Going online is a great way to reach out to so many interesting people. The biggest advantage of signing up for online dating services is that you can choose someone you like from a multitude of potential candidates and that too, from the comfort of your home. But first you need to attract the right candidates and for this having a dating profile that stands out from the rest is a must. Here are a few creative ways to describe yourself in your internet dating profile.
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Begin with the profile header
This is the first bit about yourself on your dating profile that potential candidates will come across. So make sure that your profile header is witty and attractive. A few examples are “Just like a new job, I offer excellent benefits”, “New girl on the block needs a tour guide” “Any good e-males out there”. You may make it as humorous or philosophical as you want but just be sure that it is clever and catchy.
Make it witty
Dating profiles that are fun to go through are bound to elicit a higher number of responses that those that are ponderous and self-congratulatory. This does not mean that you should include bawdy humor or dirty jokes while describing yourself. Just keep it witty and add a dose of light humor so that potential candidates can see you for the smart and fun-loving person that you are.
Highlight the unique
Most dating profiles come across as lackluster and boring because they are a mish mash of the typical and non-informative. Rather than describing yourself in generic terms as “fun-loving”, “adventurous”, “fond of dining out”, use phrases that detail your interests in expressive terms. For instance instead of the tame “adventurous”, you could say that you a person “who loves to feel the surf against your face when sailing out in the open seas” or to describe yourself as a gourmet you could write that you are“transported by the vibrant colors as well as the aroma of herbs and spices in Indian cuisine”.
Stick to the right length
Avoid long-winded descriptions of yourself if you want to get noticed. Elaborate accounts of your high school triumphs, college achievements and current successes are not only boring but may even make you come across as vain and pompous. At the same time creating too short a profile may make it appear incomplete. You need to tell enough to give a fair idea of yourself to a potential date.
Don’t tell all
Seasoned mistresses will tell you that the secret to a thrilling affair is to always keep back a little bit so that your lover returns for more. Use the same principle when describing yourself in your online dating profile. Reveal your qualities but only so much as to tantalize the readers into wanting to know more about you. Very soon you will be flooded with responses to meet for a date.
Be clear about your expectations
Your dating profile is not just about getting responses. It is about getting the kind of responses you want. To make your dating profile effective as well as creative, make sure that you leave no ambiguity regarding your expectations in a partner. Specify the age group, occupation, physical characteristics, sexual orientation and other criteria to which you would like your partner to belong. Don’t be vague on qualities you are looking for, like somebody who is ‘interesting’, ‘caring’, responsible’. It is doubtful whether anybody would be honest enough to own up to be boring, unfeeling and irresponsible and move on. Rather be specific about the qualities you are looking for like someone who has gone to college, who has travelled widely or one who has had a music album published. Write your profile in a manner that would filter out the unwanted without sounding offensive. For instance instead of writing, “I am looking for a smart, young man who is fun to be with”, you could say “ if you are a single guy between 24 and 29 who loves modern poetry and can offer stimulating conversation, then we may be a match”. In this sentence you have effectively filtered out those not belonging to a particular age group and educational background.
Look your best
Your internet profile photo is an essential part of your self-description so make sure that you look your best. Don’t upload any old photo that you may have from last year’s stag party but take out time to get photo a clicked where you look neat and your face can be clearly seen. Avoid webcam pictures or video shots which look grainy or out of focus. Your photo will not only create the first impression but maybe your best opportunity to present yourself as an attractive date. However, keep the glamour shots for modeling profiles because if your online date eventually meets you and discovers how you really look, you may be in for some difficult times.
In order to come up with a truly creative dating profile, refresh your header message and main photo from time to time. This will keep your dating profile interesting for long periods and reach out to more people who do regular searches.
Analyze popular profiles
If you want to find still more creative ways of describing yourself, go through online dating profile that you like best. See what they tell about a person and how they do it. Consider what makes such profiles stand out and the kind of people whom they appear to be address. You need not copy the profile headers but maybe you could be inspired to do something different with your own descriptions or header messages.
Writing a unique dating profile is not really that hard when you get down to it. Be creative while describing yourself but make sure that what you say is true. Also, take time out to compose your profile instead of typing it out at a traffic light. Finally don’t give away personal or contact information without ensuring your real and virtual security.