How to survive an awkward first date


When you're in the online dating scene, eventually you're going to have a bad first date. It doesn't matter how thoroughly you think you've screened someone, sometimes there just isn't spark or the other party has misrepresented themselves online. Ultimately, it's hard to gauge how well you'll actually get along with someone until you meet in person. Here are some strategies for how to minimize the suckage of a not-so-great first date. Make the first date informal When planning a first … [Read more...]

Great Dates in 50 States: Seattle, Washington (Part Deux!)


EDITOR'S NOTE:  Welcome to Kirsten Rogers of LikeBright, a social matchmaking site, for another article in our Great Dates in 50 States series. Kirsten's list of geeky dates adds to the list we have from our first Great Dates in Seattle article by Wizards of the Coast's Bruce Cordell. With all these great places, I think I may need to take a trip to Seattle. Great Dates in 50 States: Seattle, Washington by Kirsten Rogers, LikeBright Seattle offers a wide range of playful date options … [Read more...]

Great Dates in 50 States: Chicago, IL (Part Two)

Guest Post by Sarah of Lovestruck Choosing the right location for a date can be a tricky task; it’s important to spend time to research the best places to impress. However, with the help of, this task becomes a lot easier through the Great Dates in 50 States section. In this article, the focus will be the windy city of Chicago. The Aviary If you both like cocktails, then the Aviary is the ideal date location. Ever since Tom Cruise donned the bartender outfit, the cocktail … [Read more...]

Great Dates in 50 States (and Canada!): Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax Skyline Great Dates in Canada

Planning a trip to the East Coast? Already a resident there? Perhaps you're familiar with Halifax, the student mecca of the entire Atlantic region of Canada, with more students per capita than Boston. This explains why it's also the geek capital of the region, particularly when you consider the computer and technology-related colleges in the area. So when you're a geek in the heart of Atlantic Canada, what are you going to do on a date that's a little bit more original than walking up and down … [Read more...]

Meeting People From The Internet Does Not Result In Axe Murder


Meeting people from the internet is not scary or dangerous 99% of the time. If you're stalling doing online dating because you're scared of eventually taking it offline, I've got some pointers below.  But first, a little squeeee of a story: I met J for the first time last night! J was hired at Geek's Dream Girl just over a year ago and wrote her first post on February 23, 2009. We've been working together since then, chatting nearly every day, and despite having never met in person, … [Read more...]

Great Dates in 50 States: Portland, Oregon


Welcome to another great guest post in our Great Dates in 50 States series! Please welcome to the stage Kelly Burbidge and her great dates in Portland, OR: Portland is The City of Roses, but its true beauty comes from the wonderful people you can meet here. Portland is full of charming, artistic people, and is a great place to find romance. I have lived here most of my life and I never get tired of taking my sweetheart out to explore our great city. Simply stroll along our waterfront at … [Read more...]

Great Dates in 50 States: Washington, DC


Welcome to another great guest post in our Great Dates in 50 States series! Please welcome to the stage Stephanie Yoder of Twenty-Something Travel and her great dates in Washington, DC: Washington DC is known for many things (fat cats, legislation and bad traffic come to mind) but romance is not really one of them. However, there are lot of fun and unique things to do in the DC area that are interesting, fun and yes- romantic! AFI Theater The American Film Institute … [Read more...]

Great Dates in 50 States: Kansas City, Missouri

(e's note: Welcome to Natalie Vick of Cynergy Match, today's guest writer for Great Dates in 50 States.) Here are a few of my favorite date nights in Kansas City, Missouri: … [Read more...]

First Date Pressure: Don’t Get In Your Own Way

Let's say you've seen someone whose interests seem compatible on an online dating site. You send her an email, and she sends one back! She seems just as interested in you as you are in her, and soon, you've arranged to meet. You could be nervous about what she'll think of you - but why stress over something you can't control?  Instead, make sure your inner demons don't end this potential relationship before it begins.  … [Read more...]