I tried online dating about a year ago and had no success. I'm not sure what I was doing wrong, but after sending out numerous messages and not netting a single response I decided to stop. I tried a bunch of strategies, sending questions, being clever and funny, and especially being myself with no success. It was an interesting experience but I didn't really feel it was right for me.
Since I just stopped visiting dating sites but never canceled my memberships (well at the free sites at least) I still get occasional emails trying to lure me back. Here is what the profile of the person I was matched with today said,
"I love to watch and play sports. I enjoy being in the outdoors. I like to camp, fish and hunt and am not afraid to get dirty."
First, I want to be clear that I like a girl who enjoys sports and don't want a girl who screams whenever a little dirt ends up on her shoes. But I don't really wants to date a girl who fishes and hunts. I'm not that into the outdoors, granted I enjoy hiking, and occasionally will jump on a four wheeler and get covered in mud, but most of the time I would prefer going to a museum, checking out a show, or enjoying a nice dinner. My idea of enjoying the outdoors involves a camera not a fishing pole.
I'm not saying that this girl wouldn't interest me, but if the site wants to show me how great it is, especially after I know I filled out questionairs and a profile, it might want to consider tweaking some algorithms. Then again, maybe I really do want a girl who can skin a deer and gut a fish. At least I would get to learn how to cook the wildlife.