Raising the Dating Bar Blog

Raising the Dating Bar Blog

Learn about online dating how-tos, dos and don’ts, handling the ups and downs and having fun — all as I see it from my own experiences.

Why And How To Background Check Your Dates

In this day and age, it's common to do a little digging into a person you are dating or planning on dating. In fact, it's to be expected. A little transparency is important in dating. It's important to feel safe and to know a little bit about what you're getting into....

How To Craft An Opening Email When Online Dating

The goal of your online dating profile is to spark intrigue and to get conversations started. One of the most challenging parts of online dating getting the conversation started. I'm sure many if not all have experienced this. You search online, read through profiles...

Ghosting Happens. Roll With It.

As a seasoned online dater I have grown accustomed to the phenomenon termed “ghosting.” This is when you are texting/talking/seeing someone to all of a sudden never hear from them again. This loosely applies mostly to someone you thought was really interested. In...

Thoughts On Planning The First Date

I have a certain way I like to approach planning first dates. I actually refer to them as “pre-dates.” To me, real dates start after I’ve decided 100%, ok, this is someone I’d like to spend time with and to get to know. Pre-dates are simple. It’s coffee, drinks or...

Rejection Is A Part Of Dating. Don’t Let It Bother You.

Rejection is a part of dating. You will be rejected, and you will reject others. It’s not a fun word, it’s not a fun feeling and it adds a lot of difficulty to your dating experience. But, if you let it get you down, if you feed on the negative feelings it creates,...

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Be A Happy Single

Be A Happy Single

We date for one reason: To find companionship, whether long-term or short-term. Your dating goals are up to you. Everyone has a right to what they want and what they are looking for. Sometimes, maybe most of the time, it's tough being single. There's a lot of negative...

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What Makes Online Dating A Success?

What Makes Online Dating A Success?

The goal of your online dating profile is to get conversations started. The goal of online dating is to go out on dates. If you get a conversation started with someone (or they start it with you) then your profile was a success. If you go out on a date with someone...

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There Are No Mixed Messages In Dating

There Are No Mixed Messages In Dating

We've all been there. We've all dated that person who's got us guessing. That place of unknown, limbo and the back and forth - one day you're sure he/she likes you, the next not so much. You're left always wondering. But, of course, you are too afraid to ask. And,...

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Thoughts On Dating Over 50

Thoughts On Dating Over 50

Dating does not come without challenges, no matter who you are. But, if you are over 50 it comes with a unique set of challenges. There are many. Below are a few of the most common. First Challenge: It’s been decades since you’ve been single and dating. And, online...

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Don’t Fall In Love With Potential

Don’t Fall In Love With Potential

This has happened to many of us. We've met our perfect person……almost.  You've met the man of your dreams. He's handsome, has a great job, works hard, is ambitious, smart, he makes you laugh and you simply adore him. The problem? He's emotionally unavailable. He has...

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Don’t Date With A Bad Attitude

Don’t Date With A Bad Attitude

I will get straight to the point: There are no bad dates, only bad perspectives. If you date with the right perspective, with the right attitude, it will be a better experience. Here's a truth: You will not click with more people than you will click with. If it were...

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