Get Up, Get Out and Date

23 Jan

You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t been around for a little while. It wasn’t on purpose, I’ve actually been dying to blog. But y’see the thing is, a dating blogger who isn’t actually dating doesn’t tend to have much to blog about. So, that was the reason for my silence. No point in blogging about fresh air, is there?

If you remember, a couple of months ago I wrote  ‘Blogging to Date, Or Dating To Blog?‘  and I admitted that I had been putting pressure on myself to date just for the sake of blog content. At the time  I decided I was taking an online dating hiatus, which, I did. The hiatus lasted for about all of six weeks before I got bored. I gave in to my itchy fingers and started browsing Plenty of Fish, OKCupid and took advantage of a free three day trial on Match.com. Can anyone say “addiction”? I may need to join some sort of ‘online daters anonymous’ group after all of this. Reminds me of my ‘Online Dating Sucks, But What Would I Do Without It‘ post. I definitely have a love-hate relationship with online dating.

Anyhoo, my break from dating websites only confirmed my theory that these days I can’t get a date unless I do the online thing. To be completely fair though, I haven’t followed through on my promise of trying out singles parties/events so I guess I’ve kinda wimped out of that one. However, it’s not too late. I’ve done some research and turns out there are quite a few singles parties and events coming up. I might check ’em out…

Black Dinner Dating – Next event, 5th March 2011
Admittedly, not for everyone, but I do like this idea. A chance to eat yummy food, be entertained by hosts,  live musicians AND meet single men at the same time? A start-up company by the looks of things, but an interesting concept. www.blackdinnerdating.com

Lovestruck London – Next event, 26th January 2011
Lovestruck London (also in New York, Dublin, Liverpool, Singapore and other cities)  ‘ghost-hosts’ drinks nights every so often. No entry free, no name tags, no games, no banners, no cringing. It’s painted as nice low-key drinks at a nice bar, except you’re safe in the knowledge that a higher-than-average number of single people will be there.  Nice touch.
www.lovestruck.com/london/party

Mixster – Next event, TBC
A friend told me about these guys. At a Mixster event you and three other single friends of the same sex create a team of four and that night you get to meet three other teams of the opposite sex, also with four people in them. The three guys’ teams are placed in a different pub or bar in walking distance of each other. Each girls’ team visits a pub spending 30 minutes with each before swapping. At the end of the evening everyone meets up in a late-night bar. Dating with friends, sounds kinda awesome, right? www.mixster.co.uk

Original Dating – Next event, 26th January 2011
London’s favourite speed dating events and lock & key parties – according to their website anyway. These guys look like they’re the champions of the London dating scene. They run up to five packed speed dating events every single week across the city. Wine tasting, quiz dating, speed dating, lock & key parties – you name it, they do it. I think I need to check out one of their nights, pronto. www.originaldating.com

Metro Urban Dating – Next event, TBC
Definitely not as low-key as the Lovestruck events. In fact, these events sound like slightly-embarrassing-cringeworthy-date-matchmaking-territory. Not necessarily a bad thing, I mean, you do get a free cocktail and the chance to win a spa date for two. They have ice-breaker games, speed dating and a photo wall. The fact this event is tied up with national newspaper, Metro, means they have a huge marketing budget and therefore attract a large crowd. This one is a biggie. www.metro.co.uk/lifestyle

With all that said and done, I do have a date later on today. A date from Plenty Of Fish, of all places. Huzzah!

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8 Responses to “Get Up, Get Out and Date”

  1. Mary January 23, 2011 at 12:01 PM #

    Sounds like we can expect lots of entertaining blogs over the next few weeks then!!!

  2. aperfectsonnet January 23, 2011 at 2:02 PM #

    Good luck with your date tonight!
    At least living in London gives you plenty of socialising options and singles nights. I’d love to try a speed dating night (moreso out of curious interest than a serious way to meet “The One”!) but they seem to be very few and far between up here. Unless they’re just not widely advertised, and the ones that are seem to have age restrictions that exclude me!
    I look forward to hearing about your date 🙂

    • TheSingleFilez January 23, 2011 at 6:45 PM #

      Thank you! Yep, London is great for different opportunities such as these. I have no idea what I would do if I was still single and living in my hometown, I cringe at the thought.

      I’m back from my coffee date, I’ll be writing it up shortly 😉

  3. Judy January 23, 2011 at 6:34 PM #

    Great blog post! I actually had no idea that all this stuff was going on out there – might see if some girlfriends are up for Lovestruck as it sounds nice and informal. Look forward to reading how yours go! x

    • TheSingleFilez January 23, 2011 at 6:43 PM #

      Thanks Judy! I think I’m going to go to that one too. Come along, it’ll be nice to get to meet you after all this time 🙂

  4. Harriet Bond January 24, 2011 at 12:22 PM #

    Gosh, this dating thing really is becoming big business! I do wonder, though, what we women could do with our lives if we put as much energy into ourselves and our personal development as we put into finding a man!? Personally, I am already bored of internet dating and feel irritated at the (at the moment, very small!) amount of time it takes to check messages etc, and, like you, have many times when I feel the only reason I’m doing it is for my blog (The Joys and Perils of Internet Dating, episode 11 out this week, at http://www.harrietbond.com). The solution? After Episode 11, I’m going to start a new blog topic!The only thing internet dating has done for me so far is make me feel actually ok about being single!

  5. Something She Dated February 16, 2011 at 6:21 PM #

    I love the Lovestruck London idea…but then again I might need more of a push than that…but I like the idea of all my fish in the sea being hoisted up and corralled in a fish tank for the evening hehe 😉

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