!

Just walk out

Have you ever gotten so tired of being interrupted by people that you just walk out of the room? For the past six years I have tried very hard to be polite and not interrupt people. I can remember about five years ago I was hosting a family party at my house and there was a short lull in my hostess duties so I tried to join the conversation between my mother any my son. I don’t remember what the conversation was about, but what I DO remember is that when I tried to jump into the conversation my mother snapped at me “you have a very rude habit of interrupting people!”

Ever since then I have tried SO HARD to not interrupt people. There have been so many times that I have wanted to join into a conversation and never got the chance to join it because I didn’t want to be rude and interrupt. And yet people are often interrupting me! So much so that I have come to the conclusion that no one wants to hear what I have to say anyway! Maybe that’s why I’ve become interested in blogging – people can’t interrupt me quite so much!

The last couple of times that I’ve had family parties when I got the chance to say something, to participate in a conversation I’ve been interrupted every single time after only getting one or two words out. So now after a couple of attempts I just leave the room and go do something productive. Like the dishes. Or blogging.

Soar with Better Television Viewing

Soar with Better Television Viewing

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As a parent, are you finding yourself trying to endlessly come up with ways to entertain your child or children?

If the answer to that question is yes, there are a number of options available to you, one of which is a better television viewing experience.

Face it; some parents just literally throw their children in front of the television, hoping that it somehow magically entertains their little ones for hours at a time. Unfortunately, the reality all too often is that kids will soon become disinterested in whatever the tube is showing them.

With that in mind, how can you provide a better television viewing experience for your little one or ones, keeping them happy and you sane?

Satellite Packages Deliver Results

As more Americans are discovering, satellite television is oftentimes the better option to select versus its cable alternatives.

According to a 2013 Nielsen report, more than 90 percent of households’ nationwide pay for their television needs. Given that fact, does it make sense to opt for a satellite provider and get more for what you pay for?

Satellite TV offers its viewers myriad of viewing options, including the latest in top hit shows, movies, sports, educational and history programming and much more.

As a parent, just throwing your children in front of the television to occupy their time should never be your top goal. The best result is when you get your children to watch television where they not only enjoy it, but also learn something in the process. Heck, better yet, sit down and watch it with them whenever possible.

With the right satellite provider coming into your living room, you and your children can enjoy a plethora of programming that is educational and family-friendly.

While many kids will find cartoons to their liking, there are also educational programming options via satellite television that can help them learn and grow right before your eyes.

You can find shows that educate kids on how to grow as individuals, how to get along with other children their age, and how to work together in a family unit.

Click on the Right Satellite Provider

In order to find the best satellite television provider for your family, do some research.

Ask family and friends which company they went with. Visit the websites of the different providers to see what programming they offer, pricing information, and get a feel for their customer service approach.

Parents can also turn to social media, viewing comments from other viewers on sites like Facebook and Twitter. If viewers are complaining or complimenting a specific satellite provider, that is good knowledge for you to have.

Being a parent in 2014 encompasses a number of responsibilities.

Finding the right home viewing entertainment for your children may not be your top responsibility, but it certainly does not hurt when you click on the right satellite provider.