With only one month of my three month eHarmony subscription left, the race is now on to see if I can get a date (or at least have an exciting conversation) using what is supposed to be one of the world’s most succesful dating websites. While I wasn’t too keen on the idea of a paid-for website, I’d heard lots of good things about it from other people so was excited to give it a go. I mean, what sort of dating blogger would I be if I hadn’t even experienced the dating giant know as eHarmony? Unfortunately, I’m sad to say that after two months, it’s just not working for me.
I went through ‘guided communication‘ with a nice-enough guy the first week I joined. I found the guided communication process to be long and tedious and to top it off, there wasn’t even a conversation at the end of it! Since then, I regularly check the matches they select for me but to no avail. The past couple of months have pretty much consisted of me saying “really, they think that we’re a match?” – just because I like watching TV, keeping my home clean and orderly and reading newspapers, it does not mean that any man who does the same is a good romantic match for me. Also the past two months have had me doing a lot of internal screaming whenever I check my matches and discover yet another blank photo with the words “request my photo” across it. I have a selection of pics up, why are they so special that they think people need to specially request to see theirs? Grrrr! It’s also very annoying to send a message to a suggested match when it turns out they haven’t logged on for three weeks and most likely no longer have a valid membership. Fail, fail, fail.
The thing is, paid-for dating sites get our money whether we get dates or not. Money woes aside, the annoying thing about my eHarmony disappointment is that after the bad experiences I’ve had this year (February’s Bug-A-Boo and April’s Stage 5 Clinger, anyone?) I am now feeling ready to date again. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the promise of summer? Or maybe I’m feeling refreshed after my New York trip? I dunno. Whatever it is, I’m longing to have someone special to think about. Someone who gives me a feeling of excitement when I receive a text message. You know the kind of feeling I’m taking about, right?
So with the above in mind I’ve gone and done it. The absolute nothingness of eHarmony has driven me straight back into the arms of free website Plenty of Fish. It’s only been three short months since I said “Goodbye to POF” but lo and behold, I’m back on there again! Even though I’ve started to get lots of the usual indecipherable messages from the POF freaks, I’m also having conversations with guys who seem pretty decent. Two months on eHarmony equals no conversation, six days on POF and not only am I speaking to guys but… I’ve landed a date too. Yes my lovelies, you’ve read correctly. I’m going on a date. TONIGHT! Woooo hooo!