Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A New Season and New Dating Possibilities with HowAboutWe.com {Part Une}

Fall is in the air, lovelies. And with the last of the sweet summer breeze blowing, comes new beginnings, new opportunities, and new dating experiences. Or so we hope. To me, dating is all about the fun and excitement in getting to know someone new. It’s exploring. It’s sampling. And it’s filled with possibilities…

I was recently invited to review the dating website HowAboutWe.com and I thought it would be a fun way to meet new, hot interesting guys. The website is all about dates. Say something that you’d like to do or a place you’d like to go, and they help you find people who like to do what you like to do. The idea is to get more people offline and on dates. Hopefully good ones. Maybe even great ones.


Setting Up A Profile:
Setting up my initial profile took about 5 minutes. First, I selected my career, education level, my faith and its importance to me (as well as an option to keep this information private), politics and its importance to me, if I have or want kids someday, and my race/ethnicity. I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t select more than one option here since I identify as both Black and Hispanic, and felt as though I had to choose between the two. So I chose Black. For obvious reasons, of course.

Then, I moved on to sharing my habits – exercise, drink, and/or smoke – as well as the frequency I engage in each activity. Next, I uploaded my photo, which I could either choose from my desktop or from a Facebook picture. It’s official, Facebook has taken over the world. Lastly, I posted my date idea. 

It goes like this: “How about we…” and you have to fill in the blanks with your awesomest date idea in the hopes that someone might be "intrigued" by it and send you a message.

Here are some of the "funny" ones that I saw:
  • How about we... "Become drinking buddies." [Really guy? Knock it off!] 
  • How about we... "I believe a 1st date should be a quiet dinner in a gourmet restaurant atmosphere. Choice of menu would be left to my date to decide." [I have no comment for Mr. Trying to Hard.]
  • How about we... "Sit quietly and see who blinks first." [I swear, I can't make this sh*t up!]
My Profile:
To set up my complete profile, they gave me a prompt and I had to complete the sentence. Here's a snippet of my profile:
  • I have a weakness for guys who... "Have a sexy smirk."
  • For me, a 1st date no-no is... "Expecting me to pay. Sorry fellas, maybe on the 2nd date, but certainly not the 1st."
  • A story you should remind me to tell you on our first date... "That time in Miami when I... *wink*"
  • One thing my mother would want you to know about me... "She didn't raise no fool. (I hope.)"
  • My life history in five sentences or fewer... " 'Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.' Lover of all things pink... and purple. Perfect combo of sweet and badass. Resilient, hardworking, two-time Columbia University grad. Small girl, big dreams... bring it."
And I used this picture:
Yes, it's my Twitter Avatar: @MommyDelicious

My Thoughts: 
I like that HowAboutWe.com is fun and unique and gives you prompts to help you complete your profile. It's light. It's chemistry. The butterflies-in-my-stomach-oooohhhh-he's-so-cute-AND-we-have-a-similar-date-idea kind of chemistry. That's what dating is to me anyway. And I think that's what makes it different from traditional online dating sites. HowAboutWe.com wants to get you out on dates. Right away. And that can be a good thing.

Although... I can TOTALLY see the point in spending time perusing someone's online profile and engaging in endless hours of online messaging with them: It weeds out all of the creepy people. Just saying...


Your Turn To Get In The Dating Game:
HowAboutWe.com is graciously offering Mommy Delicious readers a ONE MONTH FREE TRIAL membership for those of you who want to get back (or join!) the online dating game. Simply use the code: "FallDating" and select "One Month."

So... What do you guys think of my online profile? Should I change anything? Would you date me?

Stay tuned for Part Deux of this post to see if I scored any hot interesting dates! 

{Disclaimer: Thanks to HowAboutWe.com for sponsoring my writing. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}

7 comments:

  1. So fun! That photo doesn't do you justice though.

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  2. Can't wait to see part two! I'll live vicariously through your experience since I'm waaaaaayyyyy past the dating days. Unless you count date night with my husband - which I do enjoy.

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  3. Don't change a thing. Sounds like you nailed the very essence of who you are. Hope you score some awesome dates and that you don't run into any crazies!

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  4. Omg, that dating site sounds great! LOL! If i was single I'd try it myself.

    Wouldn't change a thing about your profile, except I agree with Jill. The profile pic is "cute" but you're way more gorgeous than that in person!

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  5. @Jill and @Yakini -- awww... you gals are so sweet. Okay, I've gotta find another picture that does more for me and upload it.

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  6. I wish you so much luck on this venture! Sounds exciting. I like your profile & ur totally datable! Can't wait for part deux.
    Best,
    li

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  7. I have to pass this info on to my single friends. Sounds wonderful.

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