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Online Dating Newsletter
Volume 1, Number 2 - June 23, 2004
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Table of Contents
1. From the Editor
2. Creative Date Idea: The Surprise Date
3. Online Dating Tip: Change Picture and Header Often
4. Relationship Tip: Listen for Clues
5. Relationship Quote of the Week
6. Inspirational Quote of the Week
7. Romantic Idea: Easter Eggs of Love
8. News: Golfing is Newest Online Dating Niche
9. Feature Link: 12 Keys to Better Online Dating Communication

From the Editor
Welcome to the second issue of the weekly Online Dating Newsletter. Every Wednesday, a new issue of the Online Dating Newsletter is emailed with the latest relationship and online dating tips, advice, and news. It is our goal to present ideas that will help build better relationships and concepts for improving your online dating experience.

When I first got into online dating several years ago, I met a gal (we'll call her "Ann") who had mastered the art of being genuinely thoughtful. I remember that early on in our relationship I was planning a long drive from California to Idaho to visit my aging grandmother. Ann knew I was doing the trip alone, so she set out to make the journey a fun one. How?

The day I left, Ann presented me with six wrapped gifts and a note of "instructions". She had invented a travel game where she calculated that during my trip I would have to fill up my gas tank six times. Each time I stopped at a gas station, I was to open one of the gifts she had given me. Each gift somehow related to our relationship and there was a self-addressed stamped postcard in each gift with a kind note and a question. At each stop I was to answer the question (about our relationship) she asked on the postcard and mail the postcard to her. For each question I got right, I got to keep the gift I was given.

This one thoughtful game made that road trip the best one I had ever had in my life. There was the continual anticipation of what would be next and my entire trip (all 16 hours there and 16 hours back) was spent thinking about her and what an amazing person she was.

Being thoughtful moves relationships to new levels and makes experiences unforgettable. It's something every couple should have the pleasure of experiencing.

Best wishes for dating and relationship success,


Joe Tracy, editor
Online Dating Newsletter

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Creative Date Idea: The Surprise Date
Most people love surprises and one of the ultimate surprises you can give your partner is a well-planned secret date. With a surprise date, your partner knows only the day and time the date will take place and no other details. To make the date one to be remembered, try to plan it around something your partner likes, but rarely gets to do. For example, perhaps the girl loves musicals, but hasn't been out to see one in years. A surprise date to a musical may fill her heart with notes of joy. Perhaps the guy loves thrills. A surprise trip to a thrill park (or extreme activity like sky diving) may be just the ticket.

When planning a surprise date, it is important not to give any clues whatsoever. The element of surprise is so much stronger when the person has no idea. The anticipation alone creates a lot of fun emotions for the person receiving the surprise.

Surprises during the surprise date are also nice. You may have a surprise note for each meal that tells the person something you like about them. The key is to keep the day fun and full of special moments that will make it forever memorable. (SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter - www.onlinedatingnewsletter.com)

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Online Dating Tip of the Week: Change Picture and Header Often
Rotating your picture and subject header are a good way to keep people looking at your online dating ad. Once a week, throw up a different picture as your main profile picture and change your header to a new creative message. By doing this, you are increasing your exposure and chances that someone will read your profile, even if it is a person who may have skipped your profile a week earlier.

Try to be creative or fun with your subject headers and keep from falling into clichés that other people use. To see some unique or fun subject headers, read some of Online Dating Magazine's Top 10 Lists. It should give you a creative start to creating new messages. (SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter - www.onlinedatingnewsletter.com)

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Relationship Tip of the Week: Listen for Clues
Knowing how to listen is a key ingredient to a successful relationship. Sometimes that's easier said than done. However, if you look at listening as a challenge to discover new ways of surprising the other person, you may find your power of perception reaching new heights. For example, I once went on a date with this girl and we talked about a variety of subjects. She told me that her favorite movie was The Piano and that she absolutely loved the music in it, but could never find the soundtrack. After the date, I went online and, sure enough, the soundtrack was out of print. But there were still many copies to be found online, so I purchased one, wrapped it up, and gave it to her as a gift. By listening carefully to everything your partner says, you can pick up vital clues as to new and thoughtful gestures you can introduce into the relationship to make it that much stronger. (SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter - www.onlinedatingnewsletter.com)

