Ideas for Personal Dating Profiles

Conveying your personality online doesn't need to be difficult.Conveying your personality online doesn't need to be difficult.

Online dating is popular, but the task of making your profile stand out from the others is daunting. Conveying your personality over the Internet is all in the choice of words and photos you use. Allow your personality to show through by mentioning an amusing incident that happened to you instead of describing only your basic facts. Check your spelling and have a friend read over your profile before submitting it.

About Me Basics suggests avoiding basic, dry information that could sound either boring or obnoxious. It suggests a way to avoid sounding obnoxious and egocentric could be to mention the softball team you play on instead of describing yourself as "athletic." Your "I'm a catch" qualities can be described through a short anecdote rather than outright saying so. Begin telling about yourself with a funny story or a memorable event. The people at eHarmony suggest adding more detail. Rather than mentioning you enjoy travel, describe a place or two that you have visited and why you enjoyed it.

Profile Pictures

The online dating experts at suggest avoiding photos that look overly professional or have been cropped to get rid of others. Your pictures should show you having fun---but not too much fun, as that could give the wrong idea---and doing activities that you enjoy. Keep your profile picture to one of just yourself. Seeing others in your pictures, whether a sibling, mother or child, creates confusion to a potential match.


Don't hesitate to express your values or worldview in your profile. Keep it light, but if it's important to you, it's part of who you are. You may worry that expressing certain values could turn off a potential match, but that is good. You should be loved and accepted for who you are. Mention that you're a nonsmoker or you have children or your life philosophy. These are essential parts of yourself.

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Gemma Craig began writing in 1993, expanding to various websites in 2007. She writes about interior decorating and design, travel, film, literature, technology and consumer electronics. Craig's work has been published in "Spinner," "USA Today" and numerous regional newspapers.

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