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National and Regional MatchMaker sites
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Finding that special someone has never been more rewarding. The Internet provides HUNDREDS of sites that can help you find your soulmate.
How I did it:
I'd heard about the Internet romance sites, and being an open-minded person, I decided to check them out.
Many of the romance personals allow space for a photograph. Believe me, it makes all the difference in the world. Not too photogenic? Not to worry! Places like Glamour Shots can make a silk purse from a sow's ear! Just look what they did for me!!
If you're nervous about placing an ad, you can always browse through the ads placed by "Men Looking for Women". If you see someone interesting, just drop them an email of introduction. I was surprised at how easy it was AND how many positive responses I received. In case you're wondering, my ad was titled "Flyfishermen. . .make me laugh!" It's the headline that caught my husband's attention.
The most important rule I followed was "slow and easy". . .learn all you can about a person before getting personal." I always directed interesting prospects to my favorite MatchMaker site where Step 2 began. A prospect could read my profile for more information. In order to do so, they would have to fill out a profile also. This gives you an opportunity to learn more about them before making further contact (by e-mail).
Admission to these sites is usually free for a trial period (two weeks to 30 days). Afterwards, you pay a monthly membership which averages about $10. I feel the money is well spent. The site provides you with your own mailbox. It's a relatively secure way to correspond and have control over the information your prospect receives.
To take advantage of the MatchMaker sites, you must register. Most of these sites ask you to fill out an exhaustive questionnaire about yourself. It can be a little intimidating, but just put your modesty in your hip pocket and fill out the form. Once you're finished, you'll have access to the profiles of hundreds of other people in search of that perfect "someone". Mr. or Ms. Right could be as close as your monitor!
You can also include your photograph in your profile. Believe me, a photo can increase your potential tremendously.
For safety purposes, I tried to include a cooperative third party in the initial meeting. Usually, it would be for a cup of coffee at a very public place. If all went well, we'd graduate to a lunch date "one-on-one." I found it advantageous to set a time limit to the date. This allowed for a graceful exit if the date turned sour.
I can't emphasize enough how important it is to follow the "slow and easy" strategy. It's a cruel world out there, and your caution can eliminate a lot of embarrassment and frustration. . .not to mention plain old danger.