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Internet Dating Is Not Like Ordering a Pizza: How to Write an Internet Profile That Gets Results Paperback – September 30, 2008
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Cherie Burbach is a freelance writer specializing in lifestyle and relationships. She has published over 1,000 articles on the subjects of health, sports, lifestyle, and friendship. She's written for About.com, NBC/Universal, Match.com, and more. For more information, visit her website, cherieblogs.com.
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Cherie takes us through the steps to write a terrific profile with a positive approach. A few pointers mentioned are: Don't to talk about what you do. Your hoping to meet someone, not seeking a job. Don't say "I'm just your average Joe or gal". Folks want to know the real you so don't disqualify yourself.
Coffee dates are for when you want to meet that person finally face-to-face. It's the time you want to utilize to decide if you want to go on a real date. Cherie discusses a few rules you should know to hopefully make it a success. For example, public places are a must. The length of the meeting and how and who should pay is also a few topics touched on.
Safety, be yourself, and be positive are key elements in this helpful book. Cherie herself met her husband through internet dating. I've seen the results myself. A few good friends and members of my family have had success with internet dating. It works! There is that perfect someone out there for you and Cherie Burbach helps you utilize the online tools available to you to help you with your success. Internet Dating is not like Ordering a Pizza is very upbeat and easy to read. A great addition to your self-help section of your bookshelf. I'm already married and after reading this book, I felt good about myself. Imagine the possibilities for those single folks looking for their special someone using computer dating.
Burbach takes her readers through each specific component of an online profile, from the headline to the essay to the use of photos. She explains how each piece that you create tells part of your story and can either draw in a potential date or end any interest with a simple choice of words. Burbach provides a thorough list of the "don'ts" for each part of the profile in bulleted form that is easy for the reader to digest because, let's be honest, we first want to we are doing wrong so that we can fix it. For example, she reminds readers "Don't call yourself a hopeless romantic" and "Don't crop an ex-boyfriend out of the photo." Once the negative elements are successfully eliminated, Burbach also shares some great suggestions for text and photos to include that really highlight one's personality. She teaches her readers how to incorporate their hobbies, families, and careers into a profile in a natural way that does not make a profile come across as dry or self-serving. Burbach also understands that men and women who have been a part of the online dating scene for some time without success are pessimistic and wary of anyone who offers new advice. So, she incorporates a "Dear Ms. Dating Consultant" section into her chapters in which she imagines some of the questions that readers will have about her advice and addresses the concerns with understanding and the attitude of someone who has been there.
Cherie Burbach met her own husband through online dating and therefore provides a valuable perspective on the way to develop a successful approach. This is not only important when she is sharing advice concerning the creation of a profile, but also when it comes to the date itself. She warns her readers to meet in a public place, set a time limit on the encounter (which she recommends to be coffee, not dinner or drinks), and take any suspicious behavior seriously. She stresses repeatedly throughout the book that you do not really know a person with whom you have been communicating online. I appreciated her honest reminder that while you can meet some wonderful people (perhaps even your life partner!) through internet dating, people must always be aware of the participants whose intentions are less than innocent and genuine.
The book Internet Dating is Not Like Ordering a Pizza is a great read that provides concrete tips for online daters on every page. The writing is clever and Burbach obviously has a real sense of respect for those who are struggling with their efforts to find a special someone through their computer screens. I know that there are millions of people with profiles on the various sites that promise to find your perfect match, and all of them would benefit from having Burbach's book in their hands the next time they sit down in front of the keyboard.