Guest post, submitted by a WLL reader: Jackie Falon. Thanks, Jackie for your tips!
4 Ideas for Meeting a New Partner
By Jackie Falon
So you’ve been single for a while and have decided that the time has come to meet someone new. The question is, where do you start? It might seem confusing. Maybe even a little scary. I get it. The fact is: if you want this, you have to start somewhere. Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling for you. If these things don’t appeal to you, the old-fashioned way of waiting to meet someone organically on your job, in the store, or out with friends is always there, too.
- Use dating sites
If you’ve never used dating sites, this might be a little daunting. However, today, dating sites are one of the most common ways that couples meet. So it might be worth a try. The great thing about online dating is that you can learn a little about each potential suitor before arranging a date. More importantly, you can spend some time chatting online before you ever meet. Doing so is wise and will produce much better results than rushing out to meet the person you only know from a picture.
The most important thing about online dating is to ensure that you get your profile spot on. Your profile is what will be used to find you a good match, so it’s essential to be truthful about yourself. If you’re looking for a long-term relationship, don’t say you’re looking for fun, be honest and open and you’ll get better results. Keep all of your copy, profile pics, and other information up-to-date. In other words, don’t rely on a ten-year-old photo and older accomplishments to impress your potential dates. If things go well, he or she will eventually see the real you, as you are now. Being ashamed of your present looks or body and hiding the truth is not a good way to start off any relationship.
- Visit chat lines
When it comes to meeting new people, many of us don’t think of chat lines, but we should do. While, most of the time, chat lines are for fun more than long-term relationships, that’s not always the case. You could meet someone on a chat line, get to know each other and end up dating; it just depends on how willing you are to engage in many conversations to find someone compatible and trustworthy.
The best way to meet new people is to put yourself out there, and what better way to do that than by speaking to total strangers? To find out more about using chat lines to meet new people, visit chatlineguide.com and have a browse. It might be for you; it might not be, but surely it’s worth trying, right?
- Try speed dating
Speed dating might seem a little old fashioned, but it can actually be a lot of fun, not to mention an excellent way to meet new people. Think of speed dating as the traditional version of Tinder. If you don’t like someone you swipe left, if you do, you swipe right. It’s more a case of moving from table to table but you get the idea – speed dating is like Tinder, only without smartphones.
The most important thing when it comes to speed dating is to make sure that you choose an appropriate venue. If you want to meet people your own age and that are at a similar junction in life, you need to choose a venue that’s age appropriate. For instance, if you’re in your 30s or 40s and looking for true love, don’t go speed dating in a nightclub, as most of the people there won’t be looking for what you are.
- Go on a blind date
Why not ask a friend to set you up on a blind date? Obviously, blind dates can be nerve wracking but can also be a great way to meet a new partner. Plus, if your friend has set you up, chances are the person they’ve chosen will be decent, so there’s no need to panic.
The most important thing is to ensure that you and your blind date want the same things. Don’t agree to be set up with just anyone, ask for details beforehand. For instance, if you’re someone who works hard and likes the finer things in life, make sure your date has the same mindset. That’s why it’s important that the person who sets you up knows what you’re looking for.
Meeting new people for friendship, love, or for any reason can be tough and frustrating. But, with these kinds of choices for putting yourself out there, you just might be surprised at the results. Don’t pre-judge any new thing. Try it out for yourself. If you don’t get good results or find that it’s not for you, that’s OK, too. Be patient and be yourself. The right person will come into your life…usually at an unexpected time and place. Happy hunting, my friends!