2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on the best ways to meet people to date — but you may also want to check out our more recent discussions on love, including dating advice for career-driven women.
We’ve talked about dating a bit on this site — how to squeeze dating into your busy schedule, how to date someone who’s extremely busy, and how to date someone who is far less busy than you. But it’s been a long time (4 years!) since we talked about the actual mechanics of dating, and I thought now might be a great time to do it. So for today’s open thread:
– which are your favorite online dating sites? (OK Cupid? How About We? eHarmony? Chemistry? Match?) Has anyone had any luck with specialized dating sites, such as Right Stuff Dating or Good Genes (for grads of top schools)?
– how many sites do you use at any given time?
– what are your tips on writing a great profile?
– what other venues do you use to find dates – e.g., memberships at museums, running clubs, church functions, other matchmaking groups, etc… ?
(Current image (coffee and heart) via Stencil. Original post image (2012): Two of Hearts, originally uploaded to Flickr by Scott5114.) It’s been a while since I was out there… but I’ve written before about how I took dating quite seriously for about 16 months (meeting my husband around month 19). At one point I was using six different dating sites (mostly trying to figure out which one fit me best), and a girlfriend and I would check in with each other every week to “report” in on how our “project” was going. As luck would have it I met my husband at a friend’s party at a bar (IRL! who knew?) but I don’t regret my time on any of those dating sites, since I really felt like dating that much helped me recognize something great when I finally had it. I’ve also written before about my favorite dating books, but if anyone has any other favorites, please shout ’em out in today’s comments!
So let’s hear it, ladies — which are your favorite ways to meet people to date? Online sites? IRL? Membership organizations or matchmakers? Do tell…