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Online Dating - A New Year, A Fresh Start

Jim Mcmenamin

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The start of the New Year is always a time for optimism. It's the time of year when people make their New Year's Resolution and decide to make changes in their life for the better.

Many singles have decided enough is enough, and that they're tired of continually dating people that just aren't what they're looking for. They've exhausted most of the traditional avenues and they're wondering where they can find other singles who share the same interests.

Online dating services provide singles with the opportunity to meet other singles who share similar interests. When you sign up with an online dating service, you traditionally answer a personality questionnaire. These are done so the service can try to match like-minded individuals with one another.

If you've made the decision to begin using an online dating service, I recommend that you take a step back and take some time to evaluate what you're really looking for. Are you looking for your soul mate, or are you just looking for Mr. Right Now? Right it down so you know exactly what you're goal is.

The next step is to sign up for a free service and take a look at the various online profiles. Don't do anything except browse around and look at all the different profiles.

Take note of the profiles that interest you and figure out what it is about them that make you want to click on them. In most cases, it's not the picture that draws you in, but what the author actually wrote in their profile that perks your interest.

Once you've completed that step, grab a piece of paper and start to write out your profile. Don't rush this process, it will be the most important step you will do in your online dating career.

If you remember only one thing, make sure that you are completely honest when you write your profile. If you are looking for that perfect match, how can you expect to find them if you are completely honest about yourself? People will read your profile and decide if they are interested in you based on what they read.

Once you've completed this process and you've put together an online profile that is truly representative of whom you are, now you're ready to start the process. If you're not really sure what to include in your profile, I've included a link below detailing the 10 Tips to Writing Your Online Profile.

One last note on this process, have fun with it! Life is too short not to enjoy what you're doing. You have embarked on this process to bring more happiness into your life. Make sure you take it seriously, but if you've followed all the proper steps, you should have plenty of other singles who will be really anxious to find out more about you.

Isn't that the change you were hoping for to start the New Year?

Jim McMenamin is the webmaster and creator of , a blog dedicated to the various issues of online dating. For a limited time, Jim is giving away two free eBooks, 10 Tips To Writing Your Online Dating Profile as well as 101 Steps To A Happy Relationship, when you sign up for his newsletter .


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