I am an adventurous person and I would try just about anything once. No wonder I have many hobbies and meet many people through those. But I had never tried blind dating in London. The concept itself seemed strange to me and besides I have always had an active life with lots of people to cater to. But last week a friend of mine went to one such blind date set up by a professional matchmaking agency and she could not stop gushing about it. So I thought I’d give it a try too.
Meeting a complete stranger
I thought for a while regarding how to get a blind date. Then I just asked a good friend to set me up with a guy I do not know, and who she feels would be a good match for me. I believe that if you are going on a blind date for the first time, this is a good way, as it at least gives you some common ground to talk about. I reached the decided spot a bit early and waited for my date. He turned up right on time.
An interesting date
I have been dating in London for a long time and this was my first experience of being set up by someone. I had expected the date to be boring, but it went surprisingly well. My friend had indeed chosen carefully. My date was good to look at, a fine conversationalist and a fan of adventure sports, just like me! In a short while, we had a lot to talk about and by the end of the date, we had exchanged phone numbers. Blind dating can be really fun, provided you like your date, of course. And if you don’t, there are always other ways to find the one you do!
Is it really blind?
Not that long ago one could really go on a blind date – having never seen the person before and having no idea what you’re in for. The truth of the matter in the current day and age though is that the person you are going to meet will almost certainly check out your online presence before meeting you. They’ll get your name and check your facebook, twitter and other social media accounts before agreeing to an actual date. Eharmony.com wrote a great article here on what the most effective profile photos have in common. You can go crazy trying portray yourself in the best light, but I’ve found it’s good to take your photography seriously but not to go overboard. Find a trusted glamour photographer in London and spend a couple hundred pounds and a few hours of your time to get it right. You’ll reap the benefits for years to come, or until you look so different that you need new pictures.