I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that as more people visited this site, the number of um, *coughs, solicitations got increased (both in number and weirdness). But hey, meeting people is the one of few benefits of the fringe blogger. (Seriously, y’all. Let’s just be friends.) Now, I’m not going to tell you how to date a blogger. That would be too simple. But I will tell give examples of how not to date a blogger.
1) First off all, please don’t start your email or include in your email the words “Philly” and “boy” in some sort of near proximity. “Philly” and “girl” is cute. Or nauseating. Depends how you’re looking at it. But “Philly” and “boy/man/guy” is always a terrible combination. Corny. Lame. Trite. Etc, etc, etc. No girl wants to date a Philly boy. Period.
2) Just. Don’t. Ask. A. Girl. On. A. Date. Via. Email. Okay, thanks.
3) If you’re going to ask me out, please don’t copy/paste the same email and send it to all of the female contributors on my site. We talk, ya know. We’re friends. And also, there’s the fact that, um I don’t know, girls like to talk about the crazy guys who ask them out via email and then copy/paste the same exact email to girls with an obvious connection.
4) Don’t ask for a picture. I’m not sending you my picture. Ever. Even though you sent me the link to the “About” section of your website. (Although props to you for not Photoshopping your picture.) And let’s be honest. If you’re not good enough at Googling to find my picture online, there’s a warning sign right there.
Go on Craigslist/Match.com/eHarmony and the other zillion dating websites out there. A blog does not equal a dating website. Unless I specifically say so. (Or unless your avatar is SingleInPhillyGrrl. In which case, go for it, by all means.)
5) When you type “girl,” please spellcheck it. Just a suggestion. We women like to know that while Renaissance men hundreds of years ago were carefully calligraphing French poetry onto sheets of sheepskin, you can’t bother to right click on the little red squiggly lines under the misspelled words in your emails.