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But if you'd rather begin with the help of someone who knows you quite well, try getting them first to write a brief synopsis of your most appealing qualities.
Be careful of breaking the very few protocols of the personals' column. In those first lonely hearts back in the 19th Century it wasn't uncommon for gentlemen to specify their annual income.
Bernie Mc Andrew, Shrewsbury, UK Surely the time for personals is gone now that speed dating is here?
Most communication is not spoken (or written) but is facial expression, body language etc so speed dating must be the way to go - and you actually get to go out, rather than talk to an empty wine bottle.
I heartily recommend having a go at small ads, even if you're just after a laugh.
Richard, Crewe, UK This article made me think back a few years when I tried answering a few personal ads and I giggled to myself recalling the surreal but highly amusing time I had, as a newly single woman, meeting men this way.
And to the casual browser, they can be just a bit dull. Rubbish wok-cooked foods enthusiast and flammable materials-wearing loon (M) WLTM F to 45 with fire-blanket and no small amount of knowledge regarding the correct batter-frying procedures of tempura. What is more peculiar is that the ads sometimes work.They are windows into other people's lives and many make for compulsive reading.The first newspaper personal ads started appearing in the 19th Century and many magazines have had thriving columns for decades. Agencies that run small ads sections make fortunes by using premium rate phone lines and helping callers to formulate adverts.The truth is that no matter how witty/clever the ad is, and how lovely a person might sound on the phone, the reality is only revealed when you meet that person for the first time.My 4 most amusing encounters all started from small ads followed by a number of chats on the phone with apparently nice, normal men. 1) Turned up in a pale grey nylon blazer with assorted stains and missing teeth.
WLTM man to 45 who doesn't name his genitals after German chancellors.