Successful Online Dating

Online dating is becoming more popular, not only is the number of dating websites available increasing at an alarming rate, but so is the range available.  There are specialised dating sites specifically designed for particular groups who may face difficulties in the dating world, and results from recent studies show that more successful and long-term relationships are formed online than anywhere else.

Why is online dating so popular?

Most people join an online dating site, such as, to find love, and in their quest for finding love they meet a lot of new people and make some valuable friendships. Though they may not yet have achieved their ultimate goal of finding love, they at least feel less lonely, with new friends that understand the hardship of single life.

The Dating Hiatus

Do you have experience with dating hiatus? Okay, let me start out by telling ya’ll that I am not a naturally social person. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against people, but I am just the loner type. I am fine by myself and that is a good thing. However, this makes it super hard to find ‘the man of my dreams’. After all, how many wallflowers 'slash' hermits are out and about enough to even meet decent guys?

~ A guest post by Rachel Thomas

The reason for the dating hiatus

I’ll give you a little background to my story. When I was in high school I had one boyfriend who lasted all of six months. Frankly, I only went out with him because he was the first guy to have the guts to ask me out. I broke it off after six months of sporadic dating and for the fact that every time we went out I got sick-to-my-stomach nervous. I figured I was just not ready to date, which was fine.

A couple of years after graduation I kind of fell into pseudo dating with a teacher. He was only four years older than me and I had a bit of a crush on him, so when he invited me out to dinner I thought I’d hit the jackpot. Unfortunately it was a case of the more you know… Needless to say he turned into a big jerk and I backed out of that one fast.

Fed up with all of it I decided that I was going to screen my dates better from now on. I took a long break from dating altogether, due to a combination of family issues and trying to find out who I was and what I was really looking for.

Online Dating Experience

Dating. Just one word which, years ago, would have sent me running for the hills. I ran after relationships at one point and was burnt so badly and so quickly that I gave up. That wall was one I just accepted in my life with a certain hopeless finality. I would forever be alone. I knew that. I planned for that. Every dream I allowed myself to have included no partner. I never created my perfect wedding, named my kids, giggled over babies. I would be, forever alone.
(A guest post by Elizabeth Reed)

I wasn’t even sad about it. I was just burnt out. I had never been in love. I did not know if I could ever be in love. I doubted it. Besides, romantic love is for fools.

Then one day, I woke up. Before I knew what I was doing I was browsing dating sites.
I’m just bored, I told myself. I figured I was just looking for new friends, that it would be kind of fun to go out to dinner with someone once in a while. I claimed I wasn't looking for anything more. 

Relationship Help Forum: Fidelity Issues

The relationship help forum is a regular element here on the Relationship Blog. I take a letter from a woman with a real relationship crisis (sent to me on a relationship forum elsewhere) and edit all the identifiable details so she can't be identified. I know that highlighting these issues here will help this blog's readers who're facing the same situations in their lives, as I also include my answer to the original letter. 

Today's real life relationship story reminds us of how important it is to stay true to ourselves and what we know is right. Sally's (not her real name) story illustrates how we can sometimes allow relationships to make us second-guess even our own conscience. You can see other relationship help forum stories at this page.
Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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