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Here are some tips for writing better personal advertisements or your profile information and introductory letters.
The premise for good personal writing is to "sell yourself." You do this by sounding as if you are approachable by emphasizing your best points and through not making disastrous mistakes. Every word will be considered by others. Don't give any reason to reject you, or sound as if you would reject them. The idea is to get as many letters from different people as possible. After you correspond and talk with them, you and they can better make a decision about whether to move the relationship toward a higher level. And most important to all--be honest. Tell about the person you are, not the person you want to be.
1) This rules is the first one for a reason: Sell yourself, don't sell the type of person you are looking for. Others will read your letter to find out about you not the type of person they are looking for. When you start listing all the things you are looking for in a mate, what are you doing? You are getting more and more specific about your "ideal partner" and that rapidly narrows your pool of potentials. No one has exactly all of the qualities you are looking for. If you are less specific about what you are looking for, you may receive a letter from a wonderful person with a lot to offer, that you might not have normally considered. By being so exacting and specific in the type of person, you are throwing away a lot of possibilities. And, if you do get a letter from someone who doesn't match your interests, you can always turn them down in a polite letter. The idea is to get as many letters as possible. In the search, for that special someone, volume is always better. A happily married couple visited our office on their wedding anniversary. The lady reported receiving more than 100 letters from her Country Connections subscription and didn't know what to do. She let her father read through the letters and he gave her one and said, "This guy's a keeper, you better write him." She did and the rest is history. They had been married five years at the time of their visit to our office.
2) This is one for the men. Stop writing that you are looking for a "slender woman." Guys, have you ever met a woman who thought she was slender? No offense to the woman who are reading this but nearly all will say they would like to lose a few pounds. When a guy writes that he is looking for a slender woman, that is akin to writing that they are looking for a super model. Many will be afraid to write. Men have more tolerance for body types than theu think.
3) This one is for the women. Many men want a slender woman and the women want a "guy." To a man, nothing sends up red flags faster than writing about his finances. Have you ever met a man who said he wants a woman to marry him for his money? Although they might act like boys with costly toys, men want to be loved for who they are, not how much they have. Writing how you are looking for a financially secure guy, is going to scare a lot of men off and limit your responses.
4) Men, believe it or not, how well you make a living counts for a lot in your attractiveness. If you can't hold a job, save money, pay your bills and be financially responsible, you need to set your loneliness aside and start improving yourself. It wouldn't be fair to you or the woman to bring her into a relationship where you are not floating above the financial waters. Financial security is important but don't flaunt it.
5) Ladies: physical attractiveness is important. A healthy, active woman is more attractive than one who is sedentary and unmotivated. If you can live a more healthy lifestyle, it could aid you in your search for that special someone. If you are exercising or doing things to improve your health, they could be a selling point if used shortly.
6) Some people are afraid to reveal their age or weight and leave those questions vague. To someone reading your letter, this could appear as though you have something to hide. Letters and profiles are not the place to be deceptive. It is best to be open and show who you really are.
7) Subscribers who send pictures to be published with their personal profile always seem to get more letters. And more letters means a higher probability of success. However, don't send just any picture. If you don't have a good picture, have a friend take a photo of you. Remember, people are going to be looking at your photo and using it to help them decide if they want to write a letter. Please provide us with a flattering photo. We have received them, but driver's license photos and pictures taken with a former spouse are not real helpful. Neither are pictures taken 10 or 20 years ago. The best photos show happy, pleasant to be around people.
8) Even though the profile form is the same for everyone, you have an opportunity to write about yourself at the bottom of the form. Use this space to write something original and creative. Be yourself. Be different from the other subscribers. Make yourself stand out as a person with something unique and wonderful to offer others. The more information you provide, the easier it is for our staff to prepare your profile. We remember the lady who wrote, "I can dig postholes with the best of them." Her profile stood out and she received lots of mail.
9) When it comes to hobbies and leisure activities, men like men things and women like women things. Fortunately, our interests sometimes crossover and we find things in common with someone else. And common ground is the number one reason we enter into relationships with others. When writing, every word becomes important for selling yourself. That is why both men and women should first include those hobbies and interests which would also be of interest to others. If you are a woman who likes to watch college football, by all means, list this. And, men, if you like to cook, women would consider that a golden nugget of information.
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Don't be too quick in revealing your name, address and telephone number. Get to know the person you are corresponding with first. On first dates, we suggest you meetat a neutral location, perhaps at a cafe, shopping mall, fair or similar event.
Below is a link to an article, "Looking for Someone: Sex, love and loneliness on the Internet", By Nick Paumgarten, published in the July 4, 2011 Issue of the True Romance Dept. of The New Yorker.
The New Yorker Article Link
(Condensed from the Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star)
The love connection played to a rural tune, continues to boom in this small eastern Nebraska town (Superior) near the Kansas border.
Country Connections caters to single farmers and has a thick testimonial file of letters that tell of marriage and romance.
Country Connections subscriber Joe (39) is not a farmer but lives in a small town. "I'm not desperately seeking a wife," Cockson said, "I joined it to meet more people that I might usually meet. Living in a small community like I do, there is not nearly the opportunity to meet people on a daily basis. In my hometown there are a lot of bachelors and not a lot of single women."
Country Connections is a clean cut, no-smut newsletter. The bulk of the monthly profiles pain the pictdure of wholesome singles. Many attend church, most say they seldom drink and all seem to enjoy quiet evenings at home. Jim said he collects oil lamps and Bibles.
Annie said she is "tired of going out with guys who don't know which side is up on a cow."
The newsletter edits out anything racy. "We don't like sleaze. We want it done tastefully. It is not a sexual thing we are after," explained the publisher, Bill Blauvelt.
Because many fear being contacted by "kooks" the newsletter is confidential. It circulates only to subscribers and never publishes the subscribers' last names, addresses or telephone numbers. Subscribers are identified by number and first names. With the number letters are forwarded through the publisher's office.
"You can kind of feel the person out before you meet them," Cokson said.
The experience has left subscriber Mollie Simpson, 36, with an enhanced ego. Simpson said she received about 60 letters after her profile and picture was published.
Divorced, Simpson has not had much dating experience and freared the statistics that claimed single people in their 30s were more or less doomed to a single life.
But now, after all the letters, Simpson is in no rush to marry. "If there are that many possibilities out there, I am not going to settle for second best," she said.
The profiles are screened for content and if a subscriber is caught lying, his or her subscription can be canceled.
The Country Connections Newsletter has been featured in newspapers around the world, in many magazines (including Farm Journal and Life) on television programs (including CBS Evening News) and radio programs (National Public Radio and Paul Harvey).
We will add new resources from time to time that our current and potential subscribers may find interesting or helpful. If you have an article you would like to suggest sharing, please feel free to contact us with your suggestions.
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