by Sven Hylten-Cavallius
It's easy to discount blogs as simply tools for newshounds, people who like to gripe or sell things, or teenagers. But blogs and their siblings webcasts are actually a great way to let potential dating and emailing partners know who you are. The best news is that they're easy to put together, and you can do them for free.
Creating A Blog
The simplest way to do a blog is by opening a free account at Blogspot or a similar web service; there are also a few dating sites that are starting to let people blog on their services, though they generally charge a fee. Be certain to do all the basic work, like posting a picture or at least some sort of image to set you apart, and writing your bio.
Now the real work begins. You can make your blog a simple online diary, where you record your daily deeds, or you can write some of your politics, or collect weird news stories and post them online. The only critical thing, if you're going to refer potential online dating site browsers to it, is that it must reflect who you really are. Never misrepresent yourself; it only leads to a lot of misery on both your part and your potential date's!
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Writing Ideas For Your Blog
Don't know what to write? You can post absolutely anything you want, even snippets of songs you've heard. Do you write poetry or stories? That can go up. Or you can write about what happened to you today, or about your favorite hobby, a celebrity, or a charity you work for. Or you can focus on some of the common blog topics.
A lot of people focus on a certain type of news, generally something they have an inside track on. This is what makes bloggers so formidable a news source. Do you work for a large pharmaceutical company? Don't ever give away corporate secrets or sneak around, but you can blog about what it's like, or what the real scoop is on the drug that's being panned in the news today. Do you have a really fascinating volunteer position with, say, search-and-rescue dogs? You can write about what it's really like going out to search for someone and finding them. If you think about it, everyone has something fascinating about themselves that they can write about.
If that's scary to you, or you really can't think of anything, write about the things you'd like to do. Become a virtual tourist, and write about whitewater rafting with links out to pictures or tour companies. Or write about luxury boats. Share your passions so that your readers, and potential dates, can find out what you love.
What Not To Do In A Blog
Whatever you do, don't write depressing or angry stuff. No one wants to read about how miserable you are because you don't have a wife, or how much you hate your job and nothing else. Instead, write about your hopes and dreams, about your idea of the perfect woman (be honest), and about the things you hate about being single and having to date. You'll almost certainly find people who feel the same way. And it's having common ground that helps people begin talking online and dating offline.
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