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Online Dating Newsletter
Volume 2, Number 3 - April 13, 2005
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Table of Contents
1. From the Editor
2. Creative Date Ideas: Planetarium Presentation
3. Online Dating Tips: Create Reassurances
4. Relationship Tips: Be Assertive, Not Aggressive
5. Relationship Quote of the Week
6. Inspirational Quote of the Week
7. Romantic Ideas: Message in the Sand
8. News: Online Dating Industry to Grow by Only 9%
9. Feature Link: Online Dating Over 40
10. Online Dating Newsletter Updates

From the Editor
One of my favorite quotes comes from a gentleman named John R. Wooden who once said, "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."

This piece of wisdom packs a big punch not only for you and I as individuals, but also for businesses and the way they conduct business.

A person's character is something that is determined by his or her daily actions. Being spiteful, angry, greedy, and/or vengeful builds a negative character while being kind, giving, sincere, and forgiving helps builds a strong positive character.

The good news is that because a character is developed by daily decisions, it is something that can be enhanced at any time. For example, by consciously deciding to talk less about people behind their backs and more about positive things you see in others, you begin to instantly increase your character. The way you conduct yourself every minute of the day helps determine the type of person you are and the type of person that you will become. And nowhere is this more important than the relationships you develop.

As your character improves, you will notice that your relationships will improve too. When you live by the golden rule - do unto others as you would have them do unto you - you discover a new happiness in your life that affects the way people relate to you. This is important in dating too, because the person you are dating will often act the same way to you as the way you act towards them. Keep your focus on making others happy and it will bring you ultimate happiness.

Best of success in your relationships,


Joe Tracy, editor
Online Dating Newsletter

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Creative Date Ideas: Planetarium Presentation
Stargazing can be very romantic, but what if you live in a big city full of lights or the weather is cloudy and you can't see the beautiful night sky? If you can't get away to a secluded clear-skied area, take your date to a show at the planetarium. The two of you can lie back in the planetarium seats in the dark and enjoy the splendid show of planets, stars, and constellations. This creative idea can set the mood for a romantic evening and, who knows, you might learn something, too! (SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter - www.onlinedatingnewsletter.com)

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Online Dating Tips: Create Reassurances During Communication
In one form or another, everyone needs reassurances now and then. A lot of the clues you pick up on through face-to-face communication (a warm smile, physical contact, etc.) are not generally present in the initial stages of online dating. If you are really enjoying your communications with someone, remove some uncertainty by reassuring your match that you enjoy interacting with them.

If you look forward to receiving emails from a particular online dating match, make sure you let your match know. If you feel more connected to your match after a long chat online, send them an email thanking them for the pleasant conversation. Reassuring your match will allow them to better understand your intentions to moving the process forward and they will likely, in turn, reassure you of a mutual connection if they feel the same.

This tip also applies to relationships. Throughout the stages of a relationship, it is always good to reassure your partner that you care for them and enjoy spending time with them. Reassurance makes them more confident of your feelings and more content with the relationship. By effectively communicating how happy you are with your relationship, your partner can feel more secure about life with you. (SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter - www.onlinedatingnewsletter.com)

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Relationship Tips: Be Assertive, Not Aggressive
When trying to communicate an important but controversial issue in a relationship, it is important to remember that being assertive is much more affective than being aggressive. When you are assertive you are able to ask for what you want without attacking the other person by being overly aggressive. In the book "Emotional Unavailability: Recognizing It, Understanding It, and Avoiding Its Trap" author Bryn C. Collins explains the benefits of assertiveness and the drawbacks of aggressive confrontation:

"When you are assertive rather than aggressive, you create a safe environment for your partner. This is very important because, as you recall, one of the core issues for many emotionally unavailable persons is safety. If you are being clear, assertive, and in control of your own emotions, your partner can feel safe enough to be more vulnerable and hear what you have to say.

Remember, when you are confronting someone, your objective is still to find a solution to a problem, not to attack the other person and force your views on him or her." (SOURCE: Emotional Unavailability: Recognizing It, Understanding It, and Avoiding Its Trap, by Bryn C. Collins, M.A., L.P. - in bookstores everywhere)

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Relationship Quote of the Week
"Young love is a flame, often very hot and fierce but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals deep-burning and unquenchable." - Henry Ward Beecher

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Inspirational Quote of the Week
"You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember, that's where you'll find success. On the far side." - Thomas Watson, Sr.

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Romantic Ideas: Message in the Sand
Plan a weekend getaway to a beachfront hotel or inn with your partner. Make sure you book a room overlooking the beach and ocean. When your partner is in the shower or otherwise occupied, sneak out and carve a message for them in the sand. It can be as simple as "I love you" along with the name of your partner, or even as elaborate as a proposal. Make sure your message is written in a spot visible from the window of your hotel. Once back in the room, suggest to your partner that you both get a breath of fresh air out on the deck or patio and surprise them with your romantic message! (SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter - www.onlinedatingnewsletter.com)

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News: Online Dating Industry to Grow by Only 9% This Year
(April 13, 2005 - onlinedatingnewsletter.com) In previous years, online dating services saw massive double-digit percentage gains in business. That, however, will change this year. The online dating industry grew by 73% in 2002 and 77% in 2003. In 2004, however, those high numbers began to drop - the 2004 online dating market grew by only 19%. According to an online dating research report from Dublin Research and Markets, the online dating industry will grow by just 9%, to $516 million, in 2005.

Because of the decline in industry growth, dating sites have focused on increasing conversions of viewers into paying subscribers in order to keep growing. The report states that conversion rates in the online dating industry have increased about 25% in the last year. Many dating sites are also paying more attention to serious daters rather than casual daters to increase their site revenue.

Serious daters are those people who go online hoping to find long-term relationships or marriage. Serious daters convert 20% more often, are twice as likely to purchase long-term subscriptions and pay up to twice as much per month as casual daters.

While online dating leaders Match.com and Yahoo! Personals are struggling to grow revenues, relationship-focused eHarmony has drawn increased attention from consumers, the media, and venture capitalists. It is this relationship focus that many dating sites are turning toward in order to increase their financial success.

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Feature Link: Online Dating Over 40
Sometimes the process of online dating can seem intimidating to someone over 40 when all the advertising of online dating services seems aimed at those under 40. Online Dating Magazine writer Julie-Ann Amos points out that the number of people using online dating services grows with age. In the article, Amos gives several tips for those over 40 who are thinking of entering into the world of online dating to find that special someone.

To read the feature article, click here.

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Online Dating Newsletter Updates
A new "Clicking Together" cartoon has been uploaded to the Online Dating Newsletter Website. Click here to view it.

A new section has been added to the Online Dating Newsletter Dating Fun Zone. Click here to view the new Dating Fun Facts section.

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