Monday, July 18, 2011

Humor in Online Profiles

Humor. It's vital to living a healthy life. Vital also to your relationships, whether romantic, friendships, family, co-workers, or any other form of connection.

A few months ago, I decided that my online profile was too serious. It spoke a bit to who I am, and what I want in a relationship, but it just sounded dry and stuffy. You know, like this guy is quite focused and passionate about certain things, but my god, can he crack a smile. Even my photos looked kind of serious - the smiles on my face fine, but not the kind of natural, wildly joyful ones you see in some people's pics.

Anyway, after writing some of that "serious" profile material, I added a top ten list a la David Letterman. It's silly, but I like how it lightens things up. And judging by the number of responses I've gotten from women since then, including women writing to me first, it's worked.

Here's the list.

Top ten reasons why you might want to go on a date with me:

10. You won't have to do a Google Search to find my pulse.

9. Someday, you might get to pet my neighbor's cats.

8. I occasionally get chased by dogs while biking.

7. The police won't suddenly appear while we are on a date to execute an arrest warrant.

6. I have never had cosmetic surgery to remove the tattooed name of an ex-girlfriend from my chest.

5. I'm not given to long winded stories about gettin' blitzed or marathon games of World of Warcraft.

4. My relationship status on Facebook is not "It's complicated."

3. You might learn how to turn the weeds in your backyard into medicine.

2. I'm fully clothed in all of my photos.

And the number one reason why you might want to go on a date with me:

1. Because dating Harley dudes and golf addicts hasn't worked out too well.

Now, although I did date someone for a short time following putting this list up, mostly it's just increased the correspondence volume. So, who knows if it will bring someone into my life for the long haul or not. But maybe, at least, I'm sparking a few smiles and chuckles. Which is vastly needed amongst all those profiles out there that are dull, filled with painful comments and past miseries, or are, like mine was, just too serious.

* I took the photo above after a snowstorm last winter.


  1. Like the idea. And the picture. :)

  2. I think it is a good idea to lighten the profile up a bit. It seems like all profiles are basically the same so anything that can make you stand out and not in a negative way, is probably very good.

  3. Ditto to chuck's comment. All profiles seem SO similar these days. Mine actually follows your (funny) list as well. I mention things I like and it's whacky and so random. Girls like this sort of thing! :)

    Good stuff! Can't wait to hear about all the dates you'll get!

  4. You can't go wrong with a funny profile! I can't help myself when I see anything the least bit creative or funny. He will get a message. Going out this weekend with a guy that had the funniest profile I had ever read. Our subsequent emails back and forth were just as entertaining and even if there is no "spark" I know it will at least be entertaining.

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