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Online Dating Newsletter
Volume 2, Number 1 - March 30, 2005
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Table of Contents
1. From the Editor
2. Creative Date Ideas: Home Movie Theater
3. Online Dating Tips: Personalize Your First Email
4. Relationship Tips: Commitment Means Compromise
5. Relationship Quote of the Week
6. Inspirational Quote of the Week
7. Romantic Ideas: Top 10 Love List
8. News: Online Daters Vote Sexiest Hollywood Single Parent

From the Editor
The Online Dating Newsletter is back from hiatus and we look forward to consistently delivering to you weekly tips and inspirations as they relate to dating and relationships. Over the past several weeks we've been doing several in-depth updates to the Online Dating Newsletter Website. Here are a few of the new things:

- The look of the site has been upgraded, including a new logo and better navigation.
- We've added a "Relationship Quote of the Day" to the front page, which changes daily.
- We've added the ability for you to submit your own ideas - like a creative date idea or online dating tip.
- We've added three new sections (Webmaster Resources, Mission Statement, and Dating Fun Zone).

The Dating Fun Zone is the biggest addition to the Online Dating Newsletter. We are working on building a fun, humorous, and sometimes interactive area to explore the fun side of dating. Inside the Dating Fun Zone, you'll find the following:

- "Clicking Together" cartoon series that explores online dating.
- Four dating Word Search puzzles
- Two Flash shorts "exploring" the "trials and tribulations" of relationships.
- Dating jokes

We also plan on opening a "Funny Dating Experience" section, but need your help for this one. If you have a funny dating experience, please email it to me via jtracy@onlinedatingmagazine.com or fill out the form at http://www.onlinedatingnewsletter.com/dating-fun-zone.html

The Online Dating Newsletter is about more than online dating. It is also about relationships, creative date concepts, and inspiration to help create balance in our lives. I want to thank you for being a part of this adventure and look forward to our future communications.

Best wishes for dating and relationship success,

Joe Tracy, editor
Online Dating Newsletter

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Creative Date Ideas: Home Movie Theater
Going to the movie theater to watch a film is a common enjoyable date activity, but why not add some creativity to the common idea of a movie date? Create a movie theater right in your own living room as a fun and pleasant surprise for your partner! Here's how:

Prepare your partner for the date by sending them a ticket stub that you have created, either by mail or by dropping it off at their home or work. Make sure you let them know the ticket is redeemable at your house on the day and hour of your planned date. When your date arrives, answer the door in a suit or red vest (similar to those taking tickets at a real movie theater). Take your date's ticket stub and proceed with them to the "concession stand" where you will have popcorn, soda (in the plastic cups), and candy available to them "free of charge". Make sure the area where you are going to watch the DVD is set up for optimum viewing, perhaps with extra pillows on the couch or dimmed lights to give that movie theater feel. Choose a movie that you think your date would enjoy versus one you would prefer and give your date a "refill" of popcorn or soda, as they need it, throughout the evening.

This date idea is not only fun and creative, it will also make your date feel extra special because it requires extra effort, lots of attention toward your partner, and additional thought on your part. (SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter - www.onlinedatingnewsletter.com)

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Online Dating Tips: Personalize Your First Email
You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. This is also true with online dating. Make sure that the first email you send to a potential match is personalized to the person you are trying to meet. Carefully read and study the profile of the person you are contacting. When writing your email, ask questions specific to that person's profile and discuss topics that you think they would enjoy discussing, based on their profile. Don't just send out a generic email introducing yourself without any sort of specifics as to why you want to meet this particular person. Quote specific parts of the profile when asking a question, for example:

"You mentioned in your profile that you love the outdoors. Do you get the chance to go camping often?"

Spend only a small amount of the introductory email talking about yourself. By focusing your email on questions about your potential match you give the impression that you are truly interested in learning more about them rather than selling yourself. Of course it is important to reveal a little bit about yourself, but talking only about yourself may make you seem arrogant or egotistical. And besides, by focusing on the other person, hopefully they will write back with questions they want to know about you! (SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter - www.onlinedatingnewsletter.com)

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Relationship Tips: Commitment Means Compromise
A healthy relationship is one in which one partner makes equal decisions with the other partner. In the book "He's Scared, She's Scared: Understanding the Hidden Fears Sabotaging Your Relationships" authors Steven Carter and Julia Sokol offer advice on how to recognize the control issues in a relationship:

"Commitment means compromise. That means learning how to live with and make equal decisions with another person. If one partner controls a relationship, financially, emotionally, or otherwise, the partnership is unequal. So try to understand the obvious and hidden ways in which you attempt to control your relationships and the ways in which you allow yourself to be controlled. If control plays a large part in your life, you might want to consider exploring its possible psychological origins. You may need professional help in protecting yourself from controlling partners, or you may need guidance in learning how to manage your own impulses to control." (SOURCE: He's Scared, She's Scared: Understanding the Hidden Fears Sabotaging Your Relationships, by Steven carter and Julia Sokol - in bookstores everywhere)

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Relationship Quote of the Week
"While our differences are definitely inconvenient, they stretch us to be more whole, loving, and considerate. We are attracted to someone who is different in order to satisfy the deep yearning of our soul to expand and embrace that which is beyond ourselves. In this way, we expand to more of what we can be. In this sense, a relationship assists and supports us in being all that we can be." (SOURCE: Mars and Venus on a Date, by John Gray, Ph.D - in bookstores everywhere)

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Inspirational Quote of the Week
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall." - Confucius

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Romantic Ideas: Top 10 Love List
Everyone likes to hear the words "I love you" come from their partner unsolicited, so here is just another way to express those words to the one you love. Create a top ten list for your partner, listing the top ten reasons that you love them. You can read the list to them in person, mail it in a card or letter, or send it instantly in an email. Everyone loves getting something in the mail other than bills and something in their email box besides ads and SPAM, and the fact that it is such a heartfelt gesture will make it all that much more appreciated.

In your list, make sure to use specific examples to support your reasons for loving your partner; this will bring happy memories back to his or her mind of past experiences that the two of you have shared. Also, always list more than ten reasons, even though your partner will only be expecting ten from your "Top Ten" love list. Explain the extended list by saying something like "I know there are more than ten reasons listed here, but there are so many top reasons why I love you it was impossible for me to stop at just ten."

This list is bound to melt the heart of your loved one and make them feel appreciated and loved. A little extra unexpected effort shown by you will ensure that your partner feels more secure in your relationship, greatly appreciated, and loved. (SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter - www.onlinedatingnewsletter.com)

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News: Online Daters Vote for Sexiest Single Hollywood Parent
(March 30, 2005 - onlinedatingnewsletter.com) Many online daters are single parents. Online dating service Date.com recently surveyed 2,160 singles nationwide to find out who they believe is Hollywood's sexiest single parent. Actress Angelina Jolie and rap artist P. Diddy topped the list.

When surveying women, Date.com found that daddy Diddy only narrowly beat out actor Colin Farrell. However, for men it was a much more obvious majority choice. Men overwhelmingly voted for Angelina Jolie, mother of adopted son Maddox, as their choice for sexiest single parent in Hollywood.

Here are the complete poll results:

WOMEN

- P. Diddy - 28%
- Colin Farrell - 27%
- Bruce Willis - 16%
- Tom Cruise - 21%
- Ethan Hawke - 8%

MEN
- Angelina Jolie - 55%
- Nicole Kidman - 21%
- Uma Thurman - 11%
- Mary Louise Parker - 9%
- Fantasia Barrino - 4%

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