You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t been around for a little while. It wasn’t on purpose, I’ve actually been dying to blog. But y’see the thing is, a dating blogger who isn’t actually dating doesn’t tend to have much to blog about. So, that was the reason for my silence. No point in blogging about fresh air, is there?
If you remember, a couple of months ago I wrote ’Blogging to Date, Or Dating To Blog?‘ and I admitted that I had been putting pressure on myself to date just for the sake of blog content. At the time I decided I was taking an online dating hiatus, which, I did. The hiatus lasted for about all of six weeks before I got bored. I gave in to my itchy fingers and started browsing Plenty of Fish, OKCupid and took advantage of a free three day trial on Match.com. Can anyone say “addiction”? I may need to join some sort of ‘online daters anonymous’ group after all of this. Reminds me of my ‘Online Dating Sucks, But What Would I Do Without It‘ post. I definitely have a love-hate relationship with online dating.
Anyhoo, my break from dating websites only confirmed my theory that these days I can’t get a date unless I do the online thing. To be completely fair though, I haven’t followed through on my promise of trying out singles parties/events so I guess I’ve kinda wimped out of that one. However, it’s not too late. I’ve done some research and turns out there are quite a few singles parties and events coming up. I might check ‘em out…
Black Dinner Dating – Next event, 5th March 2011
Admittedly, not for everyone, but I do like this idea. A chance to eat yummy food, be entertained by hosts, live musicians AND meet single men at the same time? A start-up company by the looks of things, but an interesting concept. www.blackdinnerdating.com
Lovestruck London – Next event, 26th January 2011
Lovestruck London (also in New York, Dublin, Liverpool, Singapore and other cities) ’ghost-hosts’ drinks nights every so often. No entry free, no name tags, no games, no banners, no cringing. It’s painted as nice low-key drinks at a nice bar, except you’re safe in the knowledge that a higher-than-average number of single people will be there. Nice touch.
Mixster – Next event, TBC
A friend told me about these guys. At a Mixster event you and three other single friends of the same sex create a team of four and that night you get to meet three other teams of the opposite sex, also with four people in them. The three guys’ teams are placed in a different pub or bar in walking distance of each other. Each girls’ team visits a pub spending 30 minutes with each before swapping. At the end of the evening everyone meets up in a late-night bar. Dating with friends, sounds kinda awesome, right? www.mixster.co.uk
Original Dating – Next event, 26th January 2011
London’s favourite speed dating events and lock & key parties – according to their website anyway. These guys look like they’re the champions of the London dating scene. They run up to five packed speed dating events every single week across the city. Wine tasting, quiz dating, speed dating, lock & key parties – you name it, they do it. I think I need to check out one of their nights, pronto. www.originaldating.com
Metro Urban Dating - Next event, TBC
Definitely not as low-key as the Lovestruck events. In fact, these events sound like slightly-embarrassing-cringeworthy-date-matchmaking-territory. Not necessarily a bad thing, I mean, you do get a free cocktail and the chance to win a spa date for two. They have ice-breaker games, speed dating and a photo wall. The fact this event is tied up with national newspaper, Metro, means they have a huge marketing budget and therefore attract a large crowd. This one is a biggie. www.metro.co.uk/lifestyle
With all that said and done, I do have a date later on today. A date from Plenty Of Fish, of all places. Huzzah!
Tags: General Dating, Singles, Speed Dating