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On Being Ghosted. Again.

May 10, 2017
ghosting

You guys, I’ve been ghosted again. I won’t lie, it’s been pretty crushing this time. I sensed it was coming from a week out with someone I’d been calling my boyfriend with trepidation: unanswered phone calls, monosyllabic text messages, all petering out until… nothing. Nothing but a huge empty canyon where the warm communication should have been. This time I completely missed the mark Funnily enough, I wasn’t upset because I missed the person I was in the relationship with. I…

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Single Mum Dating: 4 Years On

March 15, 2017
4 years of dating

When I came to the dating scene four years ago after being in a long-term relationship, I was blindly optimistic. The number of dates I’d been on in my life had amounted to approximately six, with number six being with my ex-husband (and after we were ‘a couple’, so did it really count?); having spent my late teens being wooed over warm snakebite in the SU bar I was excited to live some kind of perceived single-woman Carrie Bradshaw dream. Except…

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The Five Men You Don’t Want To Date

November 14, 2016

I like to think that my dating ‘adventures’ over the last four years have amounted to something of a public service. Kind of like, I’ll date the weirdos so you don’t have to. Or, in a couple of cases, I’ll pre-investigate the weirdos so you don’t have to. I think that’s been my biggest lesson over the last few years: going from being with the same man from the ages of 18 to 27 to the pure meat market that is the…

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The 6 Month Man Drought

October 31, 2016

This year I took a 6 month break from men. Took a break from dating, I guess, more than actual men, but as my romantic interests lie in the male of the species it meant I had little contact with men who weren’t a) related to me, or b) work colleagues. It wasn’t a conscious decision, this cutting out of the men. It came after a string of bad dates and my unintentionally hurting someone’s feelings and I decided: enough.…

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The 13 Stages of Tinder

August 10, 2016
13 stages of tinder

If you are single in 2016, there is a very good chance you’ve been on Tinder at least once. As I figure at my most positive, 26 million matches a day can’t be wrong…  and if you’re on Tinder, you’ll probably need to be at your most positive. I’ve been doing it off and on for the last two years. Though mostly off because let’s face it, there’s only so many hours and weirdos in the day – I have a…

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My Real-World Dating Failure

July 12, 2016

Six months ago I closed all my online dating accounts. Tinder, Guardian Soulmates, Match.com, Bumble, Happn: they all went. They were draining time and of energy that I could have quite happily driven into other areas of my life. I mean, my online dating communications could clock in at almost two hours an evening. Imagine the size of the mountains I could move with that time! That’s my book written in a few months, or a successful PM campaign fought…

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6 Times I Could Do With a Boyfriend

May 17, 2016

I came to the realisation a couple of days ago that, for the first time since my marriage ended three years ago, I’m really quite happy on my own. Don’t write me off just yet – I’m not about to buy a couple of cats and commit myself to a life of singledom – but I am increasingly enjoying my own company, let’s say, Carrie Bradshaw-style. Think: good job, great friends, lovely home, enough shoes. Sorted! It’s an overall feeling…

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Recent Lessons In Online Dating

May 4, 2016

If you know ways to meet single men that do not involve a profile and 300 finely honed words about yourself, I take my hat off to you. Three years into the dating game and I’m still none the wiser: I’ve dated the only two friends-of-my friends who are single, joined a gym, gone to bars and struck up conversations in coffee shops. And I still don’t have a boyfriend. Nada, nothing. It’s been one of the greatest wonderments to me…

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Secret Single Behaviours

March 23, 2016
secret single behaviours

Whether it’s a bit tragic, I make no bones about the fact I’d quite like a boyfriend. On a good day I’m stoically nodding, noting that yeah, it would maybe be nice to have someone to discuss Making a Murderer and the NHS crisis with. On a bad day I’m wailing into a vat of red wine about being lonely and just wanting a body to lie next to once in a while. On a terrible day I’m perusing Cockapoo…

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Does Divorce Turn You Into A Commitment-phobe?

January 19, 2016
does divorce turn you into a commitment-phobe

Divorce, as tough as the process is, can leave you feeling like you’re emotionally healthy, emotionally clean. This is how it worked for me: I felt like I was starting my love life anew with a fresh slate, ready to accept a new relationship once time had passed and I felt ready for it. But recently, as I’ve become more of a Bridget Jones-esque long-term singleton, I’ve started wondering what the long-term effects of splitting up a marriage or long-term relationship can be. I…

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Dating In The Digital Age

December 29, 2015
Dating in the Digital Age

As a 30 year old woman who has made her career out of online publishing I’m on Social Media a lot. This is perfect – I can basically sit on Twitter all day banging on about lipstick or what I had for dinner and call it ‘building my audience’ or ‘honing my voice’. HAHA to that careers advisor who said I’d make a great Lawyer. Hitting my teens as the internet hit our homes meant my formative years were spent getting…

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