As you know I have done more than my fair share of internet dating. So much so I have a dating section on here with my online dating site recommendations and what to and not to do’s. This is all very well but you are probably wanting some proof that all this online dating stuff actually works. This week I caught up with Claire who recently got in touch to tell me about her recent online dating experience. Claire very kindly sat still long enough for me to ask her some questions.
Q – Have you tried online dating before?
A – Yes. I had tried online dating several times in the past with other sites, with very limited success. I always thought it would be so easy – add details, search a bit, and my perfect man would appear, ready and willing to be the love of my life. It’s obviously not that simple and as the time went by, I became more disillusioned.
Q – What made you try it this time?
A – I’d not been a relationship for a couple of years, and had got my life sorted out where I was reasonably happy. I felt the time was right to start dating again. I lived in a fairly rural place, where potential partners where thin on the ground. So, I got back to the internet and looked around for dating sites once again. It’s always exciting at first, but this time I was more realistic of my chances. After a while of ‘shopping around’, I found ‘Only Dating’. I think what made me choose it over the more leading names, was the fact that it wasn’t as commercial as the others. I liked the fact that it was more personal. I decided to go for ‘year long’ full membership, but there were options of shorter membership, if required. I just thought I would give myself the best chance possible this time. I loved the fact that I could actually post a ‘Dating Diary’ of how my dating search was going. I also enjoyed reading others. A great insight into a person’s true character, in my opinion.
Q – Was the Only Dating site easy to use?
A – It was very easy to use. Straightforward, with good security and helpful hints in case I got stuck. If I had a problem, I could contact the friendly staff who would help as quickly as possible. It was also easy to keep my anonymity and privacy, which was a big plus.
Q – How many dates did you go on from the site?
A – I must admit to being very fussy when it came to finally going on dates, so not as many as you would imagine. But this was my choice – not anything lacking with the site. I think I got 3 nice ‘first’ dates and possibly a couple of ‘second’ dates, but those didn’t come to much. As I say, I’m way too fussy!
Q – Did you meet any one special?
A – I did actually! No one is more surprised than myself! It was getting near the end of my subscription with ‘Only Dating’ and I was really starting to give up hope of finding anyone suitable. Completely out of the blue one day, after having no messages for almost a week, he appeared in my inbox. I know that doesn’t happen like that for everyone, but it did for me. We got chatting via email and realised we had so much in common. We met after a few weeks of online chatting and we hit it off right away. We decided to stay just friends for a few months and take things really slowly. I’m so glad we did. We got to know each other properly before going into the very special relationship we have now.
Q – So can we say this is a ‘Happy Ending’ ?
A – Oh yes, I would say so. We are both seeing this relationship as long term. We couldn’t be any more happy.
Q – Lastly what one piece of advice would you give to anyone thinking about trying OnlyDating?
A – I’d advise those looking for a partner to join ‘OnlyDating’. Obviously I would say that as it worked for me and yes there are no guarantees, but why not give yourself the best chance possible. One thing I would always advise is once joined, keep positive. It’s not going to happen over night, but enjoy the wait. It could be the lead up to something life changing. Good luck!
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