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Relationship Quote of the Week
"Many times in relationships that is all it would take to bring healing and reconciliation - just a word. It might be 'I love you' or 'I'm sorry.' Usually nothing eloquent or dramatic. The needed word at the right moment, expressed in love and understanding, can perform miracles." (SOURCE: Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak, by Robert E. Fisher - in bookstores everywhere)

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Inspirational Quote of the Week
"Belief in great results is the driving force, the power behind all great books, plays, scientific discoveries. Belief in success is behind every successful business, church, and political organization. Belief in success is the one basic, absolutely essential ingredient in successful people. Believe, really believe, you can succeed and you will." - (SOURCE: The Magic of Thinking Big, by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D - in bookstores everywhere)

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Romantic Idea of the Week: Easter Eggs of Love
Here's a great unique romantic gesture for you to use at Easter time. Every Easter, most general stores sell plastic colored eggs that you can open. There are usually 12 eggs in four different colors. Buy a set of these eggs and split them into their colors. Your goal will be to write small notes that go into each egg, with each color representing something different. So, for example, the red eggs may contain a note about something you love about your partner. The green eggs may contain notes about your favorite memories with your partner. The yellow eggs can contain things you appreciate about the relationship. Now hide all 12 eggs on Easter and have your partner go on an Easter egg hunt to find them. Your partner will be delighted with the surprise notes and thought you put into the gesture. - (SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter - www.onlinedatingnewsletter.com)

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News: Golfing is Newest Online Dating Niche
(June 23, 2004 - onlinedatingnewsletter.com) There are online dating services for vegetarians, Christians, pet lovers, graduates of certain colleges, and even online dating services only for people who smoke. But the niche dating sites continue to grow, and one of the newest services hitting the market is Golfmates.com, an online dating service dedicated to people who love golfing.

According to Golfmates.com:
"The philosophy behind Golfmates.com is simple: Golf is the perfect first date. Why? It's a sport men and women can enjoy playing together. The sport provides an instantaneous icebreaker-a common interest that two people can discuss. Golf is a relaxing, safe, outdoor activity that provides ample opportunities for socializing between shots. What is more, after nine or 18 holes, a round of golf comes to an end-if two people are not compatible, the end of the round is the end of the date."

Golfmates.com was officially launched last month.

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Feature Link: 12 Keys to Better Online Dating Communication
"If you are in the market to find true love online, there are several things you may want to know about improving the communication process. The following 12 tips below are designed to help you improve the communication you portray when building your profile, communicating via email, and meeting in person for the first time:

When Building Your Online Dating Profile
Key #1: Improve Your Matches by Being Clear on What You Want
The first step to improving the type of communication you receive from others is by clearly stating in your profile exactly what you want.

Let's take the example of Mary, a 25 year old female from Phoenix, Arizona. Mary's first profile was pretty generic, stating a little about herself and that she was looking for someone fun to get to know better. Soon Mary's mail box was flooded with messages from men all around the globe, including Gerald, a 65 year old retiree from Florida.

The problem for Mary was that because she didn't specify exactly what she wanted, her profile was left open to the interpretation of the reader. So she began to receive a lot of communication from people who she would never date (due to distance, age, or whatever).

Be clear in your profile about what you are looking for in order to weed out others. If Mary only wants to date local men who are within 3 years of her age then she should clearly state:

"I'm interested only in communicating with 22-28 year old men who live within 20 miles of Phoenix, Arizona."

While many men will deem themselves the "exception" to Mary's new rule, others will fully respect what she is looking for and leave her alone if they do not fit into that category.

Be very clear about what you want.

Key #2: Use Subject Header as a Filter
If you can't think of anything to say in your profile subject header that many sites require, then use it as a filter. Let's go back to our Mary example. She has already clearly stated in her profile the type of person she wants to communicate with. Yet some men apparently don't know how to read when it comes to profiles. Therefore the subject header is a good place to reemphasize what you're looking for. Here's an example Mary might use:

"Looking to chat with men near Phoenix, 22-28 years old"

Now Mary is using one of the most visual parts of her profile - the subject header - to let men know which ones should continue reading and which ones should move on.

Of course, creative types may still want to use the subject header to show their creative or funny side..."

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