If exercise is an important part of your life and a physically active partner is a must, suggest hiking, bicycling, tennis or a long walk in the country as possible activities.

Many guys wrote more than a typical “Hey, what’s up? ” I knew they probably hadn’t read my profile and sent the same three-word question to everybody. I used to be strict with my dating parameters about age and would want a guy who was a couple years younger or older.

” email and asked questions about specific things I’d mentioned in my profile, like where to find Chicago-style pizza in L. 3) I became a better dater ( think) and more discerning. (And, hopefully, no one was answering them.) I also started paying more attention to guys’ profiles and looked for specific examples and stories that demonstrated their character versus just glossing over them. But when I added a few years onto each end—I opened myself up to more dating options.

One engaging paragraph is far better than endless run-on sentences.

Every word counts, so you want to make sure every sentence and story is memorable. Besides, you’ll have plenty of time to share more on your actual date and during the phone calls or emails before the date.

” and, my favorite, “I like candlelit dinners, sunsets and walks on the beach” (yes, people still say that! If you look at ten random profiles right now, I bet you’ll find the same thing—everyone’s “funny” and “laid-back” and “adventurous.” I used to have a standard, generic profile, too, with a list of adjectives and facts: fun, outgoing, great speller (looking back, not sure how that applied), and insert-a-bunch-of-other-adjectives here. First, I would spend 30-60 minutes talking to the client.

But when I started writing people’s online dating profiles for e-Cyrano.com, all that changed. By the end of our phone call, I’d pare down what they’d said into an enticing short story while marketing their date-ability in the process.

If I’m ever single again, I’ll be starting back up with the service, but I’ve got a feeling it won’t be necessary anytime soon.

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I’d make sure that every sentence focused on what the reader—your future boyfriend or girlfriend—could expect when dating you.