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As dates have been forced to take place largely online due to the pandemic, major dating apps have reported increases in messaging.
And by some reports, there have even been positive changes to the dating scene since the coronavirus took over our lives. “Many single Americans have been more intentional about whom they date, are having deeper conversations, and are spending more quality time with new partners,” The Atlantic’s Sara Konrath explains.
So as we approach Valentine’s Day, we wanted to give a special shout-out to these unique blogs for daters.
If you’re getting back into the dating game, trying to figure out a virtual date idea, or looking for advice on the best profile pics, these dating blogs can be a great resource.
DatingAdvice.com is the “Authority on All Things Dating.” A team of dating experts provides advice for straight men and women, the LGBTQ+ community, and seniors, so it’s a very well-rounded site full of helpful content.
With more than 28,000 posts, readers are bound to find answers to their dating questions.
Some of the unique features of the site include city dating guides, dating site reviews, and a dating coach directory.
The post “34 Interesting & Surprising Online Dating Statistics in 2021” definitely lives up to its title. One of the stats that I found particularly interesting: According to OkCupid, the sweet spot for an online dating message is between 40 and 90 characters.
And if you’re looking for a unique date idea that’s still socially distant, these online cooking classes with Eatwith sound like a great option.
Follow @DatingAdviceCom on Twitter.
2. Hey Saturday
Named one of the top 10 dating blogs in the UK, Hey Saturday is all about online dating. Blog founder Saskia Nelson is actually credited with creating the genre of dating photography.
So if you’re wondering how to improve your online dating profile, this site is a must-read. The blog is chock-full of helpful tips to get the most eye-catching photos for your profile, as well as general advice on navigating the e-dating world.
“Our top safety tips for students who are online dating” offers helpful advice for students that are figuring out the dating scene, perhaps overwhelmed by a new city and being away from family and friends.
Follow @HeySaturdayCo on Twitter.
This site is unique because it’s not so much about dating advice, but rather data and news in the online dating industry itself.
In addition to news articles and interviews, the site also publishes the annual GDI Power Book, which lists key influencers and startups in the dating sector. Readers can also check out the GDI Podcast, featuring interviews with some of the industry’s movers and shakers.
Here are a few recent articles I recommend reading: The Motley Fool Analyses Bumble’s Upcoming IPO; and Grindr Issued With $11.7 Million Fine For Violating European Data Privacy Laws.
Follow @Global_Dating on Twitter.
When I was researching for this post, dating coach Evan Marc Katz came up on nearly every list of dating blogs that people should be reading. And for good reason. He’s been coaching for more than a decade and strives to help women understand what men are thinking and why they do what they do.
Katz explains why he decided to give advice to women rather than men: “Believe me, I wish I could get more men to grow and change and want to understand the opposite sex, but, for the most part, they don’t. This is frustrating, and is the impetus for why I give advice to women.” He says his role is to “give you the male perspective on dating and relationships, to let you know how to understand the behaviors of good men, and how to avoid the bad ones.”
Readers can browse content by categories including chemistry, communication, flirting, a podcast, and more.
In the recent post “Want a Great Relationship? Choose a Man Who Does THIS,” Katz explains the seemingly obvious but important advice: “It’s not the grand gesture – the romantic dinner, the diamond earrings, the fancy vacation – that ultimately determines the success of your marriage. It’s the quality of your daily interactions.”
Follow @evanmarckatz on Twitter.
I was drawn to this blog because it puts a focus on real-life dating stories and experiences. “It’s a place to chronicle all the discussions on the stomach butterflies, the heartache, the confusion, and the joy that comes with romance, and place them in one space for all to read.”
The Urban Dater started as a single-author blog, created by Alex Vasquez, and has since evolved into an active community with more than 300 contributors. Content covers a variety of dating topics, including dating apps, adult dating, LGBTQ, and more.
The Ask The Urban Dater section features advice from the writers in response to real questions from readers. It hasn’t been updated in a while, but many of the questions are still relevant.
The topic of money is a tricky one, especially early on in dating, and can lead to lots of awkward moments. And while there may not be one right answer for how to handle it, there are definitely a few don’ts, which contributor Sona Goldstein covers in her recent post, “Money Matters in Dating.”
Follow @theurbandater on Twitter.
Blogger Natalie Lue created this blog in 2005 when she had an awakening of sorts after dealing with a breakup on top of coping with a serious illness. She documented her journey of reclaiming herself from her emotional baggage and working to boost her self-esteem, set boundaries, and acknowledge her fears of abandonment and rejection.
She shares her life lessons and advice with readers via blog posts, podcasts, books, and online courses. As she explains on the site, “I’d love to help you too, saving you a great deal of time, energy, effort and money so that you feel less stressed, anxious, frustrated, resentful, doubting and more, and instead, more confident, loving, trusting, and free.”
Lue’s posts touch on many aspects of dating, from ghosting to emotional (un)availability, people-pleasing, and more. Many posts focus specifically on how to deal with a breakup. It’s a topic that’s tough to talk about and navigate but Lue dives right in, which I appreciate.
It was tough to pick just a few posts to highlight, but here are a couple that caught my eye: How To Tell Someone You’re Not Interested Without Ghosting; and Dealing With ‘Occasions’ Like Birthdays Post-Breakup.
Follow @baggagereclaim on Twitter.
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Rocky Parker is the manager of Audience Relations at PR Newswire. Check out her previous posts for Beyond Bylines. When she’s not working, Rocky typically can be found cooking, binge-watching a new show, or playing with her puppy, Hudson.