MILES FROM THE AISLE
What began as a nervous exercise in putting myself (way too) out there, the dating-and-relationship column requested of me by my editor (against my will) eventually became a massive success. (Thanks, Ron!) Originally launched on CarolinaBride.com in 2009, Miles From the Aisle gained traction on CharlotteObserver.com and local media and climbed to 30,000 readers per post by mid 2010. Here's a sampling.
In honor of the book, "Undateable: 311 Things Men Do That Guarantee They Won't Be Having Sex," I decided to poll various members of the male species to see what they consider female deal-breaker behavior. After reading their responses, and getting a few “Save me!” glances from men on the street, I’m thinking this may be long overdue.
Guys, I'll admit it. We women are a fickle breed.
ALL BY MYSELF
Despite my need for companionship, I’m generally a fan of doing things alone. Like shopping. (Get in. Get out. Get on with it.) Or flossing my teeth. So when a friend brought to my attention that I had yet to attend a movie by myself, I was excited to embark upon this single-person-rite-of-passage.
IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE
While I’ve always considered dating sites to be a cesspool of creepiness, I’ve also read many a success story working on Carolina Bride, so I set out to prove myself wrong.
RUNNING: DAY ONE
I'm going to run a half marathon this year. No, really – I have the shoes to prove it. A pair of one-hundred-and-forty-dollar glorified slippers that will be absorbing the shock of the road and the inevitable shock my otherwise lazy body will feel as it wonders why we're suddenly moving with such haste.
CALLING IT QUITS
I've been in a lot of relationships. Some short-term, some long-term and some simply way too long, one of the benefits of dating is not just learning the ins and outs of being in a relationship - but also how to get out of one gracefully.
BENEATH THE SURFACE
We all have our own red flags. Whether it’s lying, punctuality, cheating or anger, they are very real warning signs that need to be addressed as they arise – and the first person you need to address them with is yourself.
INTERVIEW WITH AN ADULTeRESS
Ashley Madison's CEO Noel Biderman says he's not encouraging anyone to have an affair - he's just giving them a place to do it.