As discussed in my previous post, it can take weeks of email pingpong to get to a stage where you arrange a date.
A man’s first email would be an introduction, where he says a little about himself and perhaps what attracted him to you. Using the analogy of meeting in a bar again, it’s the equivalent of him coming over to you and chatting you up.
Unfortunately some men who’ve emailed me are clueless about what to write, even on some of the more “discerning” websites.
Here are some tips on what not to write:
“You look delicious! would love to have you for lunch.”
Wow thanks Hannibal. With fava beans and a nice chianti perhaps?
2. Compliment her on her looks.
“I have not had much luck on here and I have started to target what I consider plainer girls”.
I’m not sure what worries me most, that you think I’m plain or that you used the word “target”.
3. Compliment her figure.
“Hi Sweetie,Lovely pics of you! Did you know that you are sitting on a GIANT MUSHROOM!!”
“Betchya wanna see a picture? Well, maybe not but if you’re curious, I’ll put one up. Nothing special but then again nothing to frighten you or make you go yuck!”
I can’t think of anything I’d like more than to see a picture of you to go with your eloquent prose, although funnily enough I can conjure up your picture in my head!
5. Be self-deprecating
“I wanted to say “Hi” even if you were to take one look at me and fall onto your back with your legs in the air laughing uncontrollably saying to yourself “he’s got no chance!””
No you haven’t. That’s because your photo is of you asleep on a sofa, balancing a pint on your belly and with a worms eye view up your boxer shorts.
“i see u have a dog like me ive got a laso apso lovley like her dad lol how about a stoll by the sea the dogs can meat each like wise over a chat and a drink or what ever u would like so hope to hear from u soon lol xxx”
I don’t have a dog like you. I have a dog similar to your dog. I don’t think they would have much to chat about over a drink, even if they were to “meat” while you and I have a “stoll”.
7. Check your spelling, especially with one-liners.
“hi u lok lovey”
Yes I am a bit of a drama queen at times, especially when I’ve had two late nights in a row.
“Here in the surroundings of the Andes-mountains there are very few people I can thrust ,in spite ot the fact they talk a lot of “God” and “Bible” ans so on … don’t be afraid, I’m not the kind of person looking out on bothering you somehow, by sending you this “wink” I just wanted to show you apreciation, and sympathy.”
You’re probably quite harmless but I am ever-so-slightly afraid.
9. Talk about where you’d take her for a first date.
“we will just do wot comes natural like goin to the pub,, or the next best thing………lol lol”
What comes natural is that we will never meet!
Sorry Arnie, I won’t be back.
“Pie and a pint and think yourself lucky. Don’t want to be out of pocket if we don’t hit it off.”
Don’t forget to bring your club so you can hit me with it and drag me back to your cave.
“Meet up at a recommended dog-friendly pub, have a short walk and a meal.”
A walk and Winalot? I’m wagging my tail just thinking about it!
“aint got many interests these days, i aint got time, i go to work, come home, sort animals, feed me, wish i had a cuddle but go to bed alone. im a bloke if i get wrong tell me, if you dont tell me i’ll assume ive got it right & probably do it some more”
I bet your house is down a track, in the woods. Please read your email again, then ask yourself why you go to bed alone.
“looking for a nice lady that when you are apart from you cant wait to be next to and see again she must have no hang ups and who is definetly looking for longterm and not someone who will mess my head up again ( lol )”
Yes I was lolling too!
Yes you’re quite right, it did put me off! I too get the urge from time to time but I don’t email strangers asking for sex. I find a bar of chocolate and watching Embarrassing Bodies puts the dampers on it!
“Without appearing to be rude, may I ask you not contact me if you are financially strapped, thank you. Conversely, if you are very financially stable, then I am sure that I could make the transformation into being a kept man, lol.”
Ok, I won’t contact you. Not because I’m financially strapped but because you’re an idiot. lol.
These are all excerpts from emails I’ve received, from freebie sites to those run by broadsheet newspapers!