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Volume 2, Number 8 - May 18, 2005
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Table of Contents
1. From the Editor
2. Creative Date Ideas: Spin the Date
3. Online Dating Tips: Protect Your Identity
4. Relationship Tips: Handling Overreaction
5. Relationship Quote of the Week
6. Inspirational Quote of the Week
7. Romantic Ideas: The Talking Photo
8. News: Ask Sadie Joins
9. Feature Link: The Bar is Better Than Online Dating
10. Online Dating Newsletter Updates

From the Editor
A Las Vegas news channel recently did a story on a model and columnist, Sonja, who tried online dating, but ended up being assaulted by the guy she met. You can read and view the report by clicking here. Like with many people, Sonja failed to follow important online dating safety tips, particularly when it comes to meeting someone for the first time. Her story is a testament that it is important to always keep your guard up and follow advice like that given in the following articles:

> What Are The Dangers of Online Dating?
> Meeting Face to Face for the First Time
> How to Stay Clear of Married Men

Unfortunately, Sonja's experience has caused her to stereotype online dating. She says, "I realized that when I tried the online dating thing - that if you're willing to pay $19.99 a month, you'll meet $19.99 guys."

There are tens of thousands of happily married people, who met through online dating, that might dispute that statement. The simple fact is that no matter where you meet another person, if you're not cautious then you could end up a victim. If Sonja had met a guy in a bar and agreed to go out with him and gave him her home address, the same thing could have happened. The real message here is that no matter where you meet someone, it's important to be cautious and to be safe.

May your dating experiences be safe,

Joe Tracy, editor
Online Dating Newsletter


Creative Date Ideas: Spin the Date
This creative date idea is a lot of fun, but it also takes a lot of preparation. First, you need to rent or purchase a prize wheel. Go to eBay and search "prize wheel" to find some you can buy. Now fill in the prize areas with creative date ideas. Invite your date over for a "surprise date". When he/she arrives, have the wheel all set up so it is the first thing (besides you) that your date sees when the door is open. Have your date spin the wheel. Where the wheel stops is the date for the night/day. Be prepared in advance for any of the possibilities, then immediately begin your date. The cool thing is that the prize wheel can be used for other things too, like special places to go to dinner. And spinning the wheel is a lot of fun; much more entertaining than couples saying "I don't care where we go, where do you want to go?" over and over. (SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter -


Online Dating Tips: Protect Your Identity
When initially communicating with others, via an online dating service, be sure to protect your identity; particularly if you are female. Armed with just a name, a person can easily get your phone number, home address, etc. Armed with a phone number, a person can quickly get your full name and address. It's important to realize that while online dating is generally safe, there are some shady characters, even on sites that claim to weed out such characters through "background checks". When your instincts indicate something fishy may be going on with someone you are communicating with, trust those instincts. When it is time to chat on the phone, offer to call the other person or give him/her your cell phone number or use an anonymous calling service like When you meet, make sure the first meeting is in a public place, that you arrive separately, and that your friends know where you are. There's no need to be paranoid, but simply be alert when it comes to being safe
in your online dating experience. (SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter -


Relationship Tips: Handling Overreaction
"When a woman overreacts, if her partner would give her some understanding and a sign of empathy for her stress and struggle rather than make her wrong for it, she would quickly recover. The most powerful way to do this is with a hug. Women need to be touched and hugged. It is one of the most powerful ways for a man to communicate his support... Correspondingly, if a woman can give a man space to grumble he will recover more quickly." (SOURCE: Men, Women, and Relationships, by John Gray, Ph.D. - in bookstores everywhere)


Relationship Quote of the Week
"Immature love says 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'" - Erich Fromm


Inspirational Quote of the Week
"I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it." - Pablo Picasso


Romantic Ideas: The Talking Photo
Giving your significant other a framed photo of yourself can be a treasured gift and one that will remind your partner of you when you are away from each other. Why not add an extra personal touch to the framed photo idea by using a frame with a special voice recording feature? You can usually find one of these frames at your local gift shop and, if not, they are available on by clicking here. Many parents give voice recording frames as gifts with their child's voice and picture, but this is also a great idea for couples.

This romantic idea may have additional special meaning if you are in a long distance relationship or if your partner has to travel a lot for work. Being able to not only see your face smiling back at them but also to hear your voice is a good way to help them deal with missing you while away.

Pick your favorite picture of you or the two of you or go that extra step and have a professional photo taken. Once the photo is mounted in the frame, record a love message with the recording feature. The important thing is that the message is personal and heartfelt. It can even be as simple as saying the person's name followed by, "I love you and I think we are a great couple." If you're bold and creative then script a personalize poem and recite it. Simply record a message that your partner will forever cherish. (SOURCE: Online Dating Newsletter -


News: Ask Sadie Joins
(May 18, 2005 - Marnie Macauley, better known as internationally syndicated columnist Ask Sadie, has joined the new personals site as the voice behind Ask Mary. Ask Mary gives advice and counsel to those looking for romance.

Before joining, Macauley hosted an advice radio show, was an internationally syndicated columnist, and authored 20 books including the best-selling series, "A Little Joy, A Little Oy," "He Says/She Says," and "The Ultimate Sex, Love and Romance" quiz books. She has been the relationship expert and guest on numerous TV and radio shows.

Macauley has been described by as having a straight-shooting, no preaching, very personal, saucy, often hysterical and always on target style. "One of the toughest things that daters have to go through is being able and willing to jump back in to the dating game after a breakup," says Macauley. "A little humor, a little advice, and lots of chutzpah are what you will get from me."

Online dating service, which launched in February of this year, claims to be the first dating web site to provide members with an easy way to change its compatibility algorithm without having to retake quizzes or rewrite profiles. provides numerous tools to maintain a safe and secure environment including background checks, certified photos, phone chat and call blocking, private email, and instant messaging.


Feature Link: The Bar is Better Than Online Dating
Online Dating Magazine has published a reader's online dating experience where she expresses her frustrations over the many men she's met from various states via online dating. Here's a quote from her experience:

"Ok I have done the online dating thing on and off for about seven years. I have done it in California, Washington D.C., Dallas and Nashville. It's the same everywhere (except in Nashville where the men were much more gentlemanly). After my many experiences I have come to basically the same conclusion about men you meet on the net (or any forced singles situation for that matter) - they are cheap."

She concludes that people would have better success at a bar.

To read the new reader experience, click here.


Online Dating Newsletter Updates
A new "Clicking Together" cartoon, number 14 in our 20-week series, has been uploaded to the Online Dating Newsletter Website. Click here to view it.

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


